November 15, 2012

Bead Weaving Book Review and Giveaway

WINNERS HAVE BEEN CHOSEN- COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you!

You guys know I don't do bead weaving. I probably COULD if I sat down and really tried to figure out the instructions, and if I had someone showing me how it was done.  Lark sent me a few of their new books that are now out on shelves.  I can Herringbone by Melissa Grakowsky is a comprehensive collection of beadwork projects for the beginner to the advanced.  It's really a beautiful book, and the photography showcases each project so well. The color instruction diagrams are nice, because I imagine it makes it easier to know which bead comes next while you are putting these pieces together.  You should see some of the artwork (I call it that because it is definitely works of art) in the gallery section at the back. Gorgeous stuff. My favorite project in this book is the Earth Mother earrings. They are beaded earrings for the beginner and feature Herringbone and Ladder stitch techniques. Love the pink and green color palette too.


I can Right Angle Weave by Mabeline Gidez is another fabulous Lark Books technique book. The layout is much like the Herringbone book. There are 475 illustrations in this book! and 25 full projects from beginner to advanced.  Again I know nothing about bead weaving whatsoever, but I believe I have heard that right angle weave can be one of those very
tricky techniques. I think these projects look a bit easier than
the herringbone stitches, but what do I know? Nothing really.

The Spicy Blossoms bracelet is my favorite, with beautiful red, black, green and gold color scheme.

This book also has a nice gallery section in the that showcases some really amazing work.

I am giving away these too books to random commentors. Please leave 1 comment on this post telling me which book you'd like to win. I will pick a random winner for both books, 24 hours from now, tomorrow morning around this time.

Good luck to all!

31 comments:

  1. I would be interested in the I can herringbone book. Thanks Lorelei

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  2. I would love to win the herringbone book. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  4. I Can Right Angle Weave. (I really can't and would so like to figure it out!) Thanks for the giveaway lottery too.

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  5. As a beadweaver, I can tell you this is a tough choice! I can herringbone very well, but that curious little girl in me says, I wonder what they've done with it in the book? I have to admit, RAW (right angle weave) has been a bit of a challenge for me in the past. I am slowly conquering it, but I know I have a long way to go, so I'm going to say toss my name in the pot for that one, however, I'd be thrilled with either one. Way to be decisive, huh? :)

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  6. Thanx for a chance to win. It's a tough choice but I would prefer the right angle weave book.

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  7. I'd like a chance to win the right angle weave book. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!
    Lori in Atlanta.

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  8. I prefer the "I Can Right Angle Weave" book, because I think this stitch can give endless design possibilities. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  9. I have the I Can Herringbone and love it. I would love a chance to win I Can Right Angle Weave. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

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  10. Ok, just talked to Kristen, and she told me that I want the herringbone book, so that's the pot you can put me in! :)

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  11. I'd love to win either book, but if I had to pick one I'd pick the I Can Right Angle Weave. Thank you for the giveaway :-)

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  12. I would LOVE the herringbone book - I just learned that stitch, and it has captivated me. Now I'm trying to to figure out how I can use it next...been looking at herringbone ropes, bracelets...

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  13. Jennifer11/15/2012

    So hard to choose! I think I Can Right Angle Weave is a good place to start.

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  14. (But seriously, as someone who loves seed beads, I'd be thrilled with either!!!)

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  15. Hi Lorelei! I would love to win the herringbone stitch book! Although I would like either!

    Thanks!

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  16. The best I can weave is a little flower.. And that was years ago. I would have to say the right angle weave. But either would be fun and interesting to learn.

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  17. I would love to win the right angle weave book. This is one stitch I haven't really planyed around with yet.

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  18. Bead weaving ... sounds very meditative! I would love to try it! Thanks Lorelei for the opportunity.

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  19. These both look interesting! Perhaps the herringbone. Thanks for the chance :)

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  20. Thanks Lorelei, I would be happy with either book. If I were to choose, the right angle weave looks especially good.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  21. Oh Lorelei, it seems like the days I resurface you are doing a giveaway! I feel like a bit of a "sponger" but not enough to not leave a comment LOL!!! Please put my name in for the herringbone book. Thanks so much for the chance here:)

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  22. I like both stitches but I'm always looking for different right-angle patterns so I think that's what I'd pick. Thanks Lorelei for the chance to win.

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  23. Lorelei, both books sound like great eye candy and terrific inspirations -- either would be a welcome addition to my shelves!

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  24. pick me. pick me pleeeeease!!! dobi needs a pair of fern earrings!!

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  25. I'd love any of them, preferably the second, I want to start with right-angle patterns!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  26. Joanna-Gloria11/16/2012

    I definitely need both books to get started with these new - for me - techniques, so I'd be perfectly happy with any of the two.
    :-)
    If I must choose, then the right angle weave one it is
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    Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

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  27. I don't believe I have ever learned how to do right angle weave so I would love that book. Thanks so much!

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  28. Brenda Bailey11/16/2012

    Well, I can't do either,(right now) but I'd like to learn. Herringbone would be my choice.

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  29. Oh, I would love to have the Herringbone book, because I CAN'T Herringbone even after several attempts LOL

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  30. I can't do either, but I am really interested in the Right Angle Weave book. Thanks!

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  31. I would be happy to win either of these awesome books! I have always wanted to try beadweaving, and it sounds like these would be great tools! So, pretty please count me in! Thanks!

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