Beading for the Soul: Inspired Designs From 23 Contemporary Artists

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Interweave Press, Oct 1, 2005 - Crafts & Hobbies - 144 pages
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This collection of projects inspired by myth, symbolism, religion, and personal beliefs is designed for beaders and artists interested in imbuing their work with meaning. The 26 designs range from necklaces and bracelets to wall hangings, bags, an heirloom box, and even a mobile. Each piece has a distinct focus and specific purpose that is elaborated on by its designer, who writes about the significance beading plays in his or her life. The designs are divided into chapters focusing on different aspects: protection, healing, strength, good fortune, prayer, bonding, and remembrance. A wide range of techniques is offered for beadworkers, with some as basic as knotting, seed beading, peyote stitch, brick stitch, ladder stitch, and bead embroidery stitches. More specialized techniques include bead weaving, beading on screen, and painting on glass. Beyond the projects inside, this guide is a starting point for an artist's own creativity and self-expression.

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About the author (2005)

Deborah Cannarella is one of the founding editors of Threads magazine and a former editor of PieceWork magazine. She has been crafting for more than 20 years and is the author of several historical biographies for children, including volumes on Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, and Harry S. Truman. She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

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