Many people love making beaded medallions. There are some nifty advantages. Short of time? Some medallions can be used as pendants and earrings. But a favorite design can be repeated for bracelets and necklace. Medallions also suit those who prefer working in short bursts but still want to get some pleasure in finishing something. If this is you, then you will like this new book by Sabine Lippert which I recently received for review.
Sabine's Beaded Fantasies book is chock full of beaded medallions and other jewelry which feature repetitive design elements. The author does deliver on the romantic theme with many lovely intricate designs. Sabine's ability to add layers of detail and color is indeed extraordinary.
|Cubic Dots Bracelet, Granada Brooch and La Fleur Bracelet|
While there are a number of simpler projects, her master class book is best for intermediate and advanced beaders. The jewelry pieces included necklaces including chokers, bracelets, earrings and brooches but no rings. That should not be an issue with ring lovers because many of the medallion designs can be converted into rings.
Sabine is a huge RAW (right angle weave) enthusiast so this stitch rules in her book. She also uses peyote. I enjoyed reading her final chapter where she explains her creative process. She makes intuitive color choices and lets her designs led her onto the next one.
There are two free tutorials. Both designs were among my list of favorites although I am hard pressed to choose which are my favorite medallions. The Purple Rope necklace appealed to me for its striking boldness. This design will look great with simple shift dresses or strapless gowns.
I really liked the Les Fleurs necklace too because it looked like it might have graced a noble lady at a medieval royal court.
The Volcanoes necklace is a lovely vision which somehow reminds me of Roman mosaics. It is also well named. The close up shows why.
The book does seem to be text rich at first glance even though there are also a number of accompanying diagrams. But given the intricacy of many of the designs, it is not surprising to see such thoroughness. The patience is worth it because designs are truly inspirational.
Before You Go:
- Book Review - Sensational Bead Embroidery
- Book Review - Your Seed Bead Style
- Book Review - Stitch Workshop : Right Angle Weave
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