Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue presents 25 jewelry designs by the fabulous and respected Tokyo-born teacher, all taught in the Japanese style of beading.

Sonoko was the first foreign instructor at Bead&Button — in 2005 — and her presence each year draws crowds and “oohs” and “aahs” of excitement. She is a star of the beading world — and we mean “world” quite literally here.

This new book takes her Japanese book Mode de Beads, which included instructions for nine projects, translates them, and adds instructions for 16 more jewelry designs by Sonoko, for 25 total — all in English, of course, and with a gallery of other beadwork from the author completing this magical book.


Crystal Rose design from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue

Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue is an April 2012 publication; ask for this gorgeous, inspiring beading release at your local bead store or bookstore, or order it online on Amazon or BN.com.

We invite you to sample the book: Click here to download a PDF of the Crystal Rose necklace project from the book, plus enjoy a taste of the projects in it pictured below. If you’re intrigued, tell us so, and then share the link on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and StumbleUpon. Please join Lark Jewelry & Beading on Facebook, too, and we invite you to visit Sonoko’s website — which is in Japanese, of course!



Under the Sea necklace from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue


Cheerful Midafternoon necklace project from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue



Shower of Blossoms necklace project from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue



Sunflower necklace project from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue



Night Dew bracelet project from the book Japanese Beadwork with Sonoko Nozue


Sonoko Nozue at the 2010 Bead&Button Show with (back row, left to right) her translator, Lark Jewelry & Beading editor Nathalie Mornu, and our group's senior art designer, Kathy













11 Responses

    Glenda Bollivar says:

    I love her work. Very precise with beautiful designs.

    MFKB says:

    Love Sonoko’s beadwork, but she could not have been at the Bead&Button Show in 1995, as you mentioned in your article. That’s the year the magazine launched. The show started in 1999 in Portland. 

      Ray Hemachandra says:

      You’re absolutely right, of course: 2005, and I apologize for the mistake. ~ Ray

    Chris Franchetti Michaels says:

    Stunning designs in this one. I also love the photography! Passing this one along to About.com Beadwork readers, too.

    very simple designs, might be good for beginners

    Sigrid says:

    I downloaded the free project and just finished the crystal rose pendant – it is absolutely beautiful and the instructions are very clear. Love it!

    Sandy Kane says:

    I’ve just purchased the book and love the projects. The photography is gorgeous and the instructions look well-written. Thank you Sonoko, you are so inspiring!

    Tresorparis says:


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    Only wanna state that this is extremely helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this.

    Some genuinely interesting info , well written and generally user genial.

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