It’s inescapable. The holiday season always brings to mind baubles, bangles and beads. Here are a few books that will keep beaders happily occupied well into the new year:
“Creative Beaded Jewelry” by Sigal Buzaglo presents each project clearly and simply with ample photographs to illustrate techniques. Each project is rated according to level of difficulty. Projects rated easy to intermediate that appealed to me were the Vintage Crystal Bracelet constructed by placing crystal beads on head pins, making a loop, then threading the beads on elastic beading cord; the Be-my-Valentine Bracelet made by stringing beads on stainless steel memory wire; the Innovative Organza Necklace created by threading beads at intervals on organza ribbon; and the Starry Nights Necklace using star-shaped beads strung on nylon-coated stainless steel beading wire.
One of the nice things about this book is it’s designed so the list of materials and tool requirements is all on one page, making it easy to compile a shopping list without guessing or estimating.
The book also contains projects for advanced beaders and for those who like to be challenged.
“Creative Wire Jewelry” by Ariella Nachshon is a “sister” to “Creative Beaded Jewelry,” but instead of beads on strings, this book uses wire as as the basic foundation for each project.
The first 40 pages of the book are devoted to information about tools and techniques the beader will need to know in order to craft the jewelry. Designs I found appealing include the Light Leafy Necklace infused with an airy quality, but made sturdy by the use of 32-gauge wire; the Crafty Crocheted Cuff made by crocheting fine wire studded with beads; and Beaded Bounty Hair Combs embellished with glass beads of various shapes and sizes by wrapping wire strung with beads around the head of the comb.
The book also contains dramatic designs for earrings and necklaces.
For information about these two books, visit sixthandspringbooks.com, or inquire at your local bookstore or library.
“The Beaded Edge” by Midori Nishida and the CRK design group takes beading in a different direction. It offers designs for creating beaded trims, edgings and fringes and ideas on how to apply the trims to clothing and accessories. The technique requires proficiency with crocheting.
The edgings are created with a crochet hooks as small as No. 10. Small beads, such as bugle beads, round beads and spangles are strung on thread, such as perle cotton, and set in place as the crocheting evolves.
Beaded edgings are a folkway of Turkey, where motifs are handed down from one generation to another and most often applied to head scarves worn by women of the Muslim faith.
Lovely examples of edgings in the books are Garden of Pansies applied to a delicate camisole, a star motif decorating a scarf and edgings in red and white adorning Christmas stockings and ornaments.
For information about this book, visit interweave.com or inquire at your local bookstore or library.
A Knitting Social takes place 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Spin A Yarn shop, 39 North Main St. in Brewer. The group is free and open to all. For information, call 989-5002.
The annual Beth Israel Sisterhood Marketplace and Craft Fair will be open for holiday shopping and lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at Congregation Beth Israel, 144 York St., Bangor. The fair will feature Maine-made artwork, hand-crafted items, hardwood products, soap, candles, wine and gift totes, jewelry, new and used books, Judaic items and a raffle for a handmade afghan.
Those of you who enjoying messing around with spray paint will find free instructions for holiday projects at projectsinacan.com
Wednesday Spinners will gather to spin and knit 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at One Lupine on Park Street in Bangor. The public is invited to join the gathering.
Call Ardeana Hamlin at 990-8153, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.