Over the past few months, members of Operation Tackle That Bead Stash have been working on projects from Beaded Allure by Kelly Wiese. The book contains twenty-five projects, with detailed step-by-step instructions for ten beadweaving techniques - including bezelling and bead embroidery.
I cannot say enough good things about Beaded Allure. Though each of the patterns has been given a difficulty rating, the clear and detailed written instructions, accompanied by excellent photographs of each and every step needed to create each project, make each of the patterns incredibly easy to follow and this is a book that is more than suitable for beginners. It should be an essential!
I haven't had a lot of time to dedicate to beading over the last couple of months so all I have to show is a teeny, tiny pair of earrings - but they are ridiculously romantic! The motifs are an adaptation of the Charming Choker Necklace. Instead of working with 4mm Firepolished Beads and Czech Drops, I had a little rummage around in my bead stash and found some 4mm Round Pearls with matching Pearl Drops. Thankfully, the seed bead count works just as well with a 4mm Round!
I have 'bookmarked' several projects and cannot wait to start on The Cosmic Crystal Necklace as soon as I have gathered all of the components and I am eagerly anticipating Kelly's next book - A Beaded Romance.