Bead Romantique: Elegant Beadweaving Designs
Authors: Kan, Lisa
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Synopsis: Inspired by art history, this step-by-step guidebook features 17 designs influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance, Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco eras reinterpreted in the artist's distinctive, contemporary style. Emphasizing a mix of vintage findings, beads, lamp work, buttons, and modern components, this jewelry brings a feminine mystique and sophistication to ordinary beadwork. Each project builds on simple elements to create sophisticated designs and incorporate off-loom seed bead weaving, stringing, and wirework. Projects include a scalloped chain necklace, pearl Ndebele earrings and bracelet set, mesh pearl bracelets, bohemian drop earrings, a Victorian diamond cuff, and more. Novice beaders will increase their skills and beading confidence while progressing through projects while advanced beaders will find exciting new challenges. This guide includes expert design and technique tips and tricks, detailed instructions and illustrations for every project, information on finding special classical beads, and ways to make modern components look vintage. Beaders will delight in the variety of methods to create elegant, feminine, and romantic heirloom-quality jewelry.