Reviews - What do customers think about Art of Antique Beading?
A great book for a certain type of person Sep 16, 2007
I'm a pretty experienced beader, skilled in beadweaving techniques as well as wirework, knotting, etc. I thought I was a pretty apt visual learner until I attempted to figure out how to make a project in this book. I have read several of the japanese translated beading books without too much difficulty, but since these projects are a little more advanced (and rather unfamiliar since the techniques aren't as common in the states), I have to say I failed utterly with this book. I read it in a bookstore and decided there was no reason to buy it because the projects would simply sit on my shelf, never being completed. Frankly, I would find it easier to look at the photographs and attempt to figure out how to make the jewelry than I found it to look at the so-called directions and figure it out. If you have a LOT of patience for that kind of thing, buy this book. If you think your beading book should be an intellectual challenge, buy this book. If you, like me, think that reading the instructions should be the easiest part of completing a beading project, skip this one.
loved the book Aug 13, 2007
I loved this book and I thought that the jewellery was lovely.
However, I would'nt recommend this book to a beginer, or even anyone who hasn't done japanese style beading before. As with most japanese beading books, there is very little written directions. There are diagrams showing the beads and thread paths instead. The thread paths are easy to follow, but I dont think that they are sutable for a beginer because you have to follow them yourself and there are no step by step diagrams
Romantic and Victorian inspired Beading patterns Oct 4, 2006
This in one of my favorite beading books, I would not recommend this to a beginner, since you have to know beading techniques in order to complete the projects. If you are an expert beader, the instructions are easy to understand and follow. It is also mostly diagrams so if you are not superb at following visual instruction you'll definitely feel frustrated. I am lucky since I am superb at both diagram and word instructions.
Art of Antigue Beading Sep 13, 2005
Love this book!! Not only is it filled with beautiful and unique designs, the directions are so clear and easy to follow.
Not what I was hoping for... Jul 2, 2005
I checked this book out from the library because I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy it or not. Thank goodness I didn't buy it. The photos were gorgeous, but when I turned to the back of the book, the instructions were terrible. They're all diagrams with little or no worded instructions. I found it very difficult to figure out where to begin half of the time. Some of the easier projects like the wavy choker looked pretty simple to follow, but other than that, you need to be very good at reading diagrams. Not only are they hard to read, but the illustration are very tiny.
I'll probably just copy a few of the diagrams and pictures that I like and return it to the library. I would not reccomend this book to those who are beginning beaders. Even if you are an advanced beader, you still may have trouble with the tiny diagrams. I would most definately reccomend checking this book out from the library to see if you like it.