Book Review: Beading VISUAL Quick Tips

343838_cover.inddBeading VISUAL Quick Tips by Chris Franchetti Michaels

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; Spi edition (January 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470343834
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470343838
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Need a little help with your bead working skills?  Have I got the book for you – Beading VISUAL Quick Tips is here to save the day!

    I wish I had had this book when I was learning to make jewelry.  Not only is it full of all kinds of tips & tricks AND its the perfect size. It’s a smaller sized book with a coil wire binding so it can lay flat. That is perfect when you have your hands full of tiny needle, thin thread and beads.  I think ALL jewelry instruction books should be bound this way!

    Author Chris Franchetti Michaels has done a magnificent job with this follow up to her first book “Teach Yourself Visually Jewelry Making & Beading”.   The book has lots of  detailed color photos and concise instructions so you never have to second guess exactly WHERE to put that needle or how to finish off a ribbon necklace.  I think this book is a MUST for anyone who wants to start making jewelry, is a beginner or for more advanced crafters to have for their reference library.

    Chapter 1 is all about beads, beading supplies, tools and jewelry findings. Perfect for the absolute beginner who has no clue about what a  knotting awl or twisted needle wire is, let alone looks like.

    Chapter 2 is covers basic bead stringing techniques. It talks about different grades of jewelry wire, hiding crimps, using headpins and lots more.

    Chapter 3 will have you doing advanced bead stringing. It goes over multiple strands, using end cones, creating beaded laces and fringe and weaving a daisy chain among its projects.

    Chapter 4 is when you start beadweaving with peyote stitch. Chapter 5 is beading with macrame knots and beads. Chapter 6 closes the book with what else? closures! You learn to customize the look of your designs by creating bails, clasps and closures.  There is also an appendix with reference materials so you can quickly look up standard jewelry lengths or beading wire sizes.

    I love this book and you will too. I’ll be giving this book away as well to one lucky Craft Gossip reader – stay tuned!


    1. says

      How do you keep beads from going everywhere? I seem to get beads everywhere but on the string. I’m new to beading so your book would be so helpful I’m sure there is so much to learn I’m just to new to know!