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Toad Hollow's Favorite Books on Beading

and Gemstone Jewelry Making

ALL WIRED UP: WIRE TECHNIQUES for the BEADWORKER and JEWELRY MAKER by Mark Lareau. I could have used this book when I was learning to do wire work! Excellent directions and clear photographs. Save yourself a lot of frustration and wasted wire...buy this book! 


BASIC CABOCHONS: VISIONS VOLUME I. by Paula Adams. Create cabochon pins, pendants and earrings with seed bead bezels and fringe. Contains clear illustrations and detailed instructions.
THE BEAD JEWELRY BOOK by Stefany Tomalin. This book covers identification of gemstone beads from various countries and cultures. Glass and organic beads are also described. Basic beading techniques are covered and the construction of a number of beautiful projects is presented clearly. I have gained much inspiration from this book!
BEADING WITH SEED BEADS, GEM STONES & CABOCHONS by Sadie Starr. This is the first of two great books by the southwestern jewelry artist, Sadie Starr. There are many projects presented in this volume...my favorites are her lovely beaded dangle earrings. 



BEADS: AN EXPLANATION OF BEAD TRADITIONS AROUND THE WORLD by Janet Coles. This is, perhaps, my favorite of all of the bead books in my collection. The photographs are inspiring and construction techniques are included to help in the creation of some really stunning ethnic inspired jewelry. Much information about beads from various countries


BEADWORK CREATES NECKLACES: 30 DESIGNS edited by Jean Campbell. One of four new titles by the editors of Beadwork Magazine. Other books in this series cover bracelets, and any one would make a nice gift to someone who loves beadwork (including yourself) from beginner to expert.


CREATIVE BEAD JEWELRY by Carol Taylor. I'm very partial to this title since it was one of my first beading books. I find that I refer back to it again and again.  It covers a wide range of construction techniques. If you are just beginning, it's a great investment.


MAKING BEAD & WIRE JEWELRY: SIMPLE TECHNIQUES, STUNNING DESIGNS by Dawn Cusick. The title says it all! This book is now available in paperback. If you already have ALL WIRED UP! you'll want to get this title next!


MALA MEDITATION by Guru Kirn Kaur Khalsa. Gemstone malas are a form of prayer beads. This booklet describes the healing powers of the gemstones popularly used to create malas. The techniques for using and positions for holding the mala in the hand are illustrated and explained.


A STRING & A PRAYER: HOW TO MAKE AND USE PRAYER BEADS by Eleanor Wiley. An inspiring book for the design and creation of prayer beads with personal significance. There is something so comforting about beads.


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