Book Review: Simply Beautiful Beading by Heidi Boyd

Simply Beautiful Beading: 53 Quick and Easy Projects (Paperback)
by Heidi Boyd, North Light Books. Retail $19.99.

I recommend this book for the beginning beader, or for a beader who wants to try a variety of techniques.

Boyd begins her book with a brief overview of the basics – thread, wire, tools, crimping, wire-wrapping, clasps, bead types and jewelry design. The rest of the book is devoted to the 53 projects promised – and for the most part the projects are attractive and the directions easy to follow.

One thing I liked about the book is the variety of materials used in the projects – leather, wire, stretchy elastic, memory wire, etc. If you haven’t used a stretchy material, for instance, you might want to start with the project in the book. All of the finishing techniques for the different materials are well-described and professional looking. I find that often beaders shy away from new products just because they are unsure about how to use them and, especially, how to begin and end a project with that particular material. This book goes a long way to helping one over that hump.

The variety of projects is also impressive – everything from necklaces, bracelets, earrings and anklets, to watchbands, barrettes, napkin rings and bookmarks.

Techniques used include a basic right angle weave, wrapped loops, knotting, crimping and more.

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