More Jewellery in a Jiffy
by Fransie Snyman
Price: ± R157.95
More Jewellery in a Jiffy looks average on the
outside, but is filled with so many beautiful and inspiring ideas that even the
most reluctant crafter might want to give beading a go.
Snyman has this ability to make it seem like anyone can open this book and create
classy and timeless necklaces, or funky and bright earrings and bracelets. It’s
filled with plenty of original and unique designs using pearls, crystals and
you’ve never tried any serious beadwork and feel a bit intimidated by clasps
and crimp beads, this is the perfect book for you. Fransie quickly gets down to
business by outlining the basics. She shows you some of the core beading
techniques, like how to make eyelets and special knots. There are also lists of
tools and beading accessories that you’ll need.
is accompanied by large, labelled photographs. This is a plus for someone like
me who doesn’t know the difference between a slider and a spacer.
has split her projects into categories, so it’s easier to find something
specific. The first project category is “Bracelets”, with eight designs to
choose from. Other categories include “Spacer Savvy”, “Pearls”, “Gemstones”,
“More Gemstones”, “Cluster Earrings”, “Earrings in a Flash”, “Crystals”, and
“Crystal Balls”. All the projects include step-by-step thumbnails and clear
of her pieces can be completed in a few minutes, while others can take up to
two hours, making this book great for the impatient crafter – or someone who
loves getting involved in the task at hand.
you’re a beginner or an advanced beader, you’ll find something suited to you in
this stunning book. With gorgeous photography and such a huge selection of
necklaces, bracelets and earrings to make, More
Jewellery in a Jiffy is definitely a winner.
by Tarryn Henrick
by Metz Press
Knitted Beaded Jewellery
by Ruth Herring
Price: ± R160.00
Just in time for Christmas, Knitted Beaded Jewellery offers you a creative
way of making really special, one-of-a-kind gifts for your nearest and dearest.
Combine your knitting and beading skills to make the daintiest jewellery and
accessories out of wools and cottons; or be a little adventurous and try
working with wire or leather.
The book is divided into four
sections starting with basic, beginner projects using beads and simple
techniques. The projects in the sections that follow increase in difficulty – I
recommend starting with one of the easier projects, like a ring or two, to get
your creative juices flowing.
All in all, there are a choice
of 14 different designs from which to make earrings, necklaces, chokers, wrist-
and anklebands, hairbands, rings and even handbags. It really is up to you how
creative you’d like to be, as the designs are versatile enough to embellish
with as many beads, sequins and sparkly bits as you like. If you’re brave
enough, you could even adapt the techniques to make gorgeous Christmas tree
As someone who is fairly crafty
but inexperienced in this area, I was impressed by the detailed instructions, skill
level indicator, tips and step-by-step photos and captions for each project. I
also found the introductory Materials and
Equipment and Techniques sections
to be very useful. There, the author starts from scratch by teaching you all
about different types of beads, equipment, measurements, abbreviations and
techniques; right down to holding the needles, how to thread wire and how to
finish off your projects – very useful to page back to as you get going.
Reviewed by Cara Visser
Published by New Holland
Knots for Beaded Jewellery
by Susan Millodot
Price: ± R169.95
third book by Susan Millodot, following Chinese
Knots for Beaded Jewellery
Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery, this
book once again encompasses the passion of jewellery crafting with
the intricacies of knot work in a range of projects to delight those
who love to make their own jewellery.
book offers crafters helpful sections on the various types of knots
used in knot work, as well as the tools needed to attempt the
projects, and the types of cord used in each. There is even a section
on how to dye your own cord, for those adventurous enough to try it
by following the instructions given in a simple step-by-step format.
The projects in the book are amazing, and when finished would make
eye-catching additions to anyone’s jewellery collection. The
photographic instructions accompanying each project are fantastic,
and leave no doubt as to how to complete the step being taught. This
book makes knot work possible for a very beginner crafter, and with a
little patience the knot work becomes quite addictive!
amazing book with beautiful projects in it, and a definite must have
for crafters wanting to learn something different and unique.
Reviewed by Lauren Inggs
Published by Metz Press
Dare to Bead
by Heather Laithwaite
Price: ± R150.00
If the colours and shapes of beautiful beaded objects delight you, but the words "bugles",
"Nymo", "thread zapper" and "spiral rope" sound suspiciously like Greek to you, then get your
hands on this colourful, informative book and start beading right away.
Heather's love for colour is evident throughout the pages, as is her creative skill. The
book is designed to be worked through from start to finish - each project adds a new skill
to your repertoire, and builds on those that precede it. Don't worry about getting lost in
complicated patterns and instructions - everything you need to know is explained in plain,
simple language, and you'll be reading patterns like a pro in no time.
The illustrations and photographs are well thought-out and really do complement the text
instructions, making them extremely easy to follow.
All in all, Dare to Bead is a really good introduction to beading, and for those
who've already done a few classes, this is a good way to consolidate your knowledge and learn
a few new techniques, such as tassels, spiral rope, brick stitch and peyote stitch.
Reviewed by Kerry-Anne Gilowey
Also available in Afrikaans as Waag met Krale.