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.


Friday, May 17, 2013

CRYSTAL PLAY Fun and fabulous designs for stitched jewelry by ANNA ELIZABETH DRAEGER

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Anna Elizabeth Draeger is a very well known jewelry designer, former editor for Bead and Button Magazine, and the author of Crystal Brilliance and Great Designs for Shaped Beads. Since 2009, Anna has been an embassador for the Create Your Style with Swarovski Elements Program. Swarovski Elements program is a handpicked worldwide network of artist who are very well known for their design expertise and passion for teaching. Make sure to visit Anna's website originaldesignsbyanna@squarespace.com and check out her well known designs and beautiful wearable jewelry. At the beginning of this book Anna invites you to, "Come Play in My World." Anna truly wants you to relax, be stress free and have fun while learning and creating. Anna offers you alternate design ideas as she did in her first crystal book. You'll find all of Anna's favorite stitches used in this publication such as Cross Weave, St. Petersburg chain, right-angle weave, and peyote stitch just to name a few. Some of the topics Anna covers even before the projects begin are: color choices, crystal shapes and sizes, seedbeads, bugles and cylinders, findings, needles, beading thread, beginning and ending thread, thread tension, stretching and strengthening, and work area. Anna truly and deeply wishes that as you use this book, you will be inspired to try new ideas. Now let the 25 brilliant new designs begin. First you learn how to make perfect beaded beads. What fun this was for me. Then there are projects which cover : cubic right-angle weave, right-angle weave, netting, modified netting, beadweaving, herringbone stitch, peyote stitch, tubular and modified herringbone, St. Petersburg chain, chevron chain, circular peyote stitch, tubular netting, a two-drop peyote stitch,fringe, flat spiral rope and cross weave just to name a few. Each project includes Materials needed, colors, and easy to follow step by step figures. At the end of all the projects you will find a very generous basic review section of this book. This section covers stringing, wire work and bead stitching. But the book doesn't end there. On page 110 you are presented with a bonus of a Swarovski color chart which includes the name and number of each crystal. What an absolute brilliant wealth of information this book holds. This is yet another area of beading I have yet to explore thoroughly. I think now with Anna's help I am brave enough to venture in and get my feet wet as they say. To learn more about Anna and her stunning designs go to: originaldesignsbyanna@squarespace.com or go to www.KalmbachBooks.com You can also call 800-533-6644.


  1. Thanks for the review of this book--I think I need this one!!

  2. I know what you mean I am very glad to have this book in my library. Oh by the way you are so very welcome for the review. I am glad I could help you out a bit...


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