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Knit and crochet with beads
Chin, Lily M.
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Publication Information:
Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, [2004]

Physical Description:
ix, 150 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes bibliograhy and index.
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TT860 .C49 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Handknitting and crochet are taken to a whole new level with the fashion-savvy designs provided in this book. Stitch techniques for knitting and crochet include prestrung and hoisted-atop stitches, single- and double-crochet, and half-double crochet. Each technique is then demonstrated with an exciting range of masterful designs that feature a sparkling array of beads strategically nestled among the stitches. Beaded projects are accompanied by easy, step-by-step instructions and illustrations and include Fair Isle and cabled tunic sweaters, a short-sleeve pullover and vest, felted slippers with a beaded-star pattern, and dazzling jewelry. Also shown are ways to mix techniques and add beaded accents to pockets, collars, scarves, socks, vests, and even pillows. Knitters and crocheters of all skill levels will find inspiring projects and a feast of possibilities for one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Everything's coming up beading these days--especially with two veteran artisans intent upon showcasing what can be done with baubles and bugles and all kinds of small stones. Knitting wizard Chin, author of Urban Knitter (2002) and Mosaic Magic (1999), concentrates her third how-to book on the myriad ways to incorporate beads into knit and crochet projects--more than 25, ranging from a bespangled Grace Kelly-style collar to a wondrous Homage to Keith Haring jacket in purple chenille. In essence, she separates the book into techniques, differentiated between three interpretations of beads entangled in yarn: those integrated into the fabric, individual strands with beads woven in, and beads applied onto the finished fabric. Each pattern features at least one color photograph, charts or illustrations, and directions that even a beginner could follow. A bit advanced for the rank novice, yet enticing designs for anyone to try. Glossary, suppliers, and further reading appended. Doelp takes the art of beading quite literally, using as her inspirational springboard the extraordinary, intricate immortelles, or French Victorian beaded mourning wreaths. Giving kudos to her mentor Virginia Nathanson, she briefly covers the history, then expounds on the basics and four techniques (continuous loops, continuous crossover loops, basic frame, and continuous wraparound loops), with accompanying directions. Project number 1, the classic poppy pin, features excellent step-by-step photographs that capture the beading process. From that, readers are encouraged to try the other 29, whether it's a lifelike draping wisteria or a 150 percent fantasy bouquet. New techniques are flagged and explained well, such as outlining and striping; occasional design tips enhance the do-it-yourselfer's pride of accomplishment. Metric conversions and information on contributing designers appended. --Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Well-known knitwear designer and popular teacher Chin (The Urban Knitter) here covers the many ways to knit and crochet with beads: pre-stringing the beads and placing them between stitches, using a separate strand of yarn with beads on it and weaving it through or running it along with the main strand, or sewing or embroidering beads onto the crocheted or knitted fabric. Chin explains true bead knitting, in which a fabric of beads is held together by thread that does not show on the front of the piece. A wide variety of projects illustrates each technique, including a striking Bogus Bohus cardigan, a textured beaded bag, and a filmy mohair stole adorned with 1300 glass seed beads. This book will appeal to intermediate and expert knitters and crocheters, who will find the chapter on designing your own beaded pieces especially useful. By far the best book available on the subject, this is recommended for all but the smallest knitting and crochet collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.