If you love Bead and Button magazine, then you will probably love the book I just received from Kalmbach Publishing. It's a compilation of the best projects from a whole year's worth. Creative Beading Vol. 5 is hardback too.

75 drop dead gorgeous designs - the kind of quality typical of this magazine. It's astonishing how many projects they do cover in a year because I found very few overlaps with the other books I recently reviewed from the same source. I wonder what the editorial conference room was like when they battled out which ones to include!

The vast majority of the projects are bead work for beginners through to advanced bead artisans. Some of the delightful gems I loved were the button bead embroidery, tubular herringbone links and  interchangeable flower pendant projects.  One non- jewelry tutorial was the amazing tea pot one.

However, they do cover other techniques as well  - roughly 25 % of the book - including some chain maille and  wire work.  Two stand outs was Sharilyn Miller's Rosy Posy pendant done with a round loom and a gorgeous jig butterfly by Nina Novikova.

A couple of noticeable repeats were the bead tatted and yarn crochet necklace projects from the other books most likely because they were the only ones of the kind. But really, you won't be disappointed with the whole book.


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