Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jean reviews Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, 30 Designs edited by Jean Campbell

This charming book is shaped like a minaudière, or clutch pocketbook. This adds to the flirty fun of the idea of a collection of sumptuous beaded bags. And with Jean Campbell as the editor of these thirty designs for beaded bags, they couldn't be prettier!
As she says, "Page through the beautiful projects and select your perfect bag. You're about to make a stunning fashion statement!"
The thirty projects are all quite different and are offered by a number of wonderful beaders. Jean Campbell herself has designed three bags, and some of your other favorite beaders are represented as well, such as Jamie Hogsett, Dustin Wedekind, and Robin Atkins. There are plenty more too! If you love the unique and like wearable art, this book is going to be a great addition to your library.
Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags, 30 Designs is a blast to own and to learn from.

The opening bag is from the editor, and is titled "Fancy Dress Bag". It is an amulet bag, in the glorious colors of olivine, topaz and spring green with golden freshwater pearls. What a delicious bag to make and to own! It has an air of celebration which the reader will respond to instantly.
Moving to a different style entirely, "Emese's Bag", designed by Robin Atkins, is full-on gorgeous. Very feminine, primarily in pinks and green tones, this bag is made of cloth completely embroidered with beads of all sizes and shapes, including seed beads. bugles beads, drop beads and coin beads. It is encrusted with brilliant color and yet not a heavy looking bag. This is a little treasure of a bag and one anyone would be proud to carry and to have created herself! The inside is lined with a pretty cotton print fabric which goes with the flower garden feel.
Jamie Hogsett's "Off to Market" bag is knit using beautiful cotton and ribbon yarns and "candy-like resin beads". This carrying bag is amazingly pretty in gray-blue and green tones. The reader will be knitting as well as embellishing this stunning piece with gorgeous beads in green, gray-blue, light olive, dark olive, aqua and lavender. It is a slouchy shaped bag with incredible energy and appeal.
The sienna colored "Lotus Bag" by Dustin Wedekind is smashing, using purple/bronze silk fabric and seed beads in metallics, blues and clear colors. This bag is pure prettiness. The lotus pattern beaded on the front of the pouch shaped bag is offered in the book as a transfer so that the reader can recreate the pattern to perfection. This bag has sweet tassels on the closures and trimming the bottom.

No matter what your taste is, you will find a sweet bag to match it in Beadwork Creates Beaded Bags 30 Designs, edited by Jean Campbell. This is a fabulous book not to be overlooked if you love beaded accessories designed by some of the best in the beading arts!  

Interweave/F+W; $16.95

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