Beaders everywhere love to try new patterns and tutorials which grab their interest.  But not everyone beads all the time. So remembering how to bead some stitches might be a bit fuzzy.

So a good reference book on hand is a good thing. It saves you having to fire up the computer or turning on your mobile device and spending time to look for a suitable tutorial.

One of the most popular books I ever reviewed (see here) has to be the Bead Stitching Handbook published by Kalmbach Media. New subscribers and readers may have missed it but here is another chance for every one to learn more about this helpful book and perhaps win a copy.

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The book is divided into 3 sections.  Besides the main body of the book which covers the mechanics of each bead stitch (see my previous review), the Basics section has many useful charts and pictures like the one about needles shown below.   Even seasoned beaders will learn a thing or two....and wish they had this book when they were newbies!

There is even a handy chart which gives you size equivalents if you want to opt for thread or cord rather than Fireline. For instance,  6lb Fireline will be equivalent to thread size 00.

I cannot remember the names of some of the newer multi-hole Czech beads - Chexx? Quadralentil? eMMA?  If you are like me, the 3 pages showing different types of beads are so helpful!

The handbook is thorough with its coverage of bead stitches.  For example,  the section on Bead Embroidery, two full pages cover the types of stitches. There is more to this technique than just backstitching and couching!

Some lovely projects are included in the last section of the book. One innovative design is this peyote bracelet with gemstone chips :

I highly recommend getting this reference guide if you are a bead stitcher. New beaders will find their learning curve is less steep plus they will see what else lies in the beading world. Seasoned beaders will find having this guide handy for all kinds of reminders and tips.


If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Bead Stitching Handbook, 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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It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, September 16, 2019. 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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