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Beader's Stash: Designs from America's Favorite Bead Shops [Paperback]

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Item description for Beader's Stash: Designs from America's Favorite Bead Shops by Laura Levaas...

The finest independent bead shops across the United States and Canada open their doors and their bead boxes in this showcase of materials and techniques to inspire beaders of all stripes. Forty projects mix insider tips with inventive arrangements, employing techniques from stringing and weaving to bead embroidery, wire wrapping, and soldering. Beginners will find an array of rewarding projects and advanced beaders will delight in the original ideas, such as a tic-tac-toe art deco piece, beaded lanterns, a fuzzy felted bead bracelet, a vintage-inspired picture pendant necklace, a spiritual talisman lariat and bracelet, and a unique mosaic bead tray. An instructive Beading 101 section, an illustrated techniques glossary, and a bead shop directory round out the book, making this collection a staple of creative beadwork.

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Pages   143
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 10" Height: 10"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 2006
Publisher   Interweave Press
ISBN  1931499802  
ISBN13  9781931499804  

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More About Laura Levaas

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Laura Levaas is a beader, a knitter, and the marketing manager for Interweave Press. She has been a journalist and freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Laura Levaas was born in 1975.

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Would like more projects, less basic supplies descriptions  Dec 25, 2007
I found that, although they were 'creative' and well documented, most of the creations were not jewelry that I would want to make or wear. To me, several of them were clever or gimmicky, but not stylish or beautiful.

There are many pages devoted to describing basic types of beads, supplies and tools. This has already been well covered in many basic beading books. In this book these pages seem to be filler. I would have liked to see more of the submitted designs from America's favorite bead shops included in the book instead.

I did like the concept of projects from various bead shops around the country. The photography is beautiful and the instructions are clearly illustrated.

I was disappointed in this book. I purchased it based on many favorable reviews. I actually wanted to return this book because there wasn't much in there that I was inspired to make. But after weighing the cost of the book relative to what I would lose in return shipping, I decided to keep it. Since so many other reviewers were inspired by the designed offered, maybe when my friends come over for beading get-togethers they will find something of interest in the book.
Beautiful book, great designs!  Jun 13, 2007
As a novice beader, I found this book incredibly useful. It's laid out very well, very descriptive in the instructions, and had gorgeous pictures to boot. I also love that the book has much more creative projects than just jewelry. Highly recommended - a great gift for a fellow bead enthusiast!
Beautiful, creative projects  Apr 19, 2007
I love this book. Each project is more creative and beautiful than the last. It's hard to know which to start with - you want to do them all. In addition to the expected jewelry projects (all of them gorgeous), you also find martini sticks, tassels, a doorway curtain, napkin rings and buttons. The "Beading Basics" section goes beyond the basics and is very comprehensive.

Truly a valuable book for any beader.
Like going into a beadshop  Jan 20, 2007
None of the stores are known to me and almost none of the designers. What interests me today is beadweaving and there are some really nice projects here. Each project gives the technique, list of beads required and interesting information on the shop which presented the item. There's a spiral necklace, peyote rings bracelet, peyote cuff by Shanigan, beaded beads bracelet with tubular right angle weave, herringbone bracelet, ladder stitch necklace, necklace in spiral stitch variation, necklace in netting, beaded sampler in loomwork, wire crochet necklace with earrings, brooch with herringbone and peyote stitch, dragonfly in ladder stitch, doorway dangles in stringing technique, poinsettias bracelet in peyote stitch, necklace with ladder st and tubular herringbone st, buttons in netting. If this book is like the same publisher's Knitter's stash, then I will be returning to it time and again and also expect to see more work from the designers included here. I didn't mention all of the projects but in the future I may find them interesting also. Only problem is now to find those 111 daggers!
delivered on-time and wasd as advertised  Jan 16, 2007
book was in excellent confition (mew) and received in a time;y manner

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