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The Beads in Beadwork -- Seed Beads


This is a special issue of theMargaretologist, our journal, that takes the "mystery" out of seed beads. One reason for this project were all the questions people asked about these little beads. Here is a short history of beadwork, the sizing of seed beads, what a "bunch" of beads is, dating seed beads and a seed bead vocabulary (a short version is on the site) that traces the origin of the names and the techniques used to make lustering, three-cuts, etc.

Margaretologist 10(2) 1997 -- $6.50

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Guide to Beadwork

is an excellent, easy-to-use introduction to this popular craft. Read my whole review here.

Right: round "peyote" stitch.

Special! Guide to Beadwork is out of print, but now completely on-line here:
Guide to Beadwork


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Still looking for more? Try these books from Prices are guides only; the correct prices are on's pages. Sections include:
Beadworking -- General and Introductory;
Beaded Jewelry and Accessories;
Beadwork for Children;
Native American Beadwork and Patterns.

Beadworking -- General and Introductory

Basic Beadwork for Beginners; Mitsuko Muto; Paperback; $14.40

The Bead Book : A Step-By-Step Guide to the Creative Art of Beading; Victoria Dutton; Hardcover; $15.98

Beaded Images : Intricate Beaded Jewelry Using Brick Stitch; Barbara Elbe; Paperback; $9.95

The Beader's Companion, Judith Durant and Jean Campbell. Hardcover. No price yet.

Beaded Images II : Intricate Beaded Jewelry Using Brick Stitch; Barbara Elbe; Paperback; $9.95; Descriptive information available.

Beading by Machine by Yvonne Perez-Collins, paperback $19.95

Beads and Threads : A New Technique for Fiber Jewelry; Diane Fitzgerald, Helen Banes; Paperback; $22.46

Bead Work: Get Started in a New Craft With Easy-To-Follow Projects for Beginners (Start-A-Craft); Sarah Withers; Hardcover; $8.98

Beading (Potter Needlework Library); Diana Vernon, Pam Krauss (Editor); Paperback; $14.40

Beadwork Basics; Ann Benson; Paperback; $13.45

Beadwork Basics; Ann Benson; Hardcover; $25.16

A Beadwork Companion: A Step by Step Illustrated Workbook for Beading Projects; Jean Heinbuch; Paperback; $10.95

Beautiful Beading: A Beginner's Guide (Milner Craft Series); Ruth Wilson; Paperback; $13.45

Decorative Needlepoint: Tapestry and Beadwork; Julia Hickman, Tim Hill (Photographer); Hardcover; $25.20; Descriptive information available.

Elegant Beading for Sewing Machine and Serger (Great Sewing Projects Series); Susan Parker Beck, Pat Jennings; Hardcover; $22.46

How to Do Beadwork; Mary White; paperback; $4.45

Indian Beadweaving Patterns by Horace Goodhue

The New Beadwork; Kathlyn Moss and Alice Scherer; Hardcover; $26.96; Descriptive information available.

Two-Hour Beaded Projects: More Than 200 Designs; Ann Benson; Hardcover; $22.46

Beaded Jewelry and Accessories

Adventures in Creating Earrings; Laura Reid; Paperback; $9.95

Amulet Obsession, Barbara E. Elbe, Paperback, $13.95.

Ann Benson's Beadwear: Making Beaded Accessories and Adornments; Ann Benson; Hardcover; $25.16

Bead Jewelry/Book and Beads (Workstations); Stefany Tomalin; Calendar; $19.76; Descriptive information available.

Creating Extraordinary Beads from Ordinary Material; Tina Casey, $18.39

Exotic Beads: 45 Distinctive Beaded Jewellery Designs; Sara Withers; Paperback; $17.96; Descriptive information available.

How to Bead Earrings: An Artistic Approach; Lori S. Berry; Paperback; $10.95

The Irresistible Bead: Designing & Creating Exquisite Beadwork Jewelry; Linda Fry Kenzle; Paperback; $17.96; Descriptive information available.

Poisonous Lizards: Gila Monsters and Mexican Beaded Lizards; James Martin; School & Library Binding; $16.56

Techniques of Beading Earrings; Deon Delange, et al; Paperback; $8.95

More Techniques of Beading Earrings Deon Delange; Paperback; $8.95

The Usborne Book of Beads, Bangles and Bracelets (How to Make Series); Ray Gibson, et al; Library Binding; $13.95

A World of Beads: How to Make your Own Unique Jewellery; Barbara Case; Hardcover; $22.46

Beadwork for Children

Disney's Pocahontas Bead Book and Kit/Book and Beads Vol. 1; Walt Disney; Hardcover; $11.65; Descriptive information available.


Beadweaving: New Needle Techniques & Original Designs; Ann Benson; Hardcover; $25.16

Creative Bead Jewelry: Weaving, Looming, Stringing, Wiring, Making Beads; Carol Taylor; Paperback; $17.06; Descriptive information available.

Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches; Carol Wilcox Wells; Hardcover; $22.46

Indian Beadweaving Patterns by Horace Goodhue  

Native American Beadwork and Patterns

Applique Patterns from Native American Beadwork Designs; Joyce Mori; Paperback; $13.45

Authentic American Indian Beadwork and How to Do It: With 50 Charts for Bead Weaving and 21 Full-Size Patterns for Applique; Pamela Stanley-Millner; Paperback; $3.56

The Complete Guide to Traditional Native American Beadwork: A Definitive Study of Authentic Tools, Materials, Techniques, and Styles; Joel Monture; Paperback; $12.60

Crow Indian Beadwork: A Descriptive and Historical Study; William Wildschut, John Canfield Ewers; Paperback; $8.95.

Indian Beadweaving Patterns by Horace Goodhue

North American Indian Beadwork Patterns; Pamela Stanley-Millner; Paperback; $3.56

Poisonous Lizards: Gila Monsters and Mexican Beaded Lizards; James Martin; School & Library Binding; $16.56

Technique of North American Indian Beadwork; Monte Smith; Paperback; $10.95

Traditional Indian Bead and Leather Crafts (Traditional Indian Crafts Series); Monte Smith, Michele Van Sickle; Paperback; $9.95



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