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Book Review & Giveaway | Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags

Beadwork is not always about jewelry.  The decorative art form can be applied to attire and accessories as well. If you love to bead and have a large collection of beads, then making beaded bags might just be the kind of projects to keep you occupied and happy!

Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags is a book I received recently for review.  The publisher is Interweave/F+W.  It's not a newly published book but one which celebrates timeless beaded bag designs.  The 30 featured bags ranged in size from small amulets to reticules (wrist bags), evening clutches and even a market bag.  One amusing design was a beaded tooth handbag!

The techniques also varied. They included bead embroidery, bead weaving, loom weaving, bead crochet and knitting.

I am not aware of why the book is so narrow but one thing is certain, this is one book which can fit into a Christmas stocking! The projects and techniques section do include some diagrams but most of the instructions are in words. Some projects are easy enough for beginners to follow but others do need experience.

A number of the designs were inspired by beaded bags from the 1920's - this era was the heyday for all things beaded in fashion and accessories. The Art Deco evening bag by Robyn Lakeman below is an elegant example.  This is a loom beaded project.

The Barbara drawstring bag below is a bead crochet design by Sheilah Cleary. She was inspired by an antique bag found in Southern California.

Some of my favorite projects from the book were the easiest to do.  The Don't Bug Me bag by Pat Mayer is inspirational. She used a printed tapestry weight fabric and surface embellished the design with beads!

Peyote fans will love this gorgeous Metamorphosis evening clutch by Judi Wood.

There were also a number of Native American inspired amulet designs. The Southern Plains Strike-a-Light Pouch design by David Dean is shown below.  Such pouches were used by Native women to carry the tools - including fire making ones - she needed for her daily chores.

Emese's Bag by Robin Atkins is a richly bead embroidered one. It is a small one designed to carry coins, jewelry, maybe credit cards etc.  Useful for when you need to travel light!

The Off to Market bag by Jamie Hogsett  is a stunning knitted creation using cotton and ribbon yarns teamed with resin beads. This was the largest bag in the book at 9.5 " x 15 ", not counting the handles.

The book showcases the work of some highly creative artists.  It is an inspirational book especially for those who love both beads AND bags.  One cannot have too many bags.


If you'd like to win a copy of Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags 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.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Thursday, November 26, 2015 . 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!

I receive books and products for review.  I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links.   The opinions expressed are solely my own.  They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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  1. What a beautiful collection of beaded bags! I would love to have a copy to try some of these designs.

  2. Oh those beaded bags look amazing!! Nothing like jazzing up a plain outfit with some beaded bling-my nana made me a beaded bag once and I have always wanted to learn how to do the same, this would be fabulous! Blog follower & subscriber, can be reached at

  3. This book looks great I have been intrigued by these type of bags since forever and would love to have this book to learn how to make them. To whomever wins this, best of luck.

  4. Would love to win, looks like a great book

  5. Thank you for this giveaway ! I particularly like the bead-embroidered bags.

  6. Hey Pearl, Oh how fun!! Love the lady bugs. Okay I'll admit they are all amazing! Definitely going on my Amazon wish list! Thanks for the chance. Fan for life! Shared on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and G+ Love ya' Patricia B

  7. Looks like an amazing book.

  8. I really enjoy the little bags. A perfect vacation project!

  9. Oh I love that metamorphosis bag with the caterpillar clasp. What beauty in all those little beady things! If only I had the book then maybe I could...
    Pearl, I look forward to your posts every morning and I learn something every day. Thank you.

  10. Wow - aren't they beautiful!!

    I think something like this appeals to nearly every woman. Not only are they gorgeous but they touch that romantic part of us and the slightly fussy part of us as well.

    I'd carry one in a heartbeat!!

    This -might- be the type of project that got me beading Pearl!

  11. Going for the book, so many beautiful bags

  12. I have always admired the beaded bags/purses. In fact, so much that I started a beaded purse pinterest board for my inspiration. I would love to undertake such a project. Maybe I would be able to if I won this book for instructions.

  13. I just started bead weaving on a Lacis bead loom and I am really inspired to go on possibly trying my hand at bead weaving a bag. This book looks like it would be a terrific resource! Thanks for sharing :). - Meredith.

  14. I would love to make one of these little gems. Well, I would have a hard time deciding. I would love to own this book. Thanks for the chance to win one free.

  15. I love the bag designs. It would be so much fun to make them. Pick me please!

  16. These are beautiful! Thank you for opportunity,
    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  17. Lovely bags. Just drooling on all those beauties. Would love to win this giveaway .

  18. Love beaded bags. Hope I win.

  19. Wow! Such a variety of beautiful bags to create!
    Tamera Vance

  20. Love to make handbags, and to combine them with beads is the best of both world! I have been enjoying your blog and since subscribing a few months ago. Thanks for the review.

  21. These Beaded Bags are stunning! Reminiscent of the glamour of yesteryear .... timeless beautiful accessories to any attire ... utterly feminine :) Awsome blog Pearl, thank you for sharing. Ayeshe.

  22. These bags are precious gems ! ! I would be so so honoured to receive a book with such luxurious tutorials !! Whooow !! Happy to be able to partecipate at this giveaway ;) THANK YOU Pearl, Love from Italy <3

  23. Since I started doing my beading projects, I have had the interest in making things other than just jewelry. This inspires me so much, seeing all these beautiful creations, and I am going to make a point of getting to know more about it. Thank you for the kick in the pants to get my creative juices flowing!!! Happy Holidays!

  24. Oops! I have no URL or blog and forgot to leave my email addy. I hope this will be found along with my comment. It is Thanks so much!


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