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.

Laura McCabe

Laura McCabe, author of Laura McCabe’s Embellished Beadweaving, of Old Mystic, Connecticut:

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.

Marcia DeCoster

Marcia DeCoster, author of Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, of Lemon Grove, California:

I often recommend Carol Wilcox Wells’ Creative Bead Weaving and The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving, both of which go a long way toward building fundamental skills.

Maggie Meister

Maggie Meister, author of the Fall 2011 book Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance, of Norfolk, Virginia:

I would have to say I have two favorite books: Creative Bead Weaving by Carol Wilcox Wells and Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork by Diane Fitzgerald.

I also think Marcia DeCoster’s book on right angle weave, Marcia DeCoster’s Beaded Opulence, is just the best – the definitive book on this stitch.

The Russian bead books are great. I certainly cannot speak or read the language, but the diagrams work fine for me.

Diane Fitzgerald

Diane Fitzgerald, author of Diane Fitzgerald’s Shaped Beadwork, of Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Probably Little Bead Boxes by Julia S. Pretl.

Rachel Nelson-Smith

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!

Sherry Serafini

Sherry Serafini, author of the Spring 2011 release Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery, of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania:

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:

1. How did you get started beading?

2. What characteristics set beaders apart?

3. What inspires your designs?

4. What’s your favorite personal piece of jewelry for wearing?

5. What’s your favorite part of your job as a jeweler or beader? Least favorite?

*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:

Sabine Lippert

Laura McCabe (with free project PDF)

Jamie Cloud Eakin (with bonus project PDF)

Carol Wilcox Wells

Cindy Thomas Pankopf

Joanna Gollberg

Mary Hettmansperger

Lisa Slovis Mandel

Nathalie Mornu (with two free project PDFs)

Our Blogger Profiles have featured Carol Dean Sharpe, Lorelei Eurto, and Andrew Thornton.


3 Responses

    Mara says:

    One of the 94000 copies of “Creative Bead Weaving” is mine (very hard to find) and I’d purchase another copy if it was still available. “The art and elegance of Beadweaving”is its natural continuation, very helpful for both beginners and advanced beaders. These are THE instructional books, a must have for every beader and definitely my favourite books. It would be a great idea to have a reprint of “Creative Bead Weaving” and a new book from this sublime author.

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    I always was interested in this topic and stock still am, regards for posting.

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