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I have been making essential oil diffuser jewelry so I appreciate a good step-by-step book explaining different beading techniques. The Big Book of Weekend Beading was edited by Jean Power and is an excellent resource for beadwork with contributions from Natalie Cotgrove, Umbreen Hafeez, Cheryl Owen, and Julie Smallwood. The step-by-step instructions in this book make it easy to follow especially with the help of the great photographs.
Discover the amazing versatility of beadwork in this scintillating selection of more than 30 projects that you can make in just one weekend. From jewelry and clothing to home accessories and embroidered textiles, there’s something here for every taste and level of ability. Projects include lampshades, decorative candles, fringed throws, embroidered table runners, tassel covers, embellished scarves, hair accessories, and more. Big Book of Weekend Beading teaches an exciting variety of methods, from general beadwork to stringing, bead embroidery, and wirework. Simple projects at the start of each section give beginners an instant taste of success, leading them on to try larger-scale projects and more impressive techniques.Inside Big Book of Weekend Beading 30 step-by-step beading projects that you can make in just a weekend. Jewelry, clothing, home accessories, embroidered textiles—there’s something here for everyone. Projects include lampshades, decorative candles, fringed throws, embroidered table runners, tassel covers, embellished scarves, hair accessories, and more. Comprehensive materials and techniques sections guide you through all the key areas of beadwork, including stringing, bead embroidery, and wirework. This big book includes projects for all tastes and all levels of ability. The projects and techniques are designed and written by a team of experienced bead crafters, each one an expert in her field.
Just to show you how easy it was to make a Knotted-Cord Necklace I want to share how you can simplify the steps even more if you are a beginner.
~2 mm leather cord of desired length
~9 x 9 mm white pearl or bead of choice
~2 cord ends
Place your bead in the middle of the cord. You will tie and overhead knot on either side of the bead so that it stays in place.
Cut the cord the length you want it to be before you place your cord ends on the ends of your necklace.
Even if some of the project look overwhelming you can always simplify!