Honestly, I bought this book only because it was on sale. I had barely started back crafting, and really didn’t plan to do anything but browse the pages, but recently, I’ve picked the book back up to find that the numerous projects range from simple to elaborate.
Some of these projects have an interesting potential in my opinion. I’m not a big fan of some of the fringe projects, but I’ve definitely enjoyed the rings, earrings, and the basic woven bracelets.
Jamie Cloud Eakin starts the book off with the basics. She shows and explains different findings, tools, and techniques that you may use.
The technique and tips section shows different threading methods using bugle beads. The most common technique is the strip, where the design is almost ladder-like.
Once you start the projects section of the book, you’ll find 30 projects that range from necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets, and even an eyeglass holder.
Each project breaks down every bead size and type that you’ll need for that project. This makes things simple when you’re trying to prepare and get your supplies ready.
Eakin offers diagrams for projects that have bead weaving techniques that vary from the simple strip method.
For the more complex projects, you’ll find bead strand charts that help break down the bead patterns so that you can properly weave the seed beads and bugle beads.
Each project leads for little interpretation in the pattern, but like any project, you can alter the bead colors to suit your preferences, as well as some of the types of beads. For example, if you don’t want to use faceted beads, try round beads, or use square beads instead of ovals.
You’ll find that some of the projects offer multiple pictures with different ideas using different color patterns and bead types, but use the same pattern.