I’m writing a book!
It’s an introduction to stringing and wirework for the adventurous beginner, title to be announced, it’ll be published in January 2016 by Kalmbach in the US and Search Press in the UK.
I’m not allowed to share the actual projects yet but there will be 35 of them,covering a range of styles from simple earrings to complex multi-stranded collars. Techniques will include crimping, pearl knotting, wire wrapping and a tiny bit of bead stitching (because I can’t resist it!) and there will be a wealth of tips on choosing materials, designing, finishing off, and how to handle colour, randomness and asymmetry.
It’s going to be colourful – here are samples from some of the palettes I’m using! The beads may not be exactly the same but the colours will be similar, going through seven beady ‘ecosystems’: ocean, beach, meadow, woodland, forest, mountain and volcano.
The very lovely Land of Odds bead store is sponsoring the book and has supplied a wonderful range of beads for me to play with – sorry, design with – and I will of course be slipping in a few handmade ‘lampies’ alongside them.
The idea is to give you, the reader, a range of skills and a whole stack of ideas to launch you on your own designing pathway… I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Right, back to the bead board, I have three strands of pearls to string…
If you want to keep up with my latest updates, I tend to go to Twitter first, so look out for the tag #lynnsbeadybook – I am allowed to share a few teaser pictures from time to time