About This Book
Book Title: The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims
Authors: Midori Nishida / CRK Design -- Chiaki Kitaya, Kaoru Emoto, Kuma Imamura, Kumiko Yajima, Noriko Yoshiue, Yasuko Endo
Publisher: Interweave Press
Copyright Date: 2009 - 2010; English edition first published in 2010; the release date is in early 2011.
Format: Trade Paperback
Number of Pages: 88
Cover Price: $17.95 US dollars
Skill Level: No skill level is mentioned, but I'd recommend this book to experienced crocheters. This is not a book for beginners, although it could inspire a beginner to want to learn new skills and aspire to create these designs.
Gorgeous Photography and Graphic Design
This book is a visual treat. Every page is beautiful. It's rare to find a book that's this visually appealing. The photography is outstanding, as are the color choices used throughout. The graphic design is lovely too.
There are 18 different beadwork designs included in this book. Each design can be used in multiple ways, and the book includes many different ideas. You'll find ideas for edging your scarves, trimming your clothing, and dressing up home decor items. There are also Christmas ideas and wedding ideas included.
The beadwork patterns are inspired by simple everyday objects and motifs: stars, flowers, berries, chili peppers, church bells and things like that. Some of the beaded trims are purely decorative and don't resemble any particular object. It's a nice mix of patterns.
By the time I was finished looking through the book, I was feeling so inspired that I grabbed a crochet hook and tried working a few of the patterns.
Then reality set in.
"Fiddly" is a word that comes to mind when describing the patterns in this book. There's no getting around it. If you want to make these projects, you'll be working with tiny beads, fine threads and flosses, and steel crochet hooks. Expect to spend some time on these projects; this is detailed work. If you've never worked patterns like this before, it's probably going to take you some effort to get good results.
The book includes both written instructions and diagrams. The diagrams are crystal clear and easy to understand, which is good because I found the written instructions frustrating to work with. While I was able to decipher them, they do include occasional unfamiliar terms ("ringing the work"? huh?) and quirky spots.
Beadwork Designs on the Book Cover
You know the old cliche: Don't judge a book by its cover.
In this case, you can judge the book by its cover as long as you don't fall in love with the specific beadwork designs pictured on the cover. The instructions for these patterns are not included in the book. The cover photograph is mostly representative of the types of designs you'll find in the book; the actual designs you'll be working are similar to the ones shown on the cover. But please don't buy the book with the expectation that you'll be able to work the exact same patterns shown on the cover.
If you like the butterfly design pictured on the cover, there's a similar butterfly included in the book. At least one of the designs looks as if perhaps it might be tatting, and there are not any tatting patterns included in the book. (It is also possible that it might be made using the cro-tatting technique.)
The Bottom Line
Assuming you have the time and patience to do detail work, and that you'd like to embellish your projects with pretty beaded trims, I'm happy to recommend this book to you. I think it's a good value, and I found it highly inspiring.
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