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cover art of Making Wire Jewelry and Contemporary Cube Bead DesignsKalmbach Books is giving you a chance to win a copy of two of their exciting new titles: Contemporary Cube Bead Designs by Virginia Jensen and The Absolute Beginners Guide: Making Wire Jewelry from Martine Callaghan!

Contemporary Cube Bead Designs will teach you ladder stitch, herringbone, step stitch, and other stitches with 29 fun projects. Working with flat beads, many of these projects have a smooth, supple texture. Mixing other bead shapes into the projects, Virginia creates interesting three-dimensional pieces that have a less rhythmic texture but lots of visual appeal. Master these techniques with Virginia and you’ll be crafting really exquisite finished pieces like the ones featured in this book, too.

Making Wire Jewelry from Kalmbach’s Absolute Beginners Guide series will have you creating gorgeous wire jewelry in a jiffy. This book truly tells you everything you need to know to get started! With 29 detailed projects and ideas for variations, there’s no end to the creative places Martine can guide you as you begin working with wire.

To enter for a chance to win both fabulous books, leave a comment telling me your favorite Kalmbach Book titles. The giveaway ends April 22, 2012. Sorry, this giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.

By Stacie Hooder

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60 Comments so far

  1. Lisa M on April 9, 2012 5:23 pm

    I love their Year in Earrings book, so much inspiration! Also the same can be said for Inspired Wire. I am just getting addicted to making wire jewelry so this would be great to win! Thanks for the chance

  2. Kristi C. on April 9, 2012 5:24 pm

    I’m new to Kalmbach Book’s but these look great!

  3. Kelly on April 9, 2012 8:45 pm

    I wasn’t familiar with their books but I have read their magazines. These books look great though!

  4. zeena fruchter on April 10, 2012 3:11 am

    my favorite books are your creative beading collections, which have so many designs and ideas that they keep me busy for months on end.

  5. Carolyn Kotlas on April 10, 2012 4:16 am

    I like their books on seed beading projects. I’m hoping to branch out into wire projects and this new book would be great.

  6. Karey on April 10, 2012 4:35 am

    I like the Show your Colors book!

  7. Cathy H. on April 10, 2012 5:08 am

    I love “Jewelry designs from nature”, “Chic and easy beading” series of books, “beautiful wire jewelry for beaders” – all of which I have. Would love more inspiration! Great books!

  8. Mandy L. on April 10, 2012 5:58 am

    I am new to their books, but these look amazing!

  9. red carousel lion on April 10, 2012 6:31 am

    my favorite book from them is Crystal Brilliance

  10. Luanne Kleiman on April 10, 2012 6:41 am

    The Creative Beading Series are great!

  11. Sandra on April 10, 2012 7:50 am

    This is the first I’ve seen these book. I’m just thinking about getting back into making jewelry and with these two books I feel I could get a great start.

  12. DeeAnn S on April 10, 2012 8:00 am

    I like The Absolute Beginners Guide: Making Metal Clay Jewelry and The Big Book of Beading Patterns. Thanks.

  13. Yvonne George on April 10, 2012 8:25 am

    MIXED METAL MANIA is by far one of their best books! It takes you to new places in metal and the information is easily understood. Have others but that one stays on the top of the stack!

    Great idea!

  14. Sahily on April 10, 2012 10:14 am

    I never have been able to buy one but their projects are great! Thanks.

  15. Dennis on April 10, 2012 10:21 am

    Hi, I have a few of their books and the two that come to mind are the ones I just bought, Herringbone and The Venetian Glass Bead so these would really go with the books I already have. They are the books to go to if you want to learn any new craft or just to keep up to date. Thank you for offering these books for a giveaway. I hope I win.

  16. CathyM on April 10, 2012 10:33 am

    I’m new to this publisher, but I’m interested in their crafts books in general, specifically the jewelry and cardmaking titles. Stamped and Beaded Cards looks interesting! It would be fun to throw some wirewriting on a card, too.

  17. Jann C. on April 10, 2012 10:36 am

    I love the beadweaving and bead embroidery books! Great selection of artists, styles, and projects!

  18. Hannah on April 10, 2012 10:41 am

    I have never read one of their books before, but they look really fun!

  19. Judy H on April 10, 2012 11:28 am

    When I started making jewelry I found the market in dire need of some comprehensive beginner books. I’m very curious to see how well this book would help a beginner! I just started doind seed bead designs and love cube beads. Hope I win!

  20. Colleen on April 10, 2012 12:24 pm

    I have just recently started adding wire to my bead jewelry. I am obsessed. Lot’s of fun and design possibilities!

  21. Mary Mac on April 10, 2012 2:07 pm

    I like the wire books and my favorite is Jewelry for the new Romantic.

  22. Debbie on April 10, 2012 3:26 pm

    I love Inspired Wire and the Earrings book. I would love to add these to my collection. Thank you.

  23. MelodyJ on April 10, 2012 4:16 pm

    I like the show your colors book.


  24. Marianne on April 10, 2012 11:11 pm

    I have many and I couldn’t choose. Have many, many mags too. You can tell which are books from you because they are loaded with colored flags for reference and inspiration. Love you guys. So bring it on..

  25. CathyH on April 11, 2012 9:00 am

    These books look awesome. Kalmback Publishing has great books, the beginners book on metal clay looks like fun.

  26. Deanna Bures on April 11, 2012 7:30 pm

    I am a beginner so the Beginner Guide to Making Wire Jewelry sounds like a wonderful book.

  27. Vici on April 11, 2012 9:05 pm

    I’m new to their books, but the wire jewelry one looks awesome!

  28. Josanne on April 12, 2012 7:45 am

    I’m also new to their books, but that wire jewelry looks like my kind of stuff

  29. Debbie Smith on April 12, 2012 11:32 am

    Hi this looks like a wonderful give away. I am not familiar with this publisher, but am excited to try wire jewelery making. Thanks for offering the books.

  30. Laurie Franklin on April 12, 2012 7:32 pm

    I like the Creative Beading books. I love new beading ideas. The cube bead book looks fabulous!

  31. Nan on April 13, 2012 8:13 pm

    My two absolute favorites
    Soldering Made Simple now available with DVD- must have for anyone who wants to solder. I was soldering before I got the book and DVD but if I had had it when I began a few months ago the learning curve would not have been so steep. I keep this book close and before I solder a new design always refresh my memory!
    Spotlight On Wire- I just got a month or so ago. I love this book. I make my own patterns for my rolling mill and this book caught my interest immediately.
    One of the things I Love about the book and author is all the alternatives she offers so anyone can make the designs using household tools. The directions are easy to follow with a lot of pictures and as mentioned alternative ways and ideas for the projects. If you like patterned metal..this s a book you will love.

  32. Nan on April 13, 2012 8:14 pm

    Mixed Metal Mania us another fav.

  33. Ginger B. on April 14, 2012 7:04 am

    I’d love to win these books. I was surprised to realized I that I only own one of their books. Endless Sparkle is full of quick easy projects with crystals. I’ve borrowed a few more from the library and I’m really looking forward to Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup book this fall.

  34. Shaiha on April 18, 2012 2:27 pm

    I love their creative beading series as well subscribing to BeadStyle magazine.

  35. Jessica P on April 18, 2012 7:51 pm

    I love the “Creative Beading” series books- not sure I have a specific fav

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  37. Kristi on April 19, 2012 6:03 am

    Love Bead Style Mag, Love the year in earrings book…And more of their books on my wish list…

  38. Michele G. on April 19, 2012 6:09 am

    I like “Get Started with Wire Jewelry”!

  39. Linda Rose on April 19, 2012 7:33 am

    I have just started learning how to make some jewelry and found it really fun. Would love this to see how much more fun I can have

  40. martha on April 19, 2012 12:59 pm

    too many to choose from maybe the year in earrings book

  41. Mindy Radojcsics on April 19, 2012 5:07 pm

    I’m new to jewelry making. I have just started trying to do some wire wrapping and I am having so much fun. I don’t have any jewelry making books yet, so I would love to start a collection.

  42. Kathleen K on April 19, 2012 5:50 pm

    I think my favorite is The Big Book of Beading Patterns: For Peyote Stitch, Square Stitch, Brick Stitch, and Loomwork Designs. There are so many patterns in it that I want to do that I could do them for a couple of years and still not be finished!

  43. Lara Hanson on April 20, 2012 12:28 am

    I would love to win. I have not done any jewelry in awhile I need some inspiration.

  44. Jaan on April 20, 2012 1:22 am

    Love ‘THE VENETIAN GLASS BEAD’ book. Always been crazy for beads. Would love to win both of these books, love working with beads, and anything to do with herringbone design.

  45. Crystal on April 20, 2012 1:27 am

    The Polymer Clay Basics – PLUS How to Make a Heirloom Pendant is a interesting and fun sounding DVD

  46. Beverly on April 20, 2012 1:42 am

    So many lovely one that it’s hard to pick a favorite.

  47. Barb on April 20, 2012 2:50 am

    I like their beading books.

  48. Tamara on April 20, 2012 6:40 am

    I’m new to Kalmbach Book’s but these look awesome.

  49. Rita Barriga on April 20, 2012 7:33 am

    I’m new to the Kalmbach book’s but I know love looking at them for hours.

  50. Aprile M. on April 20, 2012 7:35 am

    My favorite books from Kalmbach are Wire Jewelry and Discover Beading.

  51. Sandra on April 20, 2012 10:47 am

    Would so love these books! I’m just getting back into jewelry making and this would be a perfect place to start!

  52. Norma on April 20, 2012 11:33 am

    Awesome site!

  53. Sue on April 20, 2012 4:28 pm

    I couldn’t possible choose a favorite book! I love many books! I think the cube bead book in this giveaway might just be my next favorite!

  54. Misti on April 20, 2012 7:33 pm

    Im just getting started in wire and would adore that wire book! ok I would love them both lol Im a jewelry making addict :D

  55. Garnie on April 20, 2012 9:07 pm

    I love the Stitch Workshop Series and Creative Beading books. Besides Kumihimo, my love for beads started with buying a pair of beaded earrings, taking them apart and weaving them back together again. If I had had one of these books, it would have saved me a lot to time.

  56. Connie on April 21, 2012 12:07 pm

    The cube bead design book looks interesting. I would also love to have the herringbone stitch book.

  57. Nan Jacobson on April 22, 2012 8:31 am

    I’m new to your site. Love these books and your site. Many great ideas.
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I’ll be back!

  58. Linda Celeste on April 22, 2012 9:08 am

    “Seed Beads” and “More Seed Beads” have been my seed bead bibles for the past couple years. You can’t beat Beth Stone’s creativity, clear and concise directions and the photos are incredibly helpful. In fact, I just finished one of the projects in “More Seed Beads” last night. Yea for me!!

  59. Kim Reid on April 22, 2012 8:27 pm

    Kalmbach books are new to me, I would love a chance to win!

  60. Stacie Hooder on April 25, 2012 5:43 pm

    Congratulations Kathleen! You are the winner!

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