Category: Print Books

Do you enjoy learning new beading techniques? Have you considered print books as a great place to learn?

My own library of beading and jewellery publications has taught me so much over the years. In fact, I learned most of the techniques from these.

You see, you get to learn from some of the world’s best beaders and authors. It’s lovely to have a collection of projects that are built around a theme. So, that could be a technique, or it could be a type of beading project.

Unlike beading patterns, you know that the material in a book has been professionally produced. So, you will get excellent quality photos, diagrams and instructions.

The reason it is valuable to check out some reviews is to find out whether the standard of the projects is suitable for you. So, are these explained in beginner terms, or has the author assumed a lot of prior knowledge?

In each of the reviews below, I have attempted to give you an idea about the projects included in the book. I have also suggested the level of experience for which they would be suitable. If that all sounds good to you, then I have included the full publication information and links to where you can buy them.

If you are an author or publisher and would like to see your print books reviewed on here, then please get in contact. I love to review new beading books and share them with the rest of the beading community.

If you have published an ebook, then I have a separate section in which I review those. So, if you’re looking for ebook reviews, use this link to find them.

Beautiful Beadwork from Nature, Melissa Shippee

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...

Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads, Lori Wenger

Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads

This is both a basic jewelry making book, and a fabulous idea. Aromatherapy Jewelry with Lava Beads teaches you how to make fragranced jewelry. So, for me, this is perfect. I have a few...

Kumihimo Beginner's Guide, Donna McKean-Smith

Kumihimo Beginners Guide

This wonderful Kumihimo beginners guide (or, to give the book it’s proper title:’ A Beginner’s Guide to Kumihimo’) is by Donna McKean Smith. Published by Search press, it will come as no surprise for...

The Big Book of Jewelry Making, Reviewed by Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Big Book of Jewelry Making

The Big Book of Jewelry Making (GMC Press, September 2017) is fantastic if you are one of these people… Someone who enjoys making jewelry Someone who is always on the lookout for great new...

Mastering Wirework Jewelry

Mastering Wirework Jewelry

If you have come across Rachel Norris’ stunning jewellery, then you are in for a treat with this book. ‘Mastering Wirework Jewelry’ teaches you so many wirework techniques and shows you how to make...

Festive Beading Three

Festive Beading Three

It might seem a little strange to publish a book of Christmas decorations in the summer. However, if you are a crafter, you know how much time it takes to make your festive creations....


Soutache by Donatella Ciotti

I can’t remember when I first saw Soutache used with beads, but the idea has always fascinated me. I think it has taken too long for this technique to appear in books. For a...

Keepsake Cards Book, Katie Dean

‘Keepsake Cards’ was published in June 2016 and is a book full of projects and inspiration for making miniature beaded cards to celebrate special occasions. Keepsake Cards Contents Katie takes you through the process...

Diamond Weave

Diamond Weave

Diamond Weave, by Cath Thomas and Gerlinde Lenz introduces a new beading stitch. Diamond Weave at first glance resembles Right Angle Weave, but persevere and follow the instructions and you will soon find that...

Sian's Beaded Needle Cases, book review, Katie Dean, My World of Beads

Sian’s Beaded Needle Cases

Sian Nolan is a well-known beader from the UK. ‘Sian’s Beaded Needle Cases‘ is her first published book, but I hope it won’t be her last. This first edition has been published by the...

Little Bead Boxes, by Julia Pretl

Little Beaded Boxes

Julia Pretl’s book, ‘Little Bead Boxes’ was one of my early beading book purchases and it still remains a book that I love. As you can see from the cover, the little beaded boxes...

let's hubble

Let’s Hubble by Melanie de Miguel

I have known Melanie de Miguel for a few years and known her beautiful beadwork for even longer, so it seemed surprising to me that ‘Let’s Hubble’ is her first beading book. Melanie is...

Bead Metamorphosis by Lisa Kan

Bead Metamorphosis

Bead Metamorphosis by Lisa Kan offers a whole new take on beaded jewelry. In this book you will find Lisa’s usual gorgeously romantic style, but with a new twist. If, like me, you are...

The Art of Bead weaving, Jane Lock

The Art of Bead Weaving

The Art of Bead Weaving by Jane Lock is a beautiful book. It covers all the major bead weaving techniques. The book opens with a handy guide to getting started, talking about how to choose beads and...

The Knotting and Braiding Bible, Dorothy Wood

The Knotting and Braiding Bible

The Knotting and Braiding Bible, by Dorothy Wood, is a great comprehensive guide to making jewellery using various knotting and braiding techniques. The Knotting and Braiding Bible focuses first and foremost on techniques. It...

Beaded Clasps, Katie Dean

Beaded Clasps

Beaded Clasps was my third print book. The idea for the book came from a friend who said she had been searching for a pattern to just make a beaded clasp to finish off...

Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery, Jessica Rose

Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery

Bead and Wire Fashion Jewellery is written by Jessica Rose, the founder of the London Jewellery School. This book starts with an introduction talking about fashion and looking at how to develop a design...

Ultimate Beading Bible

The Ultimate Beading Bible

The Ultimate Beading Bible is a wonderful collection of beading techniques that will make a great addition to any beading library. I should say at the start of this review that you may think...

Setting Up a successful jewellery business, Angie Boothroyd

Setting Up A Successful Jewellery Business

Setting Up A Successful Jewellery Business, by Angie Boothroyd, is an excellent guide if you are just starting up your own beading business. Although aimed at jewellery makers trained in techniques like silver smithing,...

sweet treats

Sweet Treats Book

‘Sweet Treats: a Collection of Designs for Beaded Jewellery and Gifts to Make your Mouth Water’, features 15 designs for making projects based on Twinkies, Donuts, Battenburg Cake, Chocolate Gateau, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate...

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