|The Basics of Bead Stringing|
I can't get over how long this book, The Basics of Bead Stringing, has been around; even before I started in the bead business over 14 years ago. And it's still a best seller for getting started with beading. That kind of longevity is no accident! Perhaps it's because it really does teach the basics of bead stringing and beading techniques which really haven't changed much in many, many years. It's terrific for starting in bead stringing and bead weaving for beginners and advanced students - just because your proficient in bead stringing doesn't mean you can just jump right into bead weaving.
When I first started out selling beads and bead related items I realized that instructional books were really an important category. After some years I noticed a drop off in book sales and attributed it to videos; but finally figured out that the same books were being sold on Amazon at much lower prices often just a few dollars over my cost - and yes, videos also started to be used much more.
Quality beads and beading supplies are expensive enough and I felt, whether my customer or not, I wanted people to get the most for the bead dollars (which is one reason why I never opened brick-n-mortar as it's increases end prices significantly) since I knew I wasn't going to even try to compete with Amazon's book prices I have no problem sending people to Amazon for beading books.
So why does this particular book, The Basics of Bead Stringing, have such longevity?
If you're a long time bead art jewelry designer and you start flipping through the book you will immediately see how relevant the information still is from the what materials and tools are needed: (Now the plethora of items within each category of items listed is, or can be, overwhelming; and to be honest, especially when starting out will be one of the most confusing things to figure out. But there are, again, a vast amount of resources to help you choose are available and of course The Bead Stylist).
- Nylon bead cord
- Bead tips
- Bead caps
- Thread cutter or Scissors
- Cement Glue or Adhesive
- Chain nose pliers
- Bead Board
Once you learn the basics and start experimenting you will find what works best for you based on what style and techniques you develop while creating your bead art jewelry designs; yet the basics learned in the book are always relevant and makes it much easier to understand other more advanced beading books as you skill level increases.
So for now just relax and enjoy your beading experience and check back for more blog post about beading books and magazines. And check your Local Bead Shop (LBS) for some real hands on experience.