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Hip to Bead: 32 Contemporary Projects for Today's Beader (Hip to . . . Series) [Paperback]

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Item description for Hip to Bead: 32 Contemporary Projects for Today's Beader (Hip to . . . Series) by Katie Hacker...

Contemporary, boutique-style beaded jewelry and accessories are a breeze to make with the step-by-step instructions and inspirational photographs in this guide. Thirty-two stylish projects---including the Rock 'n Roll Cuff, the Cha Cha Bracelet, and the Mod Millefiori Necklace---can be created using the basic beading techniques described, including knotting, stringing, weaving, and working with wire. Sidebars provide more extensive coverage of materials, types of beads, essential tools, and modified designs for advanced beaders and a list of suppliers makes it easy to find everything needed to create the designs.

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Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 9"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2006
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499950  
ISBN13  9781931499958  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Hip to Bead: 32 Contemporary Projects for Today's Beader (Hip to . . . Series)?

Unexpectedly HIP!  Jan 10, 2007
Katie Hacker's designs are trully inspiring and quite easy to create. Step by step instruction and pictures (which show you not only results of the projects but also the way they look on your body) will guide beaders from beginners to intermediate level. You'll find lots of unexpected mix match material in each of the project. For those who have been beading before, I recommend this book for some refreshing ideas in designing.
You Will Be Guaranteed to Love What you Make!  May 1, 2006
I had never made a project by Katie Hacker before I read this book. Now, I want to make many, as her designs are really excellent, and her instructions are very clear. I enjoyed the photos of the model wearing the jewelry and I felt as if I were reading an easy, fun, inventive and creative jewelry design book. I particularly liked the choices she gave the reader in color combos--you don't have to stick to one choice when making a project. I also liked the seed bead weaving section as that is something I do not do as yet and would like to learn.

I will be sure to check out Katie's other books -- this one is a great introduction to an excellent teacher, in my opinion, and a wonderful collection of beading projects of all varieties.
Excellent How-To Bead Book  Apr 3, 2006
This is a fablulous how-to book whether you are just starting out or an experienced beader. After reading the Basics you cannot help but make something in this book. The ideas are extremely unique and *hip*. I am in the process of making the Found Objects Charm bracelet and it is fun. Every charm tells a story and is a part of history in my life. As always, I love your ideas, Katie!
More than Hip!  Mar 24, 2006
I LOVE this book!

It really appeals to a wide range of beaders from very basic to more advanced bead weaving. The projects are easy to follow and achieve a timeless contemporary look no boring, been-there-done-that projects!

I like how many of the projects are very simple to make yet you can easily change the components to create a totally different looking style. So you can make the same bracelet for each girlfriend yet they would all look different. Cool!

The layout is very appealing with lots of pictures and easy to follow steps that tell you everything you need to do a project. The author has also included a lot of tips which I love. In a class, sometimes the tips are worth the price of admission and I feel the same way about this book. So valuable!

I love the quick and easy earring section. The author describes how to make a 10 minute pair of earrings, a 15 minute pair and a 30 minute pair! What a great idea for friends or co-workers last minute birthday gifts which I'm always looking for. Now I can make them!

Love the Rock'n Roll Cuff. Very trendy and clever. You could easily make this one for the guys by altering components.

The history the author includes such as the background of Hill Tribe Silver and Art Glass is very interesting.
I also can't wait to make some of the gift projects. I like how the author has included gifts as well as jewelry. The Beaded Candle Wrap and the Aloha Frame look like some fun ways to use up my scrap beads cluttering my bead drawer. These would make great wedding gifts!

Overall I think this is one of the most fun and easy beading books around and I can't wait to get some friends together and play!
Just what this beady girl was looking for...  Mar 23, 2006
This book is full of fun ideas that look wonderful (the photography is great--images of the ENTIRE projects, nothing cut out) without being too fussy. I like instant-gratification beading, and "Hip to Bead" is filled with this type of projects. It isn't limited to simple projects, though. I'd call most of the projects "one-cup-of-tea" projects, but there are some "two-to-three-cup" projects. The last section in the book, Woven Wonders, includes beading techniques I've been wanting to try: beaded beads and a right-angle weave.
The beads used are just beautiful, and the Katie includes a suppliers list at the end so that you can get the same unique materials that she uses, complete with URLs for every one. Thank goodness for online shopping!
Another thing I love about this book is that it introduces the reader to TONS of beading techniques from wire wrapping to weaving to stitching to stringing. It would be a smart start to any beginning beader's library, and the information on variations and combinations of colors and materials make it useful for an established beader to spice up his or her beading experience. Now, out to the bead store for MORE BEADS!

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