What’s your favorite beading book?
Please tell us about your own favorite bead book and explain just what makes it so good: Submit a comment on this post and please share your perspective.
I posed this question to our Beadweaving Master Class panel, asking them to exclude their own wonderful titles, of course! Their replies are below and compelling: five of the six master beaders mention the book Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells. The book, a Lark title, is out of print (with 94,000 copies sold), but I have to admit I’m rethinking that a bit now! In the meantime, learn more about Carol Wilcox Wells on this earlier post on our blog and learn more about her books on her School of Beadwork website.
Believe it or not, I have fewer than a dozen bead books! And my favorite has always been Carol Wilcox Wells’ Creative Bead Weaving. It’s what you need to know and the first beadweaving book I ever had.
Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:
The Russian bead books are great. I certainly cannot speak or read the language, but the diagrams work fine for me.
Probably Little Bead Boxes by Julia S. Pretl.
Rachel Nelson-Smith, author of the Fall 2011 release Rachel Nelson-Smith’s Bead Riffs, of Santa Cruz, California:
Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells. It was my first significant printed guide to beadweaving. I loved the images of beadwork.
My book collection is significant now, and I turn to it to find different author’s opinions on how to do things. Creative Bead Weaving is still referenced more than any other book. The illustrations, the layout, the gallery images—it is simply fantastic!
I have so many favorites because of the incredible talent behind the techniques.
However, my mind went right to Carol Wilcox Wells’ book Creative Bead Weaving. When I first started beading, I carried this book with me everywhere. I was fascinated by it.
Now, go back and read earlier questions to our panel — and I invite you to answer them yourself in each post’s Comments section:
*Also read great recent Lark Jewelry & Beading interviews with leading creative beaders, jewelers, and metalsmiths—please leave comments and let us know what you think:
Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)
Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)
Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)