Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway : Modern Beaded Lace

By on Monday, August 22, 2016 70 Comments

Do you find beading to be either too time consuming or too intricate for everyday wear? You are not alone. Many beading enthusiasts will find this book appealing because of the modern styling. If not quite contemporary, the designs are certainly less ornate than some traditional beadwork designs. The design colors are also deliberately muted and neutral.


I received the book, Modern Beaded Lace: Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs, from Interweave for review.  It is by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, a seasoned bead artist, instructor and blogger.  Her Jewelry Tales blog showcases not only her designs but accompanying short stories.


The basics section not only covers the types of beads used in the 18 jewelry projects but also the instructions for the stitches used - fringe, ladder, reinforced flat herringbone, reinforced tubular herringbone, triangular tubular herringbone, netting, peyote, right angle weave (RAW), modified  RAW, Russian snake stitch, square stitch, modified square stitch.

What surprised me was the designer's preference for Nymo B thread given the lacy and open designs. Many beaders would prefer to use Fireline for the stiffer support.  Cynthia likes the drape of the Nymo thread and crucially, she works with a very tight tension.

Hypnotize Me Earrings
Also delightful is the author's explanation of the different types of lace which inspired her designs. Needle lace is her favorite! She has clearly studied the knots used in lace making and could envision each knot being substituted with a bead!  Like the lace she loves, there is a lot of negative space in her pieces.

Dogwood Chain Necklace
Some of her most striking designs are towards the end of the book. The Heart Strings and Esha's Fan necklaces have gorgeous focals.

Lyra Bracelet
Jacobean Blossoms Earrings
Heart Strings Necklace
Esha's Fan Necklace
The book will be more difficult for absolute beginners but late beginners to intermediate beaders and beyond, should be able to tackle the projects. A good book to learn some new (to you) or modified versions of common beading stitches.

Giveaway
If you'd like to win a copy of Modern Beaded Lace: Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

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,  August 29 , 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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70 comments:

  1. The title of the book says it all - they are indeed stunning designs!

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  2. Wow, what great new/old beading technique. I'd love to learn more about this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. I'd love to win this- I've got it on my Amazon wishlist and really want to try the designs inside - more so now when I've seen your pics!! I'm signed to your e-mail facebook linked in and twitter blogs, and maybe some others that I don't remember the name of and love your blogs for the inspiration and knowledge you share with us all

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  4. i like so much all the knowledge that you share, and i want to win this incredible book. thanks you. elori_98@yahoo.com.
    Solange Tavarez, Designer from Dominican Republic

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  5. Wow! These designs are beautiful! They are contemporary & feminine but still retain a vintage feel. I can definitely envision the varieties of lace that inspired these designs.

    As always, Pearl, thank you for everything you do for the beading community. Your blog & Facebook page are valuable resources.

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  6. The beaded lace book is showcasing a gorgeous technique of delicate beaded jewelry. I would love to expand my knowledge of bead stitches.
    Edy. ewinokur1@gmail.com

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  7. Stunning designs - so refreshingly clean and open!

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  8. Would love to win this...Thank you for the opportunity!

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  9. Wow, this looks like a book I want in my library. I would love to win!
    Swillert@new.rr.com

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  10. The pieces you've shown are just beautiful. It would be an incredible gift to receive (and then I could make gifts for others!) thanks for the chance to win it.

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  11. Hi;

    These pieces are beautiful!! I would love to win this book, so I can also learn so many new things & make beautiful gifts for family & friends!!
    I am unable to work & really cannot afford to buy such beautiful gifts.
    Enjoy your day!!

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  12. I absolutely love the delicate work in the photos shown. I would love to win the book to make these incredibly beautiful designs.

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  13. This is the type of beading I have had floating around in my brain....so happy to see this book. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. I enjoy doing bead weaving and would love to make one of the patterns from this book my next project.

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  15. The beadwork in this book is very beautiful and very delicet. the patterns are great. I would love to have a copy of this book so Icould try these designs myself.

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  16. Surely need this book, like the style of this beadwork pattern. Love love to win this.
    I'm a suscriber. Thank you for this giveaway.
    Linda
    linda.lalibarte@hotmail.com

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  17. This looks like an interesting book, and right in line with the kinds of beading I enjoy. I'd love to win this book. Thank you Pearl for always doing so many give-aways! beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  18. Such beautiful intricate designed pieces, really admire them all! Blog follower, subscriber and Facebook fan too, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com, fingers crossed.

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  19. OMG! I normally don't participate in the give-aways but just the piece on the front page made my jewelry craft hands itch! Awesome beautiful pieces advertised! If I don't win the give-away, although, of course I want to, I'm going to buy one anyway!

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  20. I was looking at this book earlier on Amazon.....I would love to own this book!!!! The details in the work are amazing!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!

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  21. Love these lacy designs! They fit my style perfectly!
    Maureenwack@gmail.com

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  22. I haven't done a lot of bead weaving lately but I think I would with this book. Lovely designs!

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  23. I'd love to win this book. I love Cynthia's lacy designs!

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  24. And I am a blog subscriber (have been for many years)!

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  25. Thank you for the giveaway.
    monamhassan@gmail.com

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  26. Beautiful, delicate patterns. Looks like size 15 beads. I'd love to own this book and thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  27. Lovely designs ! Thank you for this giveaway,
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  28. I love those designs and really need some direction on creating something so gorgeous. Blog subscriber, too! Thanks Pearl!

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  29. So beautiful! I would love to have this book. chrisack54@gmail.com

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  30. What a great idea! Would enjoy this book.
    I'm a follower.
    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  31. Hi Pearl - would love to win this & take the book & designs down under (new zealand) thanks heaps -- www.beadbugs.co.nz

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  32. Susan Duffy susanduffy@hotmail.comAugust 22, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Neat lace interpretations! Looks so light and airy. Thanks! susanduffy@hotmail.com

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  33. Dear Pearl, I'd love to have a copy of this book for my library. You have done it again.

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  34. This looks awesome! Beautiful work. Via FB

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  35. Beautiful designs! via FB

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  36. Wow lovely! love this style of beadwork! I would indeed love to win this!

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  37. The pictures remind me of the delicate beading of the late 1800's, an almost lost art form. What a lovely addition this would be to a reference library.Adding it to mine would be a true delight. Thank you so much for the opportunity!
    Cathy
    catherineabarron@gmail.com

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  38. I'm all in for this book - looks fabulous. Thanks for the opportunity, Pearl!

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  39. I have this book on my wish list. The projects look amazing. I would love to win this and give them a try.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  40. I love this look. I would love to win this book.
    dorism3560@gmail.com

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  41. Thanks Pearl for hosting another wonderful book giveaway!
    Cynthia has wanted to write this book for some time so I'm very happy for her to see that she has it completed and published. It would be an excellent book to add to my beading library.
    I am a subscriber. I've tweeted, shared on Pinterest and on FB.
    Deb Schwartz msd.katz@hotmail.com

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  42. OMG this jewelry is simply breathtaking! I would love to have this book!

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  43. I also shared to twitter! That's how much I love this book :D

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  44. Those are really nice designs.

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  45. The schemas and photos truly remind me of delicate lace! I would be truly delighted gain new knowledge and take my beading to a whole new level!
    Beth Burdick
    bethyb00p.bb@gmail.com

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  46. Would love to win this. Have this on my wish list. Would probably try to mix up some of the smaller components to get more experience to make the more complicated pieces. Jacobean Blossoms Earrings are gorgeous.

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  47. Love these designs! Elegant and airy.
    mommysdream@gmail.com

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  48. I've been dying for a copy of this book ever since I found out she was writing it! www.beadingbutterfly.com

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  49. The projects look ever interesting. Would to make them.

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  50. Thank you Pearl. I am a subscriber and I have learnt a lot following your tips and tutorials. I would love to win this book. The designs shown are all so pretty. I write from Bangalore India. Hope I am entitled if chosen?
    khurshidkhoree@hotmail.com

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  51. Oh , yes , this is stunning ! the examples you show seem very elaborate , not sure a beginner like me would manage ... But thank you for allowing us to try and win this book ! I am a follower , and enjoy very much all the creations you always show !

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  52. Love these designs. How cool to win. Thank you for the chance!

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  53. Looks like a great book! mwerner21@gmail.com

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  54. Thank you for sharing this book with us. I love working with seed beads. I know there are a lot of people who don't like working with the small beads but I love it. Thanks for the chance to win (kateyhbf@gmail.com)

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  55. would be nice to learn something new
    romanats@gmail.com

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  56. My kind of jewelry! kelkearn5@verizon.net

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  57. My kind of jewelry! I'd love to win the book!

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  58. Greta gdmar@comcast.net.August 25, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Please enter me in this give away. I would love to win this book. I am a blog subscriber.

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  59. Lovely designs in this book1 It is a must have for me!
    eric-karenholden@comcast.net

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  60. Stunning designs - love the pendant on the cover. Would love to try these techniques!

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  61. These are so lovely. What fun it would be to make these designs.
    ~cryssT

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  62. What WONDERFUL designs I would love to win this thanks for the chance!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  63. I'm an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
    Facebook
    Sarah Scott Oswald
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  64. New to site, love what I see. I need another book, lol. sassycelticmoon@yahoo.com

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  65. A-MAZ-ING looking book. I would loooooovve to have a copy. I can be reached at Loramystreasures@att.net
    Thank you & BLESSINGS,
    Lori P

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  66. I love the laces in any form. With pleasure I'll try the beaded lace :)

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