Beguiled Into Beading

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

Beguiled Into Beading

When my Dad passed away a few years ago, I was devastated with grief, and driven from home by engulfing memories.  So after work, I began to wander the malls, the stores, the theaters…. I happened on a craft store that held my interest for a while. Browsing around, I noticed classes of all kinds were being offered, and, to while away the hours, signed up for a two-hour class on beading that was starting just then.

And that has made all the difference!

I find this kaleidoscopic world of colors and shapes and sizes and textures absolutely fascinating.  Putting them together transports one into wondrous worlds of creativity.

Now I could not wait to rush home and start on my beading projects. Many an evening has flown by where I was engrossed up to the wee hours! What can I say? It is like meditation, like going somewhere deep into yourself and bringing out the beauty that lies curled up, waiting to be awakened. 

I found beading buddies along the way, learned of beading events, hosted beading clubs, full of unbelievably generous people who shared their skills, knowledge and techniques.

Youtube has several useful videos you can learn from.  There are many bead suppliers who offer free online tutorials. And there are fabulous shows such as the International Gem And Jewelry Shows that appear in major cities on a regular basis.

Search our catalog using terms such as beading, beading techniques, beadwork, under keyword or subject search.  Most of the beading books would be located in the nonfiction sections 745.58 and 745.59. Listed below are some titles you may want to check out.  

Discover Beading
Compiled by Lesley Weiss
BeadStyle Magazine
Call Number: 745.5942 D6114

Beads: An Exploration of Bead Traditions Around the World
by Coles, Janet
Call Number: 745.582 C693B

Creative Beading: The Best Projects from a Year of Bead & Button Magazine
Bead & Button
Call Number: 745.5942 C912

Easy Beading, Fast, Fashionable, Fun: The Best Projects from the Fourth Year of BeadStyle Magazine
BeadStyle Magazine
Call Number: 745.5942 E139E

A Bead Primer
by Harris, Elizabeth
Call Number: 745.582 H313

Beautiful Beads
by Kidd, Alexandra
Call Number: 745.582 K46

1000 Glass Beads Innovation & Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking
Call Number: 748.8: O585

Complete Beading for Beginners
by Rempel, Karen 1965-
Call Number: 745.582 R389

Beads, the Art of Stringing
by Ragan, Genie
Call Number: 745.582 R141

Simply Sensational Glass Beading

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by Wood, Dorothy 1955-
Call Number: 745.582 W8747