Patricia Wing and her family run an art and craft shop in Gosport, Hampshire. Although she was 'useless' at art at school, at the age of forty she discovered a latent talent for watercolour painting and card making. Since then she has had her card designs published by Medici, Bishopsgate and Hanson White, and her work has featured in Crafts Beautiful and Cardmaker magazines. She takes great delight in teaching others to discover anddevelop their own artistic gifts.
www.myshelf.com, Jan 06In the latest edition in the popular handmade Greetings Card Series, beads get an airing away from their usual jewelry use. Using a selection of pricking and embossing templates, beads, lace, glass gems and thread, you can make an assortment of beautiful, Victorian-influenced cards. Build up a collection of the materials and you will have enough to make everything in the book, or something like it. With the exception of one pricking pattern, everything else is made using the Dutch metal stencils, which certainly shows what can be done with them apart from the obvious, but does involve some initial outlay. The cards are fairly simple and enjoyable to make, and very much the style of the author. If pretty floral cards in soft colors aren't your (or rather your recipients') taste then this book might not appeal. You can search in vain for men's or children's cards, but instead you can discover how to stick beads and jewels together to make flowers, how effective a plastic cameo can look and how to use parts rather then the whole of those metal stencils. There is room in this series for another book on using beads, but perhaps that goes for every technique, as styles are as varied as practitioners. You can certainly learn a lot, quickly, from this user-friendly book and maybe if you want a different look then all you really need to do is buy some different materials. Fabrications, Jan 06Patricia Wing shows you how to create exquisite cards using beads, threads, gems and lace along with embossing and pricking techniques. Step-by-step photographs and instructions guide you through the techniques, making this the ideal book for beginners.Bead Society of Great Britain, Jun 06Giving a card to someone is a very personal thing and and handmade card makes it extra special because of the creative energy that goes into it. Patricia Wing's book is an easy to follow step-by-step guide to card making using a variety of embellishment techniques such as beads, gems and lace. She demonstrates how the simple techniques of embossing and pricking can generate truly fascinating designs to suit every occasion from birthdays to anniversaries and the holidays.The book is aimed at beginners and professionals alike and features a multitude of well illustrated photographs. It has a diverse spectrum of easy to make designs that would appeal to a wide audience. Make cards using her designs or use them to spark your own creativity. There is also detailed information on tools and materials. I found this book truly inspirational and very easy to follow, and at GBP6.99 it's a bargain better than no other!