Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jean reviews Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry, Easy-To-Follow Patterns 25+ Original Projects by Josie Fabre

Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry,
Easy-To-Follow Patterns
25+ Original Projects
by Josie Fabre

On the back cover of this book is a quote from the author, Josie Fabre. She says, "Peyote is so beautiful and versatile, but I am impatient and easily distracted. I kept thinking there had to be a better way, and found that there was. Fast Peyote!!!"--Josie
I love the enthusiasm in this quote, and if you look at the book's cover, you can see that this enthusiasm goes hand in hand with a curiosity and love of beauty which totally rocks. Josie is a scientist who likes to craft and take photos. She offers her patterns, along with some excellent word charts, in this book simply and unaffectedly, yet each of them is a  totally beautiful treasure. The reader will want to take a trip with the author as she explains what Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry is. Hold on tight for a really fun ride!

After the introduction (which explains how the author learned about Fast Stitch Peyote, and employed the concept using her own photographs and multi-drop stitching), there is a section covering the basics.
The projects follow. They are divided into "Natural Wonders", "Wonderful Wings", Wild Side", "Colorful Classics", "Modern Marvels", and "Bonus Projects".
Each one is inspired by photos which the author took around where she lives in California, and during her travels. This adds a great deal to the charm of the book.
At the end of the book is a technique section which explains how to read peyote stitch and fast peyote stitch instructions very clearly. It contains explanations on how to make toggle loops/peyote bars, fringe and draped fringe, how to make a beaded bead, and also has a page on the author's delica seed bead information.
If you, like I, respond to the gorgeous bracelets on the cover, and are also delighted to try a quick method of peyote stitch, which Josie Fabre worked to refine for two years, you are going to love this book. It contains some very pretty pendants and earrings for you REALLY impatient people--you know who you are. Of course they take even less time as they are smaller! You'll want to try them too!
Fast Peyote Stitch Jewelry, Easy-To-Follow Patterns, 25+ Original Projects
by Josie Fabre is a must-have book for bead weavers. It is full of energy, a great love of life, and all around appeal.


Eileen Bergen said...

Wow - there are some beautiful and unique designs there! I especially like the steampunk gears and the butterflies. Something for everyone.

Jean Baldridge Yates said...

I know, Eileen--she is brilliant at what she does! Thanks!