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Knitting with beads : 30 beautiful sweaters, scarves, hats & gloves
Davis, Jane, 1959-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Lark books, [2003]

Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Format :


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TT820 .D27 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
TT820 .D27 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Knit one and bead too: these patterns combine two favorite crafts for breathtaking results. Thirty gorgeous projects, shown in color photos and accompanied by charts, offer a variety of styles, colors, and materials. Every design simply begs knitters to try out new techniques. Picture a lacelike scarf knit from angora yarn, accented with delicate crystals. Enjoy an evening out dressed in a black knit camisole, embellished with small metallic beads and shimmery beaded fringe. See how a simple, classic cable hat becomes something special with sparkly beaded details. A beautiful autumn shawl drips with bead fringing, and it's super quick to make. Or jazz up a denim-colored tank top and bag, transform a beret into something oh-so-chic, and dress up a pair of woolen gloves. A basics section details several techniques for incorporating beads into knitting, including embroidery, fringe, and appliqu#65533;.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

A fine purchase for intermediate to advanced knitters looking to try their hand at beading, this collection presents 30 nature-inspired knitting projects, all of which incorporate beads. Each project is presented with a glossy, full-color photograph of the finished product, which could prompt enthusiastic knitters to dash to their nearest craft store for beads, needles and a stash of yarn. However, beading is tricky, and Davis presents a thorough section of tips on achieving success in the craft. She breaks the projects into two main groups: beading as an addition to a finished piece, or beading knitted directly into the project. The former, while attractive, tends to look added-on; most knitters will want to try the latter technique, which creates beaded fabric that can be stunning, as in Davis' Denim Tank Top and her Shawl Collared Tunic. There are faults with the book: photographing the sweaters on models instead of against picturesque chairs would have given a better idea of fit and drape, and a few beginner-level projects would have been welcome for knitters who might want to start the challenging beading on a mindless scarf. Overall, however, Davis' helpful tone and the inspiring photos should help this work find a warm welcome among readers looking to craft holiday gifts or to make something pretty for themselves to brighten up the dark winter months ahead. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Library Journal Review

Davis combines her twin loves of beading and knitting in this book, which expands on the bead-knitting material in her earlier Complete Guide to Beading Techniques. Geared to the intermediate to advanced knitter, this new volume covers six bead-knitting techniques, including three methods for adding beads to finished garments (bead embroidery) and three methods for stringing beads onto yarn and incorporating them directly into the knitted piece. Thirty step-by-step knitting projects give the reader ample opportunity to master bead knitting. Some projects, however, are more effective than others. For example, small seed beads appear lost in a cabled hat, while decorative bead embroidery on a felted 1920s chapeau adds greatly to its charm. Another project, the Autumn Leaves beret, shows bead knitting at its best, with its rich colors and densely beaded surface. Each pattern is graded for degree of difficulty, with most being either on the intermediate or challenging skill level, with a few patterns for beginners thrown in here and there. Large public libraries and academic textile collections will want this one. [A Crafters Choice Book Club selection.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.