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Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects: Designs from Stringing to Beadweaving is the brand new book from one of the world’s most popular beading designers and authors. It presents 25 beading projects for a range of skill levels and with a range of techniques. Everyone will find a lot to love in this book, from new beaders to very experienced ones! Here’s how Jennifer VanBenschoten described the book last week in a review on her great VanBeads blog Jewelry, Art and Life:

“These projects represent the very best of Diane’s extensive technical knowledge when it comes to crafting beaded jewelry. There are knotting projects, beadweaving projects, and assemblage projects that use some basic wire skills to create. Not all of the projects are technically challenging for an advanced beader, but they are most inspiring. In the Buddhist tradition of getting back to a ‘beginner’s mind,’ some of these projects will provide a wonderful and welcome break when you just want to bead something beautiful. If you want to expand your general jewelry-making skills to include work with fibers, fabric, and knotting, this is the book for you. Diane has really allowed herself to develop as an artist over the course of her career, and this book is a delightful compilation of all the skills and techniques she has mastered along the way. For any serious bead artist looking for something new to try, Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects will provide hours of enjoyable beading projects.”

 

You can preview the book at two other blog posts: download a PDF of the Fortune Teller Beads necklace project from the book here AND see a preview of photos of projects in the book and download a PDF of the beautiful Midnight Snowflakes necklace project here.

We’re giving away a signed copy of Diane Fitzgerald’s Favorite Beading Projects paired with a signed copy of Diane’s classic book Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch, which was the best-selling first book released in Lark Jewelry & Beading’s Beadweaving Master Class series.

Diane Fitzgerald

How can you enter for a chance to win the pair of two outstanding books from Diane? Easy: Leave a comment on this blog post by 9 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 7. Any comment counts, but in the spirit of some recent posts from my colleague Nathalie Mornu, it would be great if you’d tell us which bead store is your favorite — and what makes it so good.

One winner will be selected at random and announced on Monday, March 12. Click here for the official rules. Thank you for being a part of the Lark Jewelry & Beading community, and please connect with Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook.

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UPDATE, March 9, 2012: Congratulations to Christine Forgo of Mansfield, Texas. Christine is the randomly selected winner of the two signed books from Diane. Thank you to everyone who participated! ~ Ray

 
 
 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001347931776 Hockey Mam

    Love your book! I get alot of my gems from Fire Mountain Gems, love the multiple order discounts. Thank You for the chance to win this wonderful book.

  • Hidhonabrs

    ME ME ME pick ME for the free copy!

  • http://www.awjewelryandbeadwork.com/ Awjewelry

    Wow! would LOVE to win these

  • Deci Worland

    Great book! I find Fire Mountain Gems to be the most comprehensive source for supplies, and I also order a lot of my seed beads from Artbeads. I buy Czech bugles from Shipwreck beads, they carry the long ones. They are my top three.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leanna-Benjamin/528693357 Leanna Benjamin

    I would love to win these books they look really good. http://www.absolutebeads.co.uk beads direct and various ebay shops are great places to feed my bead habbit!

  • Christine Bolin

    I used to go to a local store.  It’s out of business now so I use online stores.  Fire Mountain Gems is a good website.  The book looks gorgeous.  I would love to win!

  • Christine Bolin

    I used to go to a local store.  It’s out of business now so I use online stores.  Fire Mountain Gems is a good website.  The book looks gorgeous.  I would love to win!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6OCNNHOACHTPAIETIRFHMXAKAE Karin Render

    I’ve only recently properly discovered a whole new life in my beads apart from stringing, and ilove coming to look at your site, and thank you so much for the PDFs, they are amazing.  Wouldn’t this be a great way to extend my learning…thank you for the chance to win.

  • Tycialk

    What a wonderful giveaway. Pick me. Pick me! Whoever wins this will be lucky & oh so happy.
    Tycialk

  • Ssorca19

    ooh, i’d love to add these to my collection!  thanks for the opportunity!

  • czecher

    I admire Diane’s desire to explore new and old techniques in seed bead work, in both the N. American and Old World styles. Lots of history in beading!! My most often used bead store is 
    http://www.bellomodo.com/. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/Julia_Creations Julia Creations

    What a great idea! I love auracrystals.com for their variety of seed beads and swarovski and super-super quick shipping!

  • Coolmoon

    As with all of Diane’s books, this one looks beautifully done.  Can’t wait to see it in print!  The copy of her “The Beaded Garden” that I own is very well used and very dog eared!  Can’t wait for a new book to add to the collection….

  • Janel

    My favorite bead store went out of business! Hated to see it go!! Diane is one of my favorite beadwork designers. I have loved her books for many years.

  • Rebecca Jake

    I wish there was a local bead store that I could shop at, about ten years ago, when there was a great bead store here, I had the opportunity to take two classes from Diane.  It was an unbelievable experience, I learned a lot.

  • Gill

    the book sounds great

  • Diane Jones

    Love Diane’s books! Her directions are so easy to follow!

  • Karen Ringen

    Diane spoke at my local Bead Society meeting and I stood in the book signing line for a chance to talk to her. I also showed her a piece I had beaded from her Zulu book. That day she challenged me to another piece from the same book. I hope to someday show her that piece too. Her work is amazing and I am always inspired by her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1585462080 Rachel Allman

    Lovely projects!!!I usually shop at a local store called “El Taller”. Their beads are gorgeous!!!

  • Rebekah209

    My favorite bead store is Bead Dreams on Pacific Ave. in Stockton, Ca.  It has a little bit of everything and a whole lot of seed beads in a wide variety of colors, sizes, and shapes.  I attend conferences out of town regularly and every time I do I map out the bead stores in a reasonable vicinity. I’ve been to dozens of beads stores and none can really compare to Bead Dreams.  The seed beads selection (as I already mentioned) is better than I’ve ever seen, there are pearls, gems, vintage beads, findings and crystals, oh my the crystals. I took my first class there about 5 or 6 years ago and haven’t stopped beading since.  Deborah and Enola are fabulous!

  • Jennifer Ehrichs

    LOVE Diane Fitzgerald!  Unfortunately I don’t really have any good local stores, but I go to Bead Monkey in the Twin Cities whenever I visit my mom :)

  • Dawn

    Sadly, the best local suppliers for beads here are the chains (you all know their names). But if I want to drive an hour, Mats Beads in Vestal NY is really cool.

  • Wlstarn

    There’s only one bead store here: A Bead Boutique.  I like the HoleBead Shop online.

  • Scotdog

    Wow, I saw someone walk around at Bead Daze (GLBG) just this past week with this new book & wanted to grab it, but I’m too polite for that.  LOL!  Would love to win it. 

    My favorite store right now is 1 Stop Bead Shop in Dublin Ohio.  I teach there & the class room is so well lite with a big glass window so when I need to get my students motivated, all they gotta do is look out & watch everyone shopping & laughing & having fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dori-Benner/100000930471882 Dori Benner

    hi My favorite bead store is Brazos collection in Salado, Texas!! awesome beads at wholesale prices !! I can never leave there without picking up something new and interesting, they have a little of everything and i love the porcelain, turquiose, and crystals !!

  • Ronit

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s books so I’d love a chance to win her latest – thanks!

  • clrimmer

    My favorite bead store went out of business so I buy beads at retreats, shows and online when I can get free shipping.
    I would love to win this book.  Diane’s designs are the best.

  • Carol

    What a fantastic prize! Count me in please xxx

  • Julesck41

    i would love to win these books, i’m just starting to make jewelry and nees all the inspiration that i can get

  • Boundarybay

    Diane is a beading companion and friend of my friend Liana McGee who wears a lot of Dinne’s designs  I have yet to see what that I do not love and if I don’t win the book, I will be purchasing it along with one other one she has published – Beading Across America I think Liana said it was called.  There is a bracelet in there that I can’t live without!!!

  • Fabfiber

    My most favorite bead store isn’t local, but I visit it every chance I get.  It’s The Turquoise Coyote in Panchatoula LA.  This store has it all and the best prices ever.  If I am looking for seed beads though I wait for the Bead and button and get them from Out on a Whim.
    I was lucky and too a class from Diane, she is a great teacher!  Just love her bead work and I won her books…hopefully I can get this one too!

  • sound beader

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s books.  I have The Beaded Garden and it has really inspired me to incorporate 3d flowers and leaves in my beading projects.  As for beads stores, the nearest one that sells seed beads is more than an hour away.  

  • Beadylyd

    I have been a fan of Dianes work and her books for many years. I love her style. She’s so creative!

  • http://profiles.google.com/beads.boutique Amy Blevins

    What a fantastic giveaway!

    Favorite Bead Store:   the newly renovated & expanded Bead & Glass Boutique, Pitman, NJ !!

  • Cforgo

    I love Wild Beads in Arlington, TX.  Wonderful choice of beads for all your projects and our beading club Wild West Bead Society meets there every 3rd Tuesday of the month.  Beverly always welcomes us and sometimes donates beads for our classes or bead challenges.  It would be great to have one of Diane’s books to broaden my beading horizons!

  • Julie Riecher Vasquez

    I have all of Diane’s books except this one!  I would love to take a class one day!  Good luck everyone!

  • Mwaugh257

    A number of local bead stores have gone out of business but my favorite in driving distance is Bead Creative in Hampton, NH. Cathy Remington has a great selection of seed beads and literally some of everything you could need or want. She’s a bundle of energy and has a heart of gold and a fabulous sense of color and design.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=775208988 Djeilan Trueblood

    My favorite place to buy beads is at Gem Faire trade shows. The selection is eclectic and seemingly infinite, and you can’t beat the prices anywhere.

  • Wrpnwft

    My favorite bead store is Mana Beads, in Nevada City, CA. It is located in the historic district, and is run by a wonderful couple.  I look forward to shopping there when I visit my parents in Grass Valley. 

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s book, Shaped Beadwork, and hope to be able to add it to my bookshelf soon.

  • Wrpnwft

    My favorite bead store is Mana Beads, in Nevada City, CA. It is located in the historic district, and is run by a wonderful couple.  I look forward to shopping there when I visit my parents in Grass Valley. 

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s book, Shaped Beadwork, and hope to be able to add it to my bookshelf soon.

  • Wrpnwft

    My favorite bead store is Mana Beads, in Nevada City, CA. It is located in the historic district, and is run by a wonderful couple.  I look forward to shopping there when I visit my parents in Grass Valley. 

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s book, Shaped Beadwork, and hope to be able to add it to my bookshelf soon.

  • Stitchkat

    This is a great giveaway-I would love to win!. I really admire Diane’s creations. My favorite bead store is Sea of Beads here in Austin, TX, but we are lucky to have muliple local bead shops.

  • Stitchkat

    This is a great giveaway-I would love to win!. I really admire Diane’s creations. My favorite bead store is Sea of Beads here in Austin, TX, but we are lucky to have muliple local bead shops.

  • Stitchkat

    This is a great giveaway-I would love to win!. I really admire Diane’s creations. My favorite bead store is Sea of Beads here in Austin, TX, but we are lucky to have muliple local bead shops.

  • Mary Kearney

    I would love to win these awesome books!!!!

  • Mary Kearney

    I would love to win these awesome books!!!!

  • Mary Kearney

    I would love to win these awesome books!!!!

  • Moon2bead

    My ‘local’ bead store is about 1.5 hours away–Cindy’s Crafts in Johnson City, TN so I don’t get there too often–maybe 3-4 times a year.  But, I can contact Cindy via email or phone and she pops what I need in the mail and I usually get it in about 2 days.  You can even pick out a project in a magazine and she’ll pull the beads for you in the colors you want–great customer relations.  But, you know you just have to feel the beads every so often so off to Cindy’s I’ll go.
    Another favorite store is Birdsong Beads in Andrews, NC where our beading group goes whenever we have our retreats in Robbinsville, NC–it’s a very well stocked store and they have a wonderful collection of projects worked up in different colorways from projects in recent magazines–you just pick the project and pull the beads!!  Then back up the mountain and we work on them.

  • Patrick Duggan

    Having been a relatively new beader I discovered Dianne’s book Shaped beadwork and began to truly improve my bead weaving skills. Living in Australia we don’t get as wide a range of choice as in Fire Mountain Gems or Whimbeads so I import a lot of my needs from these two stores. 

  • Patrick Duggan

    Having been a relatively new beader I discovered Dianne’s book Shaped beadwork and began to truly improve my bead weaving skills. Living in Australia we don’t get as wide a range of choice as in Fire Mountain Gems or Whimbeads so I import a lot of my needs from these two stores. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1615797425 Lisa Muck

    My favorite store for beads, well its Michaels. I’ve never not been able to find what I was looking for at their store. Would love to win this book, need some new inspirations!

  • Marlene Emmons

    Love Diane’s work!  I own some of her patterns and books and so admire her expertise!

  • Jennywoods

    I love beading. I would love to create some jewelry for my boys’ upcoming school auction. I would love to win this book

  • Traci

    My favorite depends upon my needs:  Locally – it would be The Powderhorn Trading Co.  Rings & Things is also one as Spokane is on my husband’s marketing schedule; I am always excited to see what is new in their showroom.  Many times I will get my supplies the next day when I order from them.  And of course, Diane is one of my favorite authors when it comes to beadwork.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lynne.baileyslayden Lynne Bailey-Slayden

    Diane’s designs are wonderful. I would love to win these books!

  • Jackiemarchant

    Oh my ….Holy moly I am so darn excited about this giveaway….I am crossing everything I can possibly cross in hopes of a chance at this one…This is a fabtabulously generous giveaway so sign me up ty ty ty ty ty
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Wellman/530856024 Jennifer Wellman

    I don’t have a favorite bead store, in particular. What I like is discovering beads and jewelry-making pieces in odd places. Two of my favorite places to look are craft fairs and antique malls. I like finding older jewelry and reusing it. Sometimes what an old beaded necklace needs is a little love and a few updated pieces added in!

  • TybeeHouseCat

    Awwww, you aren’t giving Diane away? LOL I love her designs! She was in our area last year for classes and I was so impressed! I’ve been wanting to buy her books but haven’t had the extra cash to do so. This would be an awesome win!!!!

  • MariLynn75

    Diane Fitzgerald’s designs are awesome. I am constantly buying beads and my stash has a little of lots of beads – favorite being seed beads. Would love this book for the added flowers and shapes.

  • Norma turvey

    I usuually do my shopping online, as I don’t really like my local bead store, but when I travel north, my store of choice is Shipwreck Beads……..I would love to win Diane,s books, I love her bead work!

  • Patricia Williams

    OMG, I love Diane’s work.  Have both free patterns from the book and can’t wait to try my hand at the beaded beads.  Fabulous!  I would so love to win this new book.  Thanks so much, Lark, for the opportunity.  Patricia Williams, Charlotte, NC

  • Mnwhit8

    I’ve seen some of her work before and would love to see more, but I can’t find her books anywhere. Even if I could, I can’t afford it. PICK ME FOR FREE BOOKS!

  • Diane

    My favorite bead store is Garden of Beads in Anoka, MN.  They have everything including an awesome staff!  

  • Patricia Williams

    Was so excited I forgot to add my comment re my favorite bead stores.  So here it is.  I do try to support my local bead stores whenever possible.  I believe it also supports my community so to give them a shout out — Thanks for being there Bead Boutique and Beadlush.  My online fave for when I need something I can’t find locally is OutOnAWhim and Rio Grande (for other than beads-like great tools).  I also like School of Beads (its Carol Wilcox Well’s online bead shop); it has fabulous colors of seed beads and great prices. 

  • Mary

    Way back in the eighties, I took classes in the twin Cities from Diane – a bead-woven project, and the sea anemone bracelet. Wonderful then and now.

  • Tmklavin

    Such beautiful Designs….would love to try them !

  • smARTaleck studio

    Having admired Diane’s work since the first time I saw it – I too would LOVE to win her book. A bead store I’ve been going to in Atlanta since BEFORE I moved here 9 years ago is Beadazzles.  The friendly customer service and design knowledge is consistent and welcoming.  I also buy beads at local bead shows. I  don’t often order beads online.  I like to see and touch the beads.

  • Adele Rogers Recklies

    I love Diane’s designs and Diane herself.  I guess my favorite bead store would have to be Twisted Sistah run by Leslie Pope.  Not only does Leslie have interesting beads but she is a friendly and enthusiastic beaders always ready to help her customers.  I look forward to seeing her when our paths cross at bead shows.  My other favorite bead store would have to be Beyond Beadery because I spend an awful lot of money there.

  • chris

    ‘would love to win.  
    Favorite bead shop?  You can’t beat your local bead store where you can see the actual color, size and texture of the beads, and also pick up something needed in a hurry.  On-line you get great deals and many offer free shipping.  Beadfest in Philly is the best for searching out pieces with so many options, and getting some extra good advice and mini lessons.  

  • Kassie

    Hmmm, it’s hard to choose a favorite bead store, but I think Cindy’s Crafts in Johnson City TN probably wins. Her prices are amazing and so is she! I love Diane’s Shaped Beadwork book, and I’m sure the new one is absolutely fabulous!

  • Anniesh56

    I love Dimensional jewellery. the instructions are very clear and give a basis to attempt designing your own jewellery. I live on the Borders of Scotland and often buy beads online or at fairs. I also like Bead Shop Scotland

  • Marilyn aka G-Ma

    I live in the middle of nowhere in South Texas.  It is too far to drive to the bead stores so my favorite bead store is Joan Painter’s online shop called Painters Art Gallery.  I love ordering my Delicas from her because not only are her prices low but she gives a discount, too.  She also only charges you whatever the actual shipping cost is.

    This sounds like a great book.  I loved the patterns that we were able to preview.

  • Dingre

    I usually buy beads on beadaholique. they offer cheap shipping, they send their items worldwide and they often have discounts. I was thinking about ordering Diane’s “Beaded Fantasies”, but I won’t miss the chance to win this giveaway :) ) good luck everyone! :)

  • Carynjoyb

    Diane Fitzgerald has the best designs.

  • Caryn

    PapioCreek Gems and Beads in Omaha, Nebraska. They are friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They have a great selection and good prices.

  • http://www.christinesbeadworks.com/ Christine Wilson

    Pam’s Bead Garden, is Farmington Hills, Michigan is my go to store locally but I also love Munros, Findings and Bead Haven.  I’m fortunate to have great local resources.

  • Crickett

    Love Diane’s designs and would love to win her book. After all March is my birthday month and what better gift than a new book. My favorite bead shop is Colorstones in Roswel, GA. They have a wide selection to choose from and all the staff are very knowledgeable about  different aspects of beading. Always willing to help and always with a smile.

  • Lisa Petrillo

    I do not have a favorite local bead store, but I love checking out bead stores when I travel! There are several good ones in NC and NY :)

  • Dawnscrapper51

    I have just recently started back into jewelry (from scrapbooking which I still love but needed a break from) and have found the staff at Bead And Glass Boutique in Pitman NJ really helpful so I would say they are my favorite. Their designs are what I would call basic and upper scale at the same time. Dawn mcmillen Clayton nj

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=773934991 Robin Tatom Johnston

    My favorite bead store in Dallas TX is Beading Dreams.  Great selection and personalized service, plus a wide array of the “less common” tools like metal working dapping blocks.  Longer store hours and frequent sales / trunk shows/ discounts.  Always greeted me with a smile and let me browse and ask a million questions.  Plus some nice classes too! 

  • Razine Wenneker

    Loved Diane’s new book “Favorite Beading Projects.”  Did a review of same on Amazon.com.  Also, my favorite bead store in Saint Louis, Missouri is Lady Bug Beads.  Very helpful and and well informed staff.

  • Phylart

    Recently taught at Crystal Creations in West Palm Beach, Florida, and it is a great store.

  • Bobbye50

    I don’t have a store around me have to go nearly 55 miles from my home to get to one so I love to look online for great bargains

  • Jeffarndt

    My favorite local bead store closed over a year ago, but I found two in Rice Village (Houston, TX) that have great selection.  I just moved to San Antonio so the search is on once again!

  • Candy

    I am a self-taught jewelry artist.  Diane Fitzberald’s books were inspirational in my learning experience.

  • Theresa Oostdyk

    Oh I would LOVE to win Diane’s books!!  
    My favorite bead store is FatCat Beads in Madison, WI mostly because the staff is so friendly and helpful!!  :)

  • Carol Harper

    My local bead store HAS to be my favorite: Coyote Beads in Bowling Green, OH…

  • Gwen

    My favorite bead store is a 3-minute walk from home: the New England Bead Exchange here in Keene, NH.

  • Lori in OKC

    My favorite local bead store is Alouette’s Bead Shoppe near Oklahoma City.  Humongous selection of seed beads.

  • hoovfam

    I buy beads wherever I find them.  I especially like finding out-of-the-way places when I am travelling or from stores such as Ten Thousand Villages.

  • hoovfam

    I buy beads wherever I find them.  I especially like finding out-of-the-way places when I am travelling or from stores such as Ten Thousand Villages.

  • Mandy L.

    I would love to win this book! I don’t have a favorite bead store per say, but always keep my eye open for new and exciting finds!

  • Usairdoll-Jodi G.

    What a super book! Looks great. I’d love to have a copy of this in my library. I’ve been learning applique and how to do some emblishing. Also would love to make a crazy quilt and use beads as well. I used to bead alot as a kid and even when my children were younger they beaded. We have several bead shops in the area, U Bead It, The Bead Fetish , Gallery Beads Store and several others.

    Thank you and Diane for such a neat giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  • Sherian

    I don’t have these in my library and it would be incomplete without them!  My favorite bead stores are Fire Mountain Gems, and Baker Bay Beads (both online)

  • Deborah

    We are so fortunate to have numerous local bead stores.  As for a favorite it would be a toss up between Bead Boutique in Miami, and Tortoise Treasures Emporium in Boynton Beach FL. Bead Boutique lays out the supplies needed alongside their display creations, which makes shopping so tempting. Their classes are on on one, anything you want.  Tortoise Treasures has free classes and the owner takes notes on products shoppers and students mention while they are there. She is always looking for interesting items for her clients.  Both stores have wonderful people and lovely selections to take home and horde.  ;-)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HJURYQUBXCXFZXQOTXR43UMSFA karen

    Anyone know how to enter the giveaway for the book??? They say click on sweepstakes banner…where is it?????

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HJURYQUBXCXFZXQOTXR43UMSFA karen

    I would love to win Diane’s book, have no idea how to enter….I really admire her work!

  • De

    I’ve only just begun to explore the possibilities in L A but so far I really like Athenian Beads in the warehouse district.

  • Missy

    No local bead store here (except chain stores), but am thinking about going out on a limb and checking out places along the way.  Thanks for the offer. :)

  • Dsy5950

    What beautiful designs Ms. Fitzgerald always has.  I know I will like them when I see her name!!

  • Ellen Fontaine

    My fave bead store is Bead Fever in Ukiah, CA.  Susan Billy is very knowlegable and a talented beader to boot.  I love to play with beads!  my last project was a beaded doll.

  • Sharon Driscoll

    Wem are blessed with great local bead stores in Michigan.  Bead Haven, Munros, and many others. And I just loved Chevron Trading when I was in Asheville.  I bought a lovely star for my daughters wedding there.  I’ve never met a bead store I didn’t like.

  • dora harrison

    Would really love having this book with all her great creative ideas

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001202245054 Faith Hartley

    This sounds so very exciting to me.  I would love to learn to expand my beading skills The books sound like a perfect way to be able to do just that. I live in Florida close to Gainesville and my favorite local bead store there is Avalon Beads.  I do shop on line and catalog also.  I have a lot of beads collected, and just am not sure what I am going to do with all of them, lol.  Sounds like a beader to me, I think.

  • Freebird7100

    Sadly I dont have a LBS i wish I did ,I do have a hobby lobby near me & a Michale’s  about 100 miles away.  Thank the Lord for Online bead stores! 

  • Donna

    I’m an expatriate Aussie living in the ‘muddle’ east, in a lovely peaceful country called Oman.  My favourite bead store is called “Ghafoor” – it’s in a little souk (marketplace) in an area called Al Kwair, only 10 minutes drive from our home, and their range is simply awesome. 

    As is typical of Arabic & Indian cultures, there’s a great love of everything sparkly and colourful here, so the range is simply over the top.  With hundreds of jars and packets of beads lined up it looks like a crazy candy store.

    Best of all, it’s cheap, cheap, cheap – my husband jokes that he only works to pay for my beading habit.  I desperately need Diane’s new book to turn my treasure trove into wearable treasures!

  • Quiltnut331

    We have a small local bead place that I just love. When I’m in lancaster Pa there is a store called the bead place that I love to go to. Both places have very friendly and knowledgable staff. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway and for the chance to win.

  • Nologic

    I love Cindy’s Beads and Craft store in Johnson City, TN. I live in SC, but shopping at Cindy’s is great mail order or in person. I have been known to plan a trip to go by Cindy’s. Diane Fitzgerald’s patterns are always wonderful to work. They are well written and diagrammed. I love her creativity.

  • Ufuk Ebru

    I am a beginner beader thanks to Diane:) I’m buying my beads from a big store in Istanbul (Turkey) As i live here. I would love to win her book soo much!!! :) )

  • Carolyn Kotlas

    My favorite bead store is Ornamentea in Raleigh, NC. They have wonderful beads, classes, and staff!

  • Koudryj

    My favorite bead store is Beadazzled in Dupont Circle, Washington, D.C.  And I would love to win the Diane Fitzgerald book.

  • Claire

    I just moved here so I don’t have a favorite new bead store yet. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Carrie_penny

    I haven’t found a bead store here.  The one that was down town closed and now all we have are the chain stores.  I am trying to do more ordering and when I am traveling I stop by the stores where I am.

  • JAAZ

    My favorite store is Creative Destinations in Mesa, AZ.  Thanks for the chance to win this new book by Diane – she’s great!

  • red carousel lion

    My favorite bead store is Bead Dazzle in Point Pleasant, NJ.  The owner and staff are extremely knowledgible, supportive and creative, the the selection is outstanding, they offer classes for all levels and have lots of fun events.  They have created a wonderful sense of community for beaders at the Jersey shore

  • red carousel lion

    My favorite bead shop is Bead Dazzle in Point Pleasant, NJ.  The staff and owner are extremely helpful, fun, and upt to date on trends; the selection is wonderful as are the classes.

  • Horimarika

    Are international bead lovers welcome? I’m from Hungary. My fav shops are mainly Hunagrian ones, but I was lucky to order from Fire Mountain…. Kisses Marika

  • Terri Patterson

    I don’t have a favorite brick and mortar store – all the ones closest to me have closed.  The closest one to me now is about 45 minutes away and it is Beads Amore in Indianapolis.  My favorite mail order bead store, and one I hope to visit one day, is cindy’s Beads and Crafts in Johnson City TN.

  • Anonymous

    I love The Rock Shop!  Besides beads, they sell all kind of findings, gems,  and stones for jewelry making.  Thanks.

  • Josanne

    My favourite bead store is a little place called BeadCafe :) Beautiful beads, and great variety! They also offer classes!

  • Betty Clay

    I would love to win these books to put some new life into my bead stash.

  • Craftymoose

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any bead stores near me, so I buy all my bead online!

  • http://profiles.google.com/librariall K H

    I love the Yao Necklace in Diane’s book!

  • Deanna Medley

    My favorite bead store is The Bead Shop in Jacksonville, NC. It is small but has everything you could want and the nice ladies in there make you feel at home and there is a bead dog that greets you at the door!!! I would be honored to own a signed copy (or any copy, for that matter) of Diane Fitzgerald’s book!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  • janice weinzetl

    I enjoy doing Diane’s projects as she does have some really neat projects. so hope am lucky enough
    to be a winner.
    My favorite bead store is A2Z Beads in Phoenix.
    thanks
    jan az

  • Bschwar13

    The Bead Garden in Sedona, AZ has such a wide variety of both beads and findings that it has never let me down on any project so far.

  • Shilow37

    Michaels here in Michigan carries most all you could want in craft books and items. Love crafting with beads as it is so enjoyable and so many different things can be made using them. Would love to win these books.

  • OmaBertha

    My favorite bead shop is whereever I can find one. We travel full time and I am always looking for a new bead shop.
    Thanks, Bertha

  • Kathrynn

    My favorite bead store is
    Jewelart in Fresno

  • Kathrynn

    My favorite bead store is
    Jewelart in Fresno

  • Dennis Mullins

    I buy all of my beading supply’s on line. I really don’t have a store that I would call a favorite I enjoy shoping at a lot of them so I can find the best price. I don’t have a lot of money to spend so I have to hunt for the best buy. Thank you for the giveaway I love her work.

  • Robin Christensen

    Diane is an AMAZING designer! I would LOVE to win this book! I am not fortunate enough to have a local bead store, but I love Argenta Beads in North Little Rock, Arkansas!

  • Kim

    I love Diane’s books.  My favorite bead store is The Glass Onion in Appleton, WI.  Wonderful selection and they are so helpful if you have questions.

  • Bonberg

    I have made several things from “Shaped Beadwork”   All of Diane’s instruction and illustrations are wonderful and easy to follow.  I would love to win her new book, because I have a feeling it is also wonderful.   Bonnie Berg

  • Brenda

    My favorite bead store is Beads by the Bay in Morro Bay, CA.  It is such a dangerous place for me … it’s a good thing I only get there once a year … they have so many unusual beads. 

  • Christine Potter

    She is very talented and does beautiful work.

  • Gavin

    Love the title of this post. Too funny!

  • Carolyn Bown

    I love Cindy’s Beads and Craft store in Johnson City, TN. Diane’s patterns are so easy to follow and I would love to add this book to my collection!

  • Karey

    Cool books! I love online bead shops just because they have the biggest selection!

  • Desertsky

    love her books.  I have 2 others and they are some of the best and the projects easy to follow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Wilcox-Russell/1841074588 Peggy Wilcox Russell

    Diane’s work is so inspiring on so many levels! I would love to win her book.
    My favorite bead store is The Bead Hive in Guilford, CT

  • Judy Hopkins

    I would love to win this book!  I’m addicted to beading books almost as much as I am addicted to beads!
    My favorite bead store was More Than Just Beads, but the owner just recently move to Idaho so I need to find a new one. 

  • Kathy C

    This book is a must for any bead lover.  I don’t have any open bead stores close to me at the moment.  I will be on the look-out for beads at the Sewing Expo in Puyallup this weekend.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QMZIEFLQNRLIQVE25XOZFNLG7M Kathy

    Great books. I usually buy buy buy at the BeadFest(s) events in King of Prussia, PA, or often wander NYC’s concentration of shops.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rhonda-Williams/100000690735897 Rhonda Williams

    I would love to win this book. I’m having such a dry spell and could really use some inspiration!

  • Lee

    Living in the country, have no stores, so i do all my shopping for beads online. But it’s a tie between Artbeads & Fusion Beads. I like them both, and never had a problem with either.

    The book looks great, don’t get many books here, other then online library. Thanks

  • Jessecomet

    This book would be absolutely awesome to win. Here in elizabeth south australia there aren’t many beading stores but my local spotlight does have a very good selection.

  • Donna

    Diane is a national treasure, I have seen her in articles where she is in a foreign country admiring beads and she’s made me wish I was there too. Diane pushes me to new levels with her clear directions on projuects that should be past my limits. I’d be thrilled out of my socks to win her newest book. Will send photo of bare feet to confirm.
    My fave bead store is Sweetcreek Creations in Florence Oregon. Everyone there is friendly and helpful and each one is also knowledgeable. It is a joy to walk in to that store. Donna

  • DonnaJ

    Too bad you can’t offer a lunch with Diane Fitzgerald.  I would love to have the opportunity to pick her fabulous creative brain!!

  • DonnaJ

    Too bad you can’t offer a lunch with Diane Fitzgerald.  I would love to have the opportunity to pick her fabulous creative brain!!

  • Willow

    Great give-away!!!  I LOVE Ladybug Beads in St. Louis. MO!!  They are fun, friendly and very patient!!! They feel like friends, the very best beading friends ever!!!! 

  • Lindsey

    I don’t have any bead stores near me right now.  My favorite was The Place to Bead in San Ramon, CA (it has now closed).  I took many, many workshops there, including one of Diane’s.  What a wonderful instructor she is!  

  • Janallanp

    I absolutely love Diane Fitzgerald’s patterns and books.  I have 2.  I’d like to add this book to my collection.  My favorite bead shop is The Bead Shack in Las Vegas.  They have great beads and the people are really helpful with free classes.

  • Patskip

    I have Diane’s last two books and they are among my favorites.  Her designs are very wearable which I appreciate.  The beadshop I am in is always my favorite. 

  • Patskip

    I have Diane’s last two books and they are among my favorites.  Her designs are very wearable which I appreciate.  The beadshop I am in is always my favorite. 

  • Dawn Thompson

    I would love to add this book to my collection!  I’m in Chicago, so my very favorite bead store would have to be Bead & Button in Milwaukee every June!

  • Liselov

    Totally looooooobe the cherry nnecklace!!!!

  • Sue

    I love Diane Fitzgerald’s book’s!

  • Gen Smith

    I don’t have the book but I will buy it soon!  My favorite bead shop is Beads & Baubles in Fort Pierce, FL.  Susan Barrett is the owner and she prides herself (and does deliver) personal, friendly assistance to everyone who comes into the shop.  She is not only my mentor but my good friend!  Second to there is a shop clear on the other side of the USA.  The Bouncing Bead in La Mesa, CA gave me my initial start in beading and wire work.  My first ever bead teacher was Linda Wilder.  She became my good friend and I will always miss her!

  • Anonymous

    Just finished ‘Beadwork Bootcamp’ classes at Crystal Creations in West Palm Beach and I’m ready to start beading. I think this book could be the way to go. Wish me luck.

  • http://www.maureenchin.com/ Maureen

    I’m very anxious to see this book.  While I’ve never taken a class from Diane, I’ve always admired her work.  One of my favorite bead stores is Beads by Blanche.  Blanche has an incredible selection of beads, great classes and is a really nice person.  Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Candys S McCulley

    I live in the middle of ‘no-where’ when it comes to shopping.  All my bead buying is conducted online.  FMG, Cindy beadlady, Painters Art Gallery are on the top of my list.  :D

    I would like to add this book to my collection.  I own all of Diane’s other books and love them.

    Candys in Oklahomawww.BeadofMyHeart.etsy.comwww.beadpatternsboutique.com/catalogue.php?shop=37www.thebeadcoop.comwww.PictureTrail.com/weewanona

  • Maria

    I drool over all things jewelry making related!! Especially when a great artist like Diane,  is involved – I want to win, even though I will have to get nitro pills!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=743627239 Jennifer Stapp Sparks

    oh please pick me, pick me!!!  FMG is great because they sell almost everything you need.

  • http://www.facebook.com/yadasi Yadasi Beads

    Love Diane’s designs and her books!  I have not met her in person yet, but look forward to it one day soon! Signed copies of her books would definitely be a nice addition to my beading library!  I’d comment about my favorite bead store….but I did that already!! LOL We are lucky here in Southeastern Michigan as we have several wonderful bead stores to choose from for all our bead compulsions.  And some great lampworker bead makers too! 

  • Catherine Taylor

    Would love to win any of Diane Fitzgerald’s books. Love her designs! My favorite bead store was “Anacortes Beads” in Anacortes, Washington. However, the owner closed her store last summer. So I’ll have to search for a new favorite. A real bummer, as I used to teach bead embroidery there.

  • DC Schmidt

    I love Diane’s designs.  I have one of her books. I would LOVE to win one!! pick me! please. 

  • Denise Underwood

    I love beading.  I only have Joann’s and Walmart to shop for beads in my town.  Wished we had a bead store.

  • Sharon S

    I don’t have a “bead store” here, but I  make up for it in Arizona and online and etsy and and(haha)
    Would LOVE to have Diane’s book, thanks for the opportunity

  • Wordygirl

    My favorite bead shop is in Laguna Beach, CA on PCH. Ican’t remember the name of it, which makes me no help at all, but it is charming and quirky and funky. Filled with personality and inspiration.

  • Tami H

    I love Diane Fitzgerald. She never seems to run out of ideas. My favorite bead store is online. Fire Mountain Gems followed closely by Out on a Whim. They always have what I need.

  • Dicegrrl aka julie pierce

    one of my favorite crafts is beading but my skills are limited and basic. i woud love to learn from these books! I havent been to any bead boutiques i buy my beads from web shops on etsy and fire mountain usually.

  • http://www.CreationsByTera.com/ Tera

    Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork book has been on my “wish list” for months and months. Bead stores? Well, the one I order from the most is Fire Mountain Beads. Can’t beat their prices on most beading items, but what really brings me back to them is the wonderful customer service! There are lots of wonderful local bead shops around here–Greater Portland/Vancouver area. I just haven’t been well enough to get out to explore them all that much. So delivery to my home, keeping me supplied in pretty shiny beads has made Fire Mountain Gems easy and affordable. I do need to give a shout out to Portland Bead Society (PBS)! I joined their membership this past year. What a wonderful, sharing, amazingly talented group of bead artists of all levels! I’ve been making friends through PBS. I’m a happy beader! Tera of Creations By Tera

  • B. Coffman

    I truly enjoy an opportunity to win this book …Diane Fitzgerald is such a prolific beader and I’d enjoy adding this to my limited library. Thank you for the chance

  • Marleneandrick

    I just checked these out of the library!   Want these so-o-o- bad!  My favorite place to buy beads is at the bead show that comes to the Gwinnett Arena in Atlanta!

  • Shiny Things

    Diane Fitzgerald always has beautiful, detailed work!  I have a number of favorite places, depending on what I’m shopping for, but overall, Fire Mountain Gems is still the best.

  • Sue

    Wow! Both of these books look great! I would love to win.

  • Julie Ryan

     I love Diane Fitzgerald. Darn, I was hoping we could win a day with Diane. :-) I’d settle for her books. I just LOVE that necklace made with dagger beads and can’t wait to make one of my own. I don’t have a favorite “local” bead shop. My goal is to “bead across America” by shopping at as many bead shops across the country, and eventually the world, as I can. I always Google bead shops wherever I’m going.

  • Carole Carlson

    Unfortunately, my favorite bead store closed at the end of last year.  So I’m in the market for a new favorite.

  • Vardaam

    I love Diane Fitzgerald  and her work. My favorite bead store is Shipwreck Beads – they always have what I need at the right price and the service is great.

  • june s. in ireland

    I would love, love, love to win these books – I love beads (collecting them) and beading (crafting with them) and cannot get enough of them in my life. When I’m working with beads on my crafts, time just doesn’t exist. I am in a world of glorious colours, shapes and textures, and it’s bliss! My favourite bead shops are both in Dublin – some three hours from me but well worth it because both shops are wonderful – one is Beads and Bling and the other is Yellow Brick Road. When I’m in either of those two shops, I’m nearly heartbroken to have to leave it. I know these books will be loved by whoever is lucky enough to win them…I’m hoping it might be me. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway, and thank you Diane for writing and putting together all these wonderful and beautiful beading books. – June S. in Ireland

  • Yvonne

    I would love to see favorites by someone as creative as Diane!

  • Designlady

    Diane’s Shaped Beadwork is fantastic, can’t wait to see her new book, would love to add to my collection. Favorite online bead store, Fire Mountain Gems.

  • Yvonnene

    I love the creativity of Diane Fitzgerald’s work. Here’s hoping.

  • Melnjoy

    I too love Diane Fitzgerald!  You asked about a favorite Beading Store. Well, as I winter In Yuma AZ. I will have to say that Margies Craft Store in “old town” Downtown Yuma would be my favorite, as she has just about every seed bead imaginable.

  • http://profiles.google.com/annabelkina Anna Belkina

    Unfortunately, I buy everything online or at the shows. I’d love to have a favourite store to visit!

  • Trisha

    In a super big tent at the Friendship Flea Market in Friendship Indiana every spring and fall during the town’s muzzle loading shoots. Best beads ever!!
    Trisha
    mahgwi21 at yahoo

  • Joann Loos

    My favorite beading store is Harlequin Beads in Eugene OR.  I was given permission to use the store as the background to my bio pic for Bead Unique when my pattern was published.  I now use the pic for my avatar.  As you can see in the background, they have a wonderful collection of czech bead hanks, but they also have great collections of Japanese seed beads and gem stones.  Check them out!

  • http://twitter.com/aluran1 aluran1

    I have been eyeing the Shaped Beadwork book for awhile, but didn’t realize she has a new book out as well.  I would love to have them both.  I buy most of my beads from Fire Mountain Gems, because they almost always have the best price (even with their crazy shipping and handling fees).   I also like my local bead shop when I just want to browse, Artful Bead, in Carrollton, TX.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1549703600 Laura Irenze

    Not many bead stores around here, so my favorite source is the internet.

  • Foxrose2006

    I so enjoy Ms. Fitzgerald’s books. I own “Beaded Garden” and “Shaped Beadwork”, both are so inspirational. The instructions are perfect and easy to follow, and I have been able to learn new approaches and extend my knowledge with her help.  The new book sounds great, and the preview really whetted my appetite for more of Diane Fitzgerald! Thanks for all the great projects.

  • MA

    There are no local bead stores unfortunately but I really love the Fire Mountain catalogue and all the goodies they have.  

  • http://www.indigoearth.artfire.com/ IndigoEarth

    I love to bead and WISH we had a great bead store around here… I end up going on line to place orders but of course you cant touch and see things in person and have to order by what you see on the computer… One of my dreams is to have a bead store and to offer workshops to help others fulfill their creative” need to bead” :)
     I Love to learn new things and pay it forward… books are so helpful to help those of us who are self taught.. they are like gifts in your hands! Thank you for the opportunity to own a  wonderful beading book  from Diane Fitzgerald

  • http://www.indigoearth.artfire.com/ IndigoEarth

    I love to bead and WISH we had a great bead store around here… I end up going on line to place orders but of course you cant touch and see things in person and have to order by what you see on the computer… One of my dreams is to have a bead store and to offer workshops to help others fulfill their creative” need to bead” :)
     I Love to learn new things and pay it forward… books are so helpful to help those of us who are self taught.. they are like gifts in your hands! Thank you for the opportunity to own a  wonderful beading book  from Diane Fitzgerald

  • Jskelley

    I do most of my bead shopping on the internet.  Diane Fitzgerald is one class act.  Absolutely love her!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001082088681 Kirsten Skiles

    I love that necklace Diane Fitzgerald is wearing in her portrait.  For my favorite beadshop, I usually buy from 
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/norah62 Norah62 on Etsy.

  • Andra Weber

    I love Diane’s work and her books are always fantastic.  My favorite bead store is Sand and Stone Creations in Seaford, DE.  Debbie is a wonderful shop owner and has great classes.  Her shop has a great selection and she is open to new ideas and customer desires.

  • Paula Lee M.

    I have always admired Diane Fitzgeralds work. I would feel blessed if I won this book.

  • Liz H

    I would love to have another of Diane’s books.  ArtBeads is a wonderful store, located in Carrollton and Fort Worth, Texas.

  • Deanna

    Love the looks of this book.  What a treasure.  My favorite bead store is called Shipwreck Beads, located in Lacey, WA about 30 minutes away.  They say they are the largest bead store in the world and after visiting their huge store, I believe it! 

  • Barbara Gravett

    Diane Fitzgerald is one of my favorite designers. I always look forward to seeing new work from her. I have her Shaped beadwork book and love it. 

  • Jgcobb53

    I am on a very strict budget so I get most of my beads from ACMoore or Michael’s. I also get a lot from dollarbeads.com. These books would be a big help in continuing my beading education

  • Laura Habel

    I would 

  • Diann Cornell

    I enjoy beading as a craft. Unfortunately the local bead store closed just recently. I hope another will open up.

  • Gmdg1367

    I have just become acquainted with bead embroidery and am so excited to start! I live in the boonies so I haven’t had the opportunity to purchase anything but “Sensational Bead Embroideery” by Sherry Serafini. After going through her very inspiring book I now feel I have a new hobby to enjoy.

  • Beth G.

    I love beading, and would LOVE to win these books! Sadly, the beadstores in my area have all closed. I have to go to Portland or Boston for any good stores. :( Better for my wallet though! haha

  • Kate

    I’m still a newby when it comes to beading. But something about the craft just speaks to me. This is the first I’ve seen of Diane’s work and IT IS AMAZING! Thanks for the chance to win one of her books. It would truly be a treasure.

  • Beadware

    Beautiful books from an incredible beader. My current favorite bricks and mortar bead shop is Gig Harbor Beads in Gig Harbor WA and online I buy most of my seed beads from Out on a Whim. 

  • http://MailleEtc.etsy.com/ Bonnie

    Thanks for the great contest – would love to add Diane’s books to my library!  I have several fav. bead stores,  including 1 Stop Bead Shop, where I teach beadweaving and chainmaille.

  • Michelle Wright

    Diane Fitzgerald is a beading guru!  Her designs are fresh and so inspiring.  My favorite bead store is the San Gabriel Bead Company in Arcadia, California! 

  • Kathy B

    Looks like a great book! It will be interesting to see which projects are Diane’s favorites.

  • RhondaIrby

    I pray that I am as talented as Ms. Fitzgerald one day

  • Sister

    I have a couple of favorite bead stores… they are favorites for the BEADS they carry!  One has an extensive selection of seed beads, the other has really unusual ethnic beads.  I don’t know of any bead stores I don’t like! 

  • RhondaIrby

    I pray that I am as talented as Ms. Fitzgerald one day! It used to be Bead Avenue in Fayetteville, GA before it closed.

  • Anonymous

    Congratulations to Christine Forgo of Mansfield, Texas. Christine is the
    randomly selected winner of the two signed books from Diane. Thank you
    to everyone who participated! ~ Ray Hemachandra

  • Lynngdesigns

    Diane Fitzgerald always has great ideas!