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Title Author Description
The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving Carol Wilcox Wells This new books is beautiful and filled with gorgeous examples of beadweaving. Of course there are very clear graphics to learn the stitches and other helpful guidelines.
The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration, Contemporary Design Valerie Hector and Lois Sherr Dubin Written by renowned jewelry designer Valerie Hector, this book will introduce you to the quality, diversity, and artistry of both ancient and modern beadwork from around the world. Learn to recognize characteristics such as color, design, and dimension. Includes 24 exquisite projects inspired by museum-quality examples from cultures in four geographic regions: Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas, including beaded necklaces, earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, hair ornaments, and bags.
Basics of Bead Stringing Genevive Bourget This book is the best one for beginning bead stringing. It covers the basics.
Bead and Wire Jewelry Dawn Cusick Jigs, coils, freehand, chains. Specific project instructions showing each technique - a little weak on the very basics, but useful once you have mastered simple loops.
Bead Crochet Ropes Judith Bertoglio-Giffin



A definitive work on how to create slip-stitch bead-crochet ropes for the novice or advanced bead-crocheter. The novice will find precise photographs of how to work a bead-crochet stitch with all of the needed information to begin making ropes. The experienced bead-crocheter will find exciting new patterns and design ideas to challenge their creativity.
Beader's Companion Judith Durant & Jean Campbell Concise, easy-to-use dictionary of beadwork tools and techniques.
The Beader's Guide to Color Margie Deeb From the expert on color, this book introduces you to color theory and will help you choose just the right colors for your next project.
The Beading Answer Book Karen Morris A great resource for the beginning beader, as well as experienced ones.
Beading on a Loom Don Pierce Instructions and tips for bead weaving with examples of work by the author and others. The work is awesome and Don Pierce has a wonderful sense of humor.
Beading with Brick Stitch Diane Fitzgerald Everything you ever wanted to know about brick stitch and more. Very good instructions and diagrams.
Beading with Cabochons: Simple Techniques for Beautiful Jewelry Jamie Cloud Eakin If you like working with cabochons, this is the book for you. The author has several wonderful projects in the book, but more importantly, teaches techniques that you can combine to make your own look.
Beading with Crystals: Beautiful Jewelry, Simple Techniques Katherine Duncan Aimone and Jean Campbell Love those Swarovski crystals? This book will show you may use them in a professional manner.
Beading with Herringbone Stitch Vicki Star A wonderful resource for those beginning with herringbone, as well as those experienced.
Beading with Peyote Stitch Jeannette Cook & Vicki Star Covers all aspects of Peyote with a gallery of work for admiration and inspiration.
Beading with Right Angle Weave Christine Prussing Full of innovative ways to use this versatile stitch. Step by Step Beads magazine
Beadweaving beyond the Basics Kassie Shaw 24 original beading designs using seed beads, crystals, two-hole beads, and more takes an inspirational approach to weaving beaded jewelry, using a combination of traditional and innovative stitches, a variety of bead shapes, and multiple colorways to create a modern jewelry wardrobe. This intermediate book contains 3 chapters, each exploring a different right angle weave variation:
  1. Chapter 1 - Double Diamond Right Angle Weave (DDRAW)
  2. Chapter 2 - Faux Right Angle Weave (FRAW)
  3. Chapter 3 - Layered Right Angle Weave (LRAW).
Comtemporary Beadwork III: Zulu Beaded Chain Techniques Diane Fitzgerald Inexpensive little book in soft cover by expert beader Diane Fitzgerald. Directions for 8 Zulu chains. The chains are made by looping the thread onto another thread between 2 beads.
Creative Bead Jewelry Carol Taylor Basics of stringing, wiring, weaving, looming, and making beads. Inspiring examples and projects by well-known artists.
Creative Beadweaving: Contempory Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches Carol Wilcox Wells Goes beyond jewelry to bowls, baskets, vessels, bags, and 3D figures. Basics of peyote, brick stitch, right-angle weave, square stitch, African helix, netting, and how to combine stitches. Creative projects and great photos of work by well-known designers.
Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork: Dimensional Jewelry with Peyote Stitch Diane Fitzgerald 3D beading techniques
Exotic Beads: 45 Distinctive Beaded Jewelry Designs Sara Withers A very basic how-to book about bead stringing. But, there's lots and lots of inspiration here and the color is just wonderful.
Innovative Beaded Jewelry Techniques Gineke Root Dutch Spirals and similar techniques
Introducing Albion Stitch Heather Kingsley-Heath

Learn this versatile stitch in 20 jewelry projects that feature the hottest bead shapes in Heather's playful, colorful designs.
Patterns & Graphing for Bead Crochet Ropes Judith Bertoglio-Giffin

Learn how to graft your own patterns. This book helps beginners learn about threads, books, and bead crochet techniques. Then the book teaches you how to create your own design.
Peyote at Last! Barbara Grainger This is the one that helps lots of folks "get" peyote stitch.
Peyote Design Techniques Barbara Grainger This book has lots of info on setting up repeats and fitting motifs into a set space.
Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making & Beading Chris Franchetti Michaels If you are one of those beaders that has a hard time learning from a book you might be in luck with this one. The book is full of photographs to show you how to use different beading techniques.