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The New Beaders Companion by arteesvida
December 17, 2006, 5:13 pm
Filed under: Bead Embroidery, Beading, Book Reviews, Product Reviews

The New Beader’s Companion by Judith Durant and Jean Campbell is one of the best-selling jewelry making books in print. It was revised and updated just this year with lots of great new information! As much a tool as a book, the spiral bound flip book can sit directly on your work station to be referred to as often as you need it! The book starts with a breakdown of the types of beads on the market, the different finishes available, and all the different shapes (so you can say “Ah! That’s what a Keishi bead looks like!”). The book is replete with sketches and diagrams so you can get a really good idea of how size 10 beads really compare to size 12s, along with charts that compare by number the beads per inch, per gram, and weight by hang for all the different sizes. The millimeter-sizing chart is also separated into round and oval shapes, making this chapter alone well worth the price of admission!

There are also in-depth sections on stringing materials, conditioning materials, adhesives, and needles. There is a great chart to help you pick the right needle for the work you are doing, and even a section on using a needle threader!

Other chapters include in-depth directions on many different off-loom stitches (brick stitch, peyote, herringbone), looming techniques, stringing techniques, bead embroidery techniques, how to knit with beads, how to crochet with beads, tying knots, macramé, findings, wirework, and even a chapter on finishing details for the different types of beadwork discussed in the book.

There is even blank graph paper in the back of the book designed for different kinds of stitch work that you can copy and use to create your own designs!

I often get emails from people who are just getting started and want to invest in one really good book that covers all the basics. Whether you are in that position or if you have been beading awhile but would love a good tool that covers a lot of basic information in one place this is a fantastic resource!

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