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Book Review and Giveaway II : Bead Stitching Handbook


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.

Giveaway 

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.

Email subscribers need to scroll down the post they receive, click on Share Comment and enter your comment. Pick Name/URL. If you don't have a store or blog, leave the URL blank.

This giveaway is for US and Canada only.

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. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

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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47 comments:

  1. Wow this book sounds amazing! I would love to win a copy, thank you for having this giveaway!

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  2. Would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  3. This looks like a great resource. Thanks Pearl! -Shirley

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  4. This is truly a life- and time- saver. I'm so glad I'm not the only one that has to madly turn to the back pages of a magazine to refresh myself on a particular stitch that I may not have done in a while.

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  5. Fabulous! I am always looking for a YouTube video for how to do this or that stitch. How wonderful it would be to have this handy resource at my fingertips!
    Katrina Peebles
    Blog subscriber and FB follower
    Katrina@katrinapeebles.com

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  6. Sounds like something I could use.

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  7. I haven't met a stitch I didn't like! but, i can't always remember how to do them... this would be a timesaver. Thank you for your generosity!
    callyross.65737@gmail.com

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  8. Please sign me up. As always I am a faithful reader of the blog.

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  9. Please enter me! I keep looking at the lovely beading patterns in Etsy tutorials but I've never beaded before and a reference book would be a great way to start and build confidence. :)

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  10. I am just trying to get back into beading after years of not doing any and having this book with all the info in one place would be so great.
    Emily d6e5lbz@gmail.com

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  11. Sounds very useful. I always have to have a refresher when I do a stitch I haven't done in a while.
    Droxanne Barrett
    ladystormcloud1999@gmail.com

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  12. This would be so amazing to win! I have paged through this book at the store several times and it has been on my wishlist for some time. This is such an awesome giveaway! Thank you! :)

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  13. I would love to win this! I have paged through this book at the store several times and it has been on my wishlist for some time! This would be so awesome to win! Thank you for doing this amazing giveaway! :) :)

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  14. Thanks for another interesting and useful giveaway, Pearl. And as always, thanks for your daily blog - I enjoy it every day. Rochelleth rochelleth@hvc.rr.com

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  15. Learning is important and a constant.

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  16. i love books like this. There are so many stitches and so many beads sometimes it feels like your head will explode! Would be great to have the information all at your fingertips. Marianne silbax25@gmail.com

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  17. Another great giveaway! I'm a recent beader and a how to manual would be great to have. Thanks for the hard work you put into your blog - it's really inspiring! Sue Duffy
    susanduffy@hotmail.com

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  18. thank you for the opportunity winning this book. I am new at this have picked up a lot watching different tutorials im' still stuck on a lot of things this would tremendously help me. I am disabled so I get to sit home and do this all day and I totally love it makes my day pass by so much faster. Thank you again for the opportunity for you have a blessed day. Bonnie Bradley.

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  19. This book sounds fabulous and like it would be an excellent resource. I am a relatively new beader and I think it would be
    so helpful. tobie dot lurie at gmail dot com

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  20. Looks like an amazing book--something I could really use! Thanks for hosting this fabulous giveaway!! :)

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  21. Another fabulous giveaway. I'd love to have it, but I'm sure whoever gets it will make good use of it. Thank you Pearl for all you do.

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  22. What an indispensable addition to any beader's reference library! Thanks so much for another wonderful giveaway, Miss Pearl!

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  23. This is a reference book everyone should have in their library. I would love to own this. So many stitches and beads and designs out there that this would be a very useful book. Thank you for the opportunity.
    BeaderJean@aol.com

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  24. What a great resource. I would happily give it a good home. Thanks for all these wonderful giveaways.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  25. would love to win!! blvelier@gmail.com

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  26. I love that it gives the A to Z's of weaving with beads. I have a ton of the newer small beads just waiting for this book. I don't even know where to start, but the beads were so cool that I had to get some. I could really use this book to help me learn and design some creative eye-candy.

    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  27. Vallie Hassett Pringle, valindigo@gmail.com ,I want to first say that I look forward to reading Beading Gem's email. I have learned so much. Thank you!

    I have done a little bit of beading without any references except YouTube videos which have been great. I think that this book would be a great help to have in my library.

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  28. This sounds like a wonderful resource for anyone. Thanks so much for offering the giveaway. I hope I am the winner!

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  29. I'm in a beadweaving group and we would really benefit from this!

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  30. This book looks and sounds AWESOME thanks for the chance to win it!
    sally0630@yahoo.com

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  31. Im an email subscriber
    sally0630@yahoo.com
    pinterest.com/sally0630

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  32. Thank you for hosting another wonderful giveaway!
    This book would be a welcome resource on my bookshelf.


    blog subscriber, shared on twitter and pinterest
    email: msd.katz@hotmail.com

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  33. This book is just in time for the fall. I would love to add this to my library.

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  34. I am just starting out as beader and I love it but I am just learning the stitches..This book would be the perfect book for me to learn. thank you for the chance to win this book

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  35. A book to remind me of stitches I have learned and not need to search how to do the twisted herringbone stitch after not making one in a few years- and all the stitches I never learned. Sounds very helpful.

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  36. I've wondered if there was a collection out there of stitches to help with beading. I found beading about a year ago and now wonder how did I let this pass me by for so long. This book would help me as learn to create my own pieces. It's not easy figuring out how to get the look I see in my mind's eye. This would help enormously! maggiehall@hotmail.com

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  37. Sent out a tweet about it... https://twitter.com/CatChick64
    maggiehall@hotmail.com

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  38. Shared to Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/48695239708118434/
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  39. Shared on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaggieHall1964
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  40. Thank you so much for such a wonderful giveaway. It would be great to have all the information on beads, needles, stitches concisely in one place , so there is more time to bead. The diagrams look easy to follow, and I would love to win this one. Faithful Facebook and blog follower, tigers628@hotmail.com

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  41. Giveaway is a great idea but I have a question. If you enter with an email account is your address going to be visible to everyone.

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    1. Sure. My email is visible on my site and I use spam filters on my email account. If you are concerned, link to an online presence or write out the email as for example, name (at) email dot com - to thwart bot readers. Otherwise, trying to notify a winner becomes difficult. Many winners never responded to my announcement posts so they forfeited their prizes as I had to redraw.

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  42. What a fantastic book! I have been beading for several years now, but want to continue to learn new skills and polish the ones I already have. It is an amazing resource for all the little refined bits of information that will help me to continue to improve the items I create. Beading has become my passion!

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  43. Wow! This sounds like just the beading reference book I need. I'd love to win a copy. Prydeebie@gmail.com

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  44. I think this would be really helpful in my beading adventures. Thank you.
    Rosalie
    rwrw@comcast.net

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