My Top Five Picks for Favorite Glass Bead Books

The other night, I had a dream that I was browsing through a table of Czech glass beads, and they were all on sale for half off their marked price. Imagine how disappointed I was when I woke up, only to discover that there were no new beads in my stash!

It's not like I don't already have bags and drawers full of gorgeous glass beads. In fact, I'm still sorting through some of the glass beads I bought back in February at the Tucson gem and mineral shows! But I'm a firm believer that a girl (or a guy) can never have too many glass beads, especially with all the great beading books out there that are full of beading projects for using your glass beads. Here are my top five picks for my favorite beading books that show you what to do with all of those lovely glass beads!

This was one of my first purchases from the Interweave Hurt Book Sale several years ago, and it's become one of my essential reference books for beading. Create Jewelry: Glass by Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett is one of those books that I look at again and again when I'm looking for new ideas for using my glass beads. Whether you like to stitch or string, you'll find fabulous beading projects for using all sorts of glass beads!

Get beaded jewelry design ideas and advice right from the source: Designing Jewelry with Glass Beads by Stephanie Sersich offers up a fabulous variety of jewelry making techniques including knotting, stringing, and simple wire work for all your favorite glass beads. Glass beads are extremely versatile jewelry making components, so why not learn a new jewelry making technique to showcase your favorite glass beads?

We all know how relaxing and meditative the act of stringing and stitching glass beads can be. Beading for the Soul by Deborah Cannarella is a wonderful compilation of beading projects for your spiritual side and includes projects by designers like Laura McCabe, Robin Atkins, Helen Banes, and Diane Fitzgerald. Use your glass beads to explore your spirituality with one of these wonderful beading projects!

If you want great ideas for how to use your glass beads in both jewelry and home decor projects, then you need to get your hands on a copy of Beader's Stash: Designs from America's Favorite Bead Shops. You'll be delighted with the array of beading projects and design ideas using all those glass beads you can find at your favorite local bead shop!
If hearing the words "modern jewelry" make you cringe, you need to take a look at Danielle Fox's Simply Modern Jewelry. These modern jewelry designs are simple, elegant, and easy to wear! Use your favorite glass beads and find new ideas for mixing them with gemstones, metals, and more!

Wait…did I say five favorite picks for glass bead books? Let's add one more: Kerry Bogert's Totally Twisted: Innovative Wirework & Art Glass Jewelry. Kerry's fresh designs and wire work techniques will have you making jewelry with your glass beads that's worth a second look, even if you've never worked with wire before!

Ready to dive into your glass bead collection? The best part is that all of these books are on sale in the Interweave Hurt Book Sale, going on until June 12, 2012! You'll save big money when you stock up on your favorite Interweave titles, which leaves you more for buying new glass beads! (Didn't I tell you that I love a bargain?)

What are your favorite glass beading books? Share your favorite titles by leaving a comment on this blog!

Bead Happy,


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