Hello: My name is Jacqueline Marchant. I am a Jewelry designer /creator and book reviewer for some very famous crafting publishing companies. When you check out my book reviews you will learn who they are. In these reviews you will receive loads of information and my feelings about the publication. I have learned an extraodinary amount about all the many facets and mediums in designing and creating jewelry from these books and I am over the moon that I have them to refer to , they have been a god send to me. IN THIS BLOG YOU WILL FIND TONS OF INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS I HAVE FOUND IN MY SEARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE,THESE VIDEOS HAVE BEEN GRACIOUSLY SUPPLIED ONLINE FOR US ALL TO LEARN FROM BY SOME VERY TALENTED, BRILLIANT ARTIST. i HAVE LEARNED FROM THESE VARIOUS VIDEOS FROM YOU TUBE AND OTHER PLACES ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB AND PLACE THEM ON MY BLOG SO I CAN READLY REFER TO THEM FROM TIME TO TIME AND I HOPE YOU FIND THEM HELPFUL ALSO, I HOPE TO ONE DAY BE AS BRILLIANT AS THESE VIDEO TEACHERS.To learn more from these various artist just click on title of videos to link to all their other tutorials...thank you ... YOU WILL ALSO SEE SOME PICS OF MY WORK, AND SOME OF MY ADVENTURES. I ALSO LIKE INCLUDING OTHER ARTISANS SITES FOR YOU TO EXPLORE. I FIND THE MORE YOU EXPLORE THE MORE YOU LEARN AND BY DOING THIS YOU GET INSPIRATION TO CREATE YOUR VERY OWN ONE OF A KIND MASTERPIECE. HOPE YOU ENJOY MY BLOG AND COME BACK AGAIN . WHILE HERE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JOIN MY BLOG.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

I CAN HERRINGBONE by Melissa Grakowsky

I CAN HERRINGBONE: From basic stitch to advanced techniques, a comprehensive workbook for beaders by Melissa Grakowsky Published by Lark Crafts an Imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., This 128 page paperback has 26 Jewelry projects with 360 Illustrations. Melissa Grakowsky has won numerous prizes for her Jewelry designs and her beaded Masks. Some of the contest she won are: Grand Prize in the Fire Mountain Gems and Beads 2010 polymer clay contest, Bead Star's 2010 top prize in glass beads, and third place in the 2009 Bead Dreams Objects and accessories category. Melissa also regularly teaches workshops Nationally and Internationally and loves to share with and learn from students. In Chapter one of Melissa's meticulously laid out book you get the lowdown on all the materials and tools needed to complete the 26 projects. In chapter two you will discover the flat herringbone stitch and the ladder stitch which is a companion stitch to herringbone. This chapter is also accompanied with a terminology chart which is a major plus in my book. The projects also begin in this chapter. In the chapters that follow this chapter you will learn different variations of the herringbone stitch and each variation is accompanied by projects. Then in Chapter Six Melissa will show you how to capture stones in your beadwork. She does this by using three different methods of using stones as focal points. On pages 120-124 you are treated to a gallery of Jewelry created by various artist. On Page 125 You will see a gallery of a couple of Melissa's Creations. On page 126 you get the appendix , a list of seed beads used in the projects in this book just in case you want to replicate a project. Page 127: acknowledgement and a write up on author. Page 128: the index. This spectacular beading publication is full of gorgeous projects with easy to follow written instructions accompanied by 360 easy to follow Illustrations. If you are an avid Herringbone artist you will want this book for the various projects. If you are a beginner you will want this book for the instructions and lessons you can learn on Herringbone stitching. I personally am thrilled this book is a part of my library. Thank you to all involved in this publication being written and published. Please enjoy the pictures that follow this review.


  1. I love your handmade beaded work. your jewellery designs are stunning and I love the vintage feel you have with the unique designs. You should be very proud of them

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