o Best projects, from the best independent bead shops in the
o Coffee table quality, with inventive projects not just jewelry but also home decor.
o Favorite tips from bead shop owners is a cache of good advice and it's like having your own personal mentor/bead teacher
Laura Levaas is marketing manager for the Interweave Press book program and previously worked as marketing manager for Beadwork magazine. In a past life she was a journalist and freelance writer for newspapers, magazines, and online publications. In her spare time, she beads, knits, and adds to her continuously growing stash of beads and yarns. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado
This book is subtitled 'Designs from America's favourite bead shops' which did put me off at first, especially as I was worried that it would mean I wouldn't be able to buy all the supplies I might need for any projects I wanted to do. But the book was a pleasant surprise. The book has over 40 projects, mainly jewellery but some home items, and each one comes from a different bead shop. I liked a lot of the projects and thought there was a good mix of styles, finished items and techniques with some wirework included. I also liked the fact that each project comes from a different bead shop and is accompanied by some information on the shop, the owners, its background etc - a lot more interesting than it sounds. I will definitely do some more projects from this book and have so far found that it's been fine to get hold of any materials I have needed.
Lesley Frunley* Bead *