Beading is one of the easiest and most popular of all crafts. A 2006 survey in Craftrends showed that 42 percent of all crafters now purchase beads annually. Beading is especially hot with under-35ers who can’t resist the opportunity to create their own cheap and fashionably funky handcrafted jewelry pieces.
In I Love Beading, Juju Vail teaches all the beading basics, from choosing beads, stringing supplies, closures, and jump rings to cutting and working with wire. Those new to the craft will learn a variety of beading stitches from the peyote to the daisy chain; embellishments such as fancy knots and beadweaving; and fun touches such as making tassels and adding beads to buttons, curtains, and clothing. The 25 original projects range from a spiral chain bracelet, earrings, and multistrand necklaces to a woven beaded purse and a sophisticated choker. Each comes with step-bystep instructions, illustrations, and photographs. Perfect for beginners as well as more experienced beaders looking for new ideas, the fi nished projects in I Love Beading will all make great gifts—as will the book itself.