Anna Draeger's previous book, Crystal Brilliance (see review) was a wonderful inspirational book on the joys of using Swarovski crystals in beading. The elegant designs were imminently wearable and more importantly, doable as larger crystals help make the work go quicker.
Anna has followed up with a new book Crystal Play: Fun and Fabulous Designs for Stitched Jewelry which I recently received for review. It does live up to its name because the author has clearly been playing with her beads! She divided the 25 project book into 4 chapters : Beaded Beads. Component Craze, Playful Favorites and Another Dimension.
The book consists of mainly bracelet projects with just a few necklace/pendant designs and no rings. The instructions are clear and well illustrated as shown in the page for the Flat-Out Fabulous bracelet below which is a flat spiral design. What is helpful is the list of beading stitches at the beginning of each project - on the top left of the page. Not every author includes this. It is handy to have some idea of what type of stitches are used before plunging in!
Before You Go:
- Book Review - Endless Sparkle
- Book Review - Simply Stylish Crystal Jewelry
- Book Review - Easy Crystal Stitching
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