Monday, June 27, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway | Hubble Stitch

By on Monday, June 27, 2016 45 Comments

Most if not all beading stitches have been around for so long no one knows who first created them. So it is pretty rare to come across a new beading stitch, let alone one which is so versatile and fits right in there with other modern beading techniques.


I recently received this book, Hubble Stitch: Instructions and Inspiration for this Creative New Lace Beadwork Technique from Interweave/F+W Media for review. UK author and bead jewelry designer, Melanie de Miguel shares her discovery of this new stitch in a series of 12 hubble stitch projects. This is her first offering of hubble stitch variations and it is clear there are ample opportunities for more.


At first glance, hubble stitch resembles right angle weave (RAW).  But on closer examination, how the beads sit is different - somewhat tilted like for herringbone.  Indeed the author describes hubble stitch "as a blend of herringbone and ladder stitch and a close cousin of RAW, all rolled into one." The abbreviations of HB for herringbone and L for ladder combined together gave rise to the new stitch's unusual name.

It was a serendipitous discovery which "all started with a very perky picot."  How the four beads of the basic hubble stitch sit together is accomplished with the right thread passes and "snuggling up" the beads in just the right way.  Like many other beading stitches, the first row will be fiddly before the beading gets easier.

Spectrum Bracelet
The earlier and easier projects in the book show an open style of beading reminiscent of true RAW.  Hubble stitch is so versatile, it can be used to make beaded waves and curls.
Spex Vortex Eyeglass Holder Necklace

La Nina Bracelet
There are projects which utilize the 2 or 3 drop hubble stitch. The bracelet below uses a horizontally spaced out hubble stitch.  A different look is achieved when the stitch is worked in a vertical fashion.

Crystal Ladder Bracelet
Circular and tubular hubble stitch ropes can also be accomplished!

Hubble Rope

Snowflake Earrings
The Solar Flare pendant necklace is the final project in the book - a lovely design which incorporates several variations of the hubble stitch to become the beaded bezel for a Swarovski rivoli.

Solar Flare Necklace 
A lovely little (it is physically smaller than the average beading book) volume for those who want to do something new but not too challenging.  Once the hubble stitch is learned, students could then go on to explore new variations of their own.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Hubble Stitch please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international. 
If the winner has a non-post box US address, the prize will be a physical book.  Otherwise it will be an eBook.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday,  July 4 , 2016 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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45 comments:

  1. I'd really really love to learn how to make that gorgeous rainbow one! Looks like a good book too. Blog follower and subscriber, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  2. Would love to win a copy of this book. I've been looking at the reviews...they are great. Alpert.amy@gmail.com

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  3. Sounds like a interesting stitch to try.
    auntmeanie682@optonline.net

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  4. Would love to win this...thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. I think this is awesome that you are doing this!!! BTW have you entered MY Shaped Bead Challenge over on my blog, www.sarcasticbeadsandyarn.com ? I'm giving away a bead prize pack!

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  6. I have been wanting this book. The hubble stitch is a great combination of all the other bead weaving stitches I have been practicing.
    edy
    ewinokur1@gmail.com

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  7. Awesome!!!! I have a list of books and this is high on my list. The La Nina project looks beautiful as do all the projects in this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!!!!!

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  8. Hi Pearl :)
    This would be a fun book to win! I love bead weaving - create designs all the time. I would really like to learn this new stitch. Thanks for hosting another wonderful giveaway!
    I subscribe, follow you on FB and Twitter. Will share on FB and Tweet.
    Debra - msd.katz@hotmail.com

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  9. Always nice to meet a new beading stitch!

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  10. This stitch looks very interesting and versatile! I'd like to learn how to make some of the projects in the book.

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  11. I would love to win this new book: Hubble Stitch. The Hubble Rope would be my first try. I am a follower of beading gem and can be reached at thebeadsgoon@hotmail.com. I will share on Pinterest and Instagram.
    Thanks for this opportunity,
    Sue

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  12. awesome chance to win a new method of beading. Thank you for reviewing and sharing this book and others. blog subscriber auravisionrose@peoplepc.com

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  13. Love,love,love to win this book. It's always interesting to learn new stich and the results are beautiful. I'm a suscriber.

    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  14. New Stitches, Whoopie...I love the creation of new stitches. I love to incorporate basic stitches to create new pieces. Hubble Stitch looks like a great addition to my repertoire of stitches. The intricacy of the stitch is amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to win this new addition to my library of delights.

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  15. I would love to learn a new stitch! Pick me!

    swillert@new.rr.com

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  16. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this book giveaway. I have seen only a few of the Hubble stitch examples on Pinterest and have saved every one that I have come across. Which, of course, required a new board...HUBBLE STITCH.

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  17. As a seed beader, one way or another I'm going to Hubble. This book would be a wonderful introduction. Thanks for always doing so many giveaways! beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  18. This looks like fun. I'm planning a vacation and it'd be nice to take this along. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  19. This looks like a lot of fun. I'd like to give it a try!
    smitharts2002@yahoo.com

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  20. this looks awesome would love a go at making something using the stitch
    crisnlyd@msn.com

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  21. I would love to win a copy of that book. I like Melanie de Miguel, she's is a real good teacher on her videos on YouTube. I'm sure her book will be as easy to follow as her tutorials are.

    andree.caron@yahoo.ca

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  22. This looks like it would be fun and something different. I love the spirals. I saw the book Sat. and put it on a wish list. Thanks for the possibility of wish fulfilled. email maryc330@outlook.com

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  23. I have seen information about this new stitch. This would be a wonderful opportunity to try it out.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  24. How interesting and exciting! I would love to win!

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  25. I would love to win this - I like that you can use the regular ( 15, 11, 8,etc) seed beads to create something. New designs and techniques with tried and true beads. Love it!

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  26. The spectrum bracelet is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to win this contest!
    blake31856@bellsouth.net

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  27. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL designs! It would be difficult to pick just one as my favorite!
    planed313@gmail.com

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  28. I'd love to try this new stitch!

    Abby at rockdoc44@gmail.com

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  29. Looks lovely!
    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  30. I am always ready to try a new stitch! Would love to win this giveaway.

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  31. I absolutely adore the looks of the hubble stitch. Since it is a new stitch there is very little about it found online unlike other stitches. Being able to use this book as an additional tool in my growing library of beading information would be an amazing inspiration. I would love love to win this book!
    I am a faithful follower of your blog, emails, pinterest and facebook

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  32. I really want to learn this stitch!
    Bfickle2010@yahoo.com

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  33. A new stitch that I can do using the beads I already have? Sounds perfect in my book! I can't afford to keep buying all these differently shaped beads! LOL I'd love to win it.

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  34. Oh, and I'm also a blog subscriber. as well as on FaceBook. I don't want to miss any posts!

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  35. The designs in this book are very nice.

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  36. So many different designs from one stitch!!! WOW!

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  37. This looks like a fun and versatile stitch to try.
    Would love to try all the patterns that you have shown in your review.

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  38. Greta gdmar@comcast.netJune 29, 2016 at 4:01 PM

    Looks fun and fairly easy. I'll give it a go !

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  39. What a great giveaway! Looks like lots of great projects in the book!

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  40. Looks like a wonderful new stitch! I would love to win this book to try it out!

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  41. Pearl you have the best give-aways, all beaders hope to win. I'm a subscriber as well. Jackie at jroyis@shaw.ca

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  42. What an interesting stitch. Looks so beautiful. Very nice of you to hold the giveaway.
    ~cryssT

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  43. I'm always looking for new stitches to try and this one looks like something I will love to do! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  44. I have never heard of the hubble stitch--will definitely have to do some research into it. Thanks for the chance to win an interesting book.
    dragonswing15137@yahoo.com

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