Beautiful Beadwork from Nature


If you are a collector of beading books, then Melissa Shippee’s new title, ‘Beautiful Beadwork from Nature’ is definitely one you’ll want! This is a lovely hardback collection of stunning jewellery designs. And, as you probably guessed, it is all inspired by the natural world. So, let me tell you more about it…

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The projects

Beautiful Beadwork from Nature gives you a collection of 16 projects. Melissa has split these into handy sections:

  • small accessories
  • bracelets
  • necklaces

So, it’s easy to find something to suit your needs. The small accessories cover earrings, a ring, brooch, anklet and hair ornament.

All the projects use basic bead-weaving techniques and work with traditional seed beads. Plus, they range in level from ‘improver’ to advanced. So, this isn’t a book for a complete beginner…unless you’re happy to learn new techniques alongside the projects. But it is perfect for anyone who has done some beading in the past.

Lots of help

Although the book focuses primarily on the projects, Melissa has included plenty of help along the way. So, you get a helpful guide to the tools and materials. Then, a technique reminder. So, if you do need to brush up on any of the techniques before you get started, or revise along the way, this is perfect.

The projects are easy to follow. You get great written instructions and plenty of diagrams to illustrate thread paths.

Plus, each project includes all the information you will need. So, you get a little introduction, full materials list and useful stuff like finished size.

Basically, this is easy to use. So, you’ll have no trouble making these beautiful projects. And Melissa has taken inspiration from nature in all its forms: flowers, sea, landscape, and more.

Where to buy Beautiful Beadwork from Nature

Hopefully I’ve given you plenty of reasons to get your hands on a copy of this lovely book. So, now you just need the information…!

The book is published by Lark. RRP is £25.

ISBN: 9781454710776

You can buy it from the GMC Group website or look out for it on Amazon.


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