- Gebundene Ausgabe: 128 Seiten
- Verlag: Lark Books,U.S.; Auflage: 01 (22. September 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ASIN: 1600597831
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 25,9 x 22,3 x 1,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 23.236 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Rachel Nelson-Smith's Bead Riffs: Jewelry Projects in Peyote & Right Angle Weave (Beadweaving Master Class) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 22. September 2011
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With 23 innovative designs, "Bead Riffs: Jewelry Projects in Peyote & Right Angle Weave" pays homage to author Rachel Nelson-Smith's dual love of jazz music and beading. Follow Rachel's precise instructions or make like a jazz artist and use her 'Riff It' sidebars as inspiration for your own improvisation. Beadwork magazine, February/March 2012 issue This is an incredible book! These constructions are solid and sensational, a true reflection of their creator. We can all learn a great deal from this young genius. Look through the book, indulge your wonder, and then have a blast with the projects. Alice Korach Rachel Nelson-Smith has one of the most unique creative voices in beading. Rachel possesses exciting skills in design, a sophisticated color palette, and an eye for detailed illustration all of which make this book a visual treat as well as an invaluable learning resource! Marcia DeCoster This well-written, beautifully photographed, and easy-to-understand primer not only serves as a text for inventive projects but gives insight into Rachel s process and her creative gift.A worthy read for all beaders. Joyce Scott What a refreshing take on beadwork! You will love Rachel Nelson-Smith s unique point of view. It s pleasing to the eye and will make you long to hear her sing while you bead the projects in this innovative book. Jeannette Cook Amazing jewelry ... a lot to offer the bead weaver. (5-star review) About.com Jewelry Making"
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Examples of master beader Rachel Nelson-Smith's vibrant work have appeared in numerous publications. Her designs have been showcased at national bead shows and she teaches workshops across the America.
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Die Erklärungen in englischer Sprache sind aufgrund der gleichzeitigen Bebilderung auch für ungeübte Leser leicht zu verstehen.
Eine besonders schöne Idee sind die Farbvarianten am Ende jeden Projekts, die erkennen lassen, wie unterschiedlich der Eindruck durch geänderte Farbstellung sein kann.
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Rachel has a sense of color that is matched by very few. She has included five color ways to help beaders in their color choices for their own projects. What a nice touch. They are named Nature Girl, High Times, Stagelight (a favorite), Softly (another favorite) and Blue in Green. The instructions are well written and illustrated. Most of the beads she uses are easily obtained and may already be in the beader's stash.
Projects run from the simple to the extravagant. Among the more simple pieces are Billie's Bounce (which uses contrasting thread and embellished wheels), Fly Me To The Moon (I love the Stagelight color way version of this) and High Style (I see so many possibilities for this one). The more extravagant pieces include Dolled Up (one of my favorites) and Jazz (a scrumptious statement piece). Other favorites of mine are Phraseology (great contrast, texture and color play in this one), Birth Of The Cool (very wearable, lots of color and texture) and Cocktails For Two (I see so many options for making this).
I highly recommend Bead Riffs and think you will enjoy it, too.
After you read the introduction, there is a 20 page set up section which explains the tools and supplies as well as being a primer in the techniques used in the jewelry. One of my favorite parts of the set up is a photo of the color palettes she works in. The instructions are clear with diagrams as well as photos that use contrasting color beads to show how things are joined together.
Most of the jewelry in the book is built from a single needle right angle weave base. It creates the frame work for embellishment which is done in netting and peyote.
The projects are separated by type rather than by technique. So the first project chapter is Necklaces. The ornate layered collar "Jazz" is a project easy to get enthused about because the embellishment has so much room for personal expression. My favorite is "Fly Me To the Moon" with it's beaded donut.
Rings and Earrings puts on the glitz and sparkle with dimensional encrusted pieces that make use of rose montees and other kinds of sparkly. The Billie ring, named for Billie Holiday would make an amazing cocktail ring.
Bracelets are my favorite kind of beading, and the Bracelets chapter is my favorite. Dramatic cuffs and lots of sparkle. My favorite bracelet is the "Something Cool" with rivolis, drops and size 15 beads.
Recommend for advanced beginners and intermediate beaders who really love sparkle and glam. This book is full of that sort of beadwork. Drama rather than delicate, it's statement jewelry that is still very wearable. It is part of Lark's Beadweaving Master Class line.
At the end is a gallery of jewelry by various artists that's just fantastic. It uses the same stitches and some of the same techniques as the jewelry in the book, the gallery pieces are art and inspiring. The author picked them well.
It's a lovely book with well written instructions and wonderful pieces. I recommend putting on some Sarah Vaughan or Miles Davis while you're deciding which piece to make first.
After the brief introduction to Rachel Nelson-Smith's Bead Riffs it is on to "Chapter One: The Setup." Starting on page 10 through texts and pictures the chapter explains the materials needed and their various types, the threads involved, tools required, and techniques required. This leads into detailed instructions on how to do the "right angle weave" of various types. Mixed in with pictures of various results are pictures of the author and her bandmates making music to reinforce the basic idea of the book that jazz and beadwork both require the same skills and inspirational artistry.
Once you have mastered the basic ideas in Chapter One it is on to the actual projects. Those begin with "Chapter Two: Necklaces and Pendants" on page 33. The projects such as "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" (pages 34-37), "Rondo" (pages 44-47) and "Fly Me To The Moon" (pages 69-72) and others all have a musical tie in. Each project has a small introduction that explains the reference of the title, a list of supplies, techniques required, and a description of the finished size of the object. Each project has a picture of the finished item as well as several close up pictures of various detail elements along with detailed instructions. Under a "Riff It" section on some of the projections there are several suggestions on using the same design to accessory objects and/or how to individualize the piece. This same format continues throughout the book.
"Chapter Three: Rings and Earrings" comes next and starts on page 73. This is where you can learn how to make the "Nightingale" earrings (pages 80-81) or the "Five-Piece Band" rings (pages 82-85) among other projects. Like everything in this book, as well as any book of this type, you have to look at the pictures and instructions in the book to see if the project will work for you as the names of the projects aren't going to tell you much.
That short chapter gives way to "Chapter Four: Bracelets." Starting on page 89, projects such as the beautiful "Swing Time" (pages 97-99) and the truly "Something Cool" (pages 108-111) among others are covered.
The book closes with a photographic gallery of work from various artists that is visually stunning. That naturally leads into a short galley of the author's own work. That is equally impressive before being followed by an author's bio, an acknowledgement section, an index, and a one page advertisement of other books of interest to readers.
This 128 page book that also bears the logo "Lark Jewelry & Beading--Beadweaving Master Class" is clearly not for beginners. While there is introductory material to beading found in the book these projects are based on the idea that users have some experience in beading that they can build off of to create these projects. Visually appealing with numerous detailed projects, Rachel Nelson-Smith's Bead Riffs is a book that will serve its intended audience very well.
Material supplied by the good folks of the Plano Texas Public Library System.
Kevin R. Tipple ©2012