Because I sell jewelry and beading tools and supplies in my store Purveyor of All Things Creative, I get a lot of questions from beginners asking "what is the best beginner book out there?" Until now, I really couldn't come up with a title that I could really recommend. And then along comes The Absolute Beginners Guide to Stringing Beaded Jewelry by Karin Buckingham. This book is the perfect introduction for those who want to learn how to string beaded jewelry.
Beginning with a Basics section that covers beads, tools, findings, and your workspace, Karin's book then moves into 35 projects ranging from simple stringing to knotting and connecting beaded segments. The projects are divided into four sections: Stringing, Connecting, Fiber Fun, and Extra Goodies. Don't miss the sidebars because they contain valuable tips and information that will help you become a better jewelry artisan. I especially loved the 10 tips for getting past a creative dead end.
The close up photography, detailed instructions and attractive projects make this the first book I will recommend to beginners who want to learn bead stringing. There is information here, too, that will benefit more advanced beaders who a looking to refine their techniques.