Sunday, March 14, 2010

Book Review - The Beader's Floral

by Liz of Lush Beads

I have to be honest - I have never been a fan of beaded flowers. I think many of them are tacky looking and not worth all the work necessary to put them together.

So when a friend gave me a copy of The Beader's Floral, I was dubious. After doing a few of the projects, though, I think I am hooked.

This is not your standard French beaded flower technique book. You use needle, thread, and bead stitching techniques to create anything from a simple leaf to a more complex lily. Sometimes you will use 3 or 4 bead stitches to create a finished flower. There are projects worthy of beginners and more advanced beaders. There are patterns for generic flowers, and patterns for specific types of flowers like iris, cornflower, snowdrop, and daffodil.

The book is a visual feast! There are a lot of beautiful color photos showing off all the different flowers and variations you can create. There are also a lot of color-coded diagrams to help you see where you are supposed to put your beads and your needle.

One of my favorite features in the book is the "fiddly factor" - how much fiddling around do you need to make this particular flower? Very helpful.

This book isn't easy to find since it is an import, but if you can get your hands on a copy I highly recommend it!

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