Little boxes, on a hillside…. The final assignment for my writing class was to do a book review. One exception to this is Little Boxes by Julia S. Pretl , which is one of my all time favorite beading books. She features a variety of projects for three dimensional vessels, ranging from simple squares and triangles to more advanced polygonal shapes.
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Little boxes, on a hillside…. The final assignment for my writing class was to do a book review. One exception to this is Little Boxes by Julia S. Pretl , which is one of my all time favorite beading books.
She features a variety of projects for three dimensional vessels, ranging from simple squares and triangles to more advanced polygonal shapes. The detailed directions include excellent diagrams, pattern graphs and beautiful color photos to guide crafters of all skill levels through the process of creating these adorable boxes. One of the most notable aspects of this book is the high quality diagrams.
The large 3-D images provide optimal clarity, the bead rows are well marked to help you keep your place as you follow along, and the thread path is always visible. It is no wonder that the author has been commissioned to illustrate so many popular beading books since writing this one!
The written instructions are equally clear. While the methods used are somewhat advanced, and working knowledge of peyote stitch is advised, the directions are so precise that a beginner could follow them.
The intricate projects are broken down into simple steps, with the text placed adjacent to the corresponding diagram. This easy reference makes these techniques very comprehensive, despite their complexity.
Following these thorough instructions are a series of color graphs which will enable readers to duplicate the color schemes shown in the samples. For those who prefer to design their own patterns, there are blank graphs for each box shape. This is yet another example of how the author makes this book interesting and accessible to beginners and advanced bead workers alike. If you bought the first edition of the book, you may be disappointed by the lack of color photos.
In fact, the only photos included in the original printing are the samples on the cover. This is understandable, given that the first edition books were published, printed and bound by the author.
Still, it was a sad omission as Julia Pretl is an award winning bead artist, and her work is exceptionally beautiful. The second edition includes additional box designs, updated techniques and gorgeous color photos for each project. This classic book has taught bead enthusiasts around the world how to create these adorable little boxes.
It has also served as a springboard for some of the more advanced geometric bead designs taught by nationally known designers. Whether you consider yourself an amateur or professional beader, it is a must-have for your collection!
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Creative Pub: Quayside. ISBN CRAFTS Pretl Beaded Collars compiles her favorite designs from her recent books in this weighty guide, which focuses on three types of beadwork projects using three different techniques: knitted bags, netted necklaces, and peyote-stitch boxes. Basic directions for each technique are provided, with support from the lessons on the included DVD, which shows each technique in action. Some knowledge of beadwork is assumed; however, advanced beginners could easily attempt the projects included in this broad collection.
Little Beaded Boxes