What do you do when you have forgotten how to make a particular beadweaving stitch? I am not a beginner but my memory certainly needs refreshing now and then.  I usually have to either hunt through books or on the internet.

Wouldn't it be useful to have a handbook to refer to?  Just one source to consult should one be stuck.

Turns out there is such a handy guide.  Kalmbach recently sent me Bead Stitching Handbook for review. It is suitable for both novices and more experienced beaders.

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The book is divided into 3 main categories. The first section covers the essentials.  Some useful charts include the seed bead finishes one. See how the semi matte metallic beads defer from the straight metallic ones?

Another chart which I found useful was a simple list of Swarovski crystal sizes. For example, SS19 refers to crystal sizes of 4.4 - 4.6 mm.

I also appreciated the section of needle sizes for particular seed beads. The easiest way to remember is to relate the needle size number to the bead size. So a #10 needle is best suited for 6/0-11/0 seed beads. The number 10 is between that range of seed bead sizes. Neat.

The book also covered the basic tools although they did not include anything about looms. Probably because there are so many on the market and everyone has their own preference and needs.

The middle section of the book covers the basics for 16 stitches plus a section on combinations. A pretty comprehensive approach to all of them especially the ever popular peyote stitch.  Everything from how to do even and odd count, tubular vs circular peyote, shaping and zipping, peyote clasp, diagonal and spiral peyote and 4 bezel shapes for rivolis (round, square, navette (marquise shape),triangular).

Did you know the Cellini spiral (a tubular peyote variation) was developed by Virginia Blakelock and Carol Perrenoud?  I didn't!

The final section of the book is made up of 20 creative projects by different designers. The projects are each based on a particular stitch. Shown below is a selection of my favorites.

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This handy reference book is highly recommended for all beaders. A very useful addition to any beader's library, one which you will use time and time again.


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