I really didn't need to read who the author was when I first spotted the title of this book which recently arrived for review.  Lori Anderson is a very active blogger and full time jewelry artisan who writes the Pretty Things blog. Many of you probably know that she is the moving force behind a hugely successful Bead Soup Blog Party she started in 2010.

The blog hop was so successful that it now runs twice a year and involves hundreds of beaders from around the world. People just loved coming up with new designs based on some swapped items and their own stashes.  The idea was to encourage beaders to get out of their comfort zone and create something they may not have considered before.

Lori's new book, Bead Soup: 32 Projects Show What Happens When 26 Beaders Swap Their Stash is structured like a Bead Soup Blog Party. The projects all have delightfully food inspired names and the flavor of a cookbook!

The most outstanding things about this book are the four creative approaches.  These are great suggestions on how to start the design the design process.  They form the basis of the four chapters of the book - Leftover Bead Method, Focal Method, Color Palette Method and the Random Purchase Method.

Even if you don't have time for a bead swap, this book does let you join in the fun with lots of ideas. As you can see from the preview pictures, the process begins with a bowl of beads, focals and findings. The results are wonderfully eclectic designs - tasty feasts for the eyes!  It's worth cooking up your own recipes.  As with cooking, the same dish is never quite the same with different cooks!

Click here for a preview of the book.


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