It is not every day you have the chance to get the inside scoop from a master, let alone one who shares your own passion. Diane Fitzgerald is such a worthy mentor for anyone who makes, wears, or simply appreciates the art of beadwork. I encourage you to enjoy her journey with her in her new book from Lark, "Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects."
The appealing variety of styles, techniques and materials on the cover are indicative of the lovely, feminine and colorful projects found inside. Diane's designs are lush with seed beads but she also uses beads in other shapes and materials.
|Variations of designs include these |
juicy versions of the Hard Candy bracelet.
Diane has chosen 24 personal favorite projects to represent her journey (so far!) as a teacher, designer, historian, and ambassador of global bead arts. The delightful introduction by another bead master, Jean Campbell, fills in the storyline about Diane and how she became who she is.
|Diane can be such a romantic. |
The soft fabric used in this
Apple Blossom Necklace proves it.
There is a range of skill levels but truly anyone familiar with beading can make everything in the book. The projects have wonderfully clear illustrations and well written, step by step instructions. The photos are nice and large making it easy to see the beads, read the tutorials, and follow the illustrations.
|Excellent details abound in close up photos.|
There are also tips on using color, improving your technical craft, and inspiration from the four corners of the globe—which, by the way, Diane has visited. She has literally searched the world for inspiration and technique, and has gathered a history of beadwork along the way which is shared in comments scattered through her book.
|Fortune Teller beads predict happy hours with bright colorss.|
You all know I'm a seed bead devotee above most other materials. I have not been around the world but I have been around as an artist, teacher, editor, and beady babe. I know a lot of beady peeps. So, I have high expectations when it comes to inspirational and informative beading books. "Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects" will make your fingers itch to bead!
|Diane's Zipper Bracelet is my personal favorite.|
I love the purple iris cube beads, too!