At last all the waiting and tinkering and discussion and correction is over, and my book is complete! Here is a very happy yours truly with the first preview copy from the publishers – I was literally dancing around the kitchen with excitement. It’s one thing to have pdfs and printouts with lots of sticky notes and red ink scribbles on them… it’s quite another to have the actual book with the full-sized, high-resolution images!
Talking of which… here, have a sneak preview of a couple of projects.
Randomness is something I just can’t resist so there is quite a lot of it in my book. Ditto lime green. And labradorite. Also lampwork… this ‘Highland Heather’ bracelet trio combines all these favourite things! The pebble beads are by Julia at Pandanimal Lampwork Glass.
The gorgeous photos (copyright Quarto plc) are by Phil Wilkins – aka the most patient and perfectionist photographer in the history of the world in space – and the book’s accessible, bright, visually appealing design (and I’m not just saying that because I’m biased, I’m saying that because it’s true!) is by Karin Skanberg. Hard to believe we did most of the photography shoots right here on my kitchen table!
I managed to feature ‘lampies’ and handmade components by over 20 independent makers while ensuring that the designs incorporated lots of ‘standard’ bead types so they could easily be adapted or replicated. The introductory section has a gorgeous double page spread of just BEADS… I’m hoping the book will inspire not only those who love beautiful beads but those who have never beaded before. And I’m really hoping to see lots of new creations from lots of beaders once the book is finally published!
The UK edition (pictured above) is published by Search Press and should be available in early December. You can preorder it here.
The US edition has a very different cover and is published by Kalmbach – it should be available in your local bead store very soon!
If you want a sneaky peek inside, click the ‘Look inside’ link here and you’ll see the introductory sections and the first couple of projects. Do let me know what you think!