In the bead world, we are so lucky to have amazing industry magazines that excite and educate. There is also a giant selection of books about beading. I have a small library of beading books. I love them, they are great to refer to and go to for inspiration.
Out of all the books in my library though, there are a few that I can honestly say made a huge difference in my life:
The first is Carol Wilcox Wells' Creative Bead Weaving.
After reading Creative Bead Weaving, I was in awe of off-loom stitching. Soon after, I picked up a copy of The Sea: Selections from the First International Miyuki Delica Challenge.
Wow! This book blew me away. After seeing the artwork in this book, I knew that anything was possible when it came to beading.
Over the years my skills have improved, and my library has grown and so often I am still learning new skills and continuing to be inspired by the amazing bead artists in the industry!
While nearly all the books out there are inspiring - another book that changed my life was Beverly Ash Gilbert's Beaded Colorways.
This book really changed the way I looked at color. It's a great reference book on hues, saturation, and color relationships. It comes with a set of color wheels. But it is also contains fantastic instruction on how to create, using free form bead weaving, and how to create wonderful "bead soups" to use the technique!
I was able to take this:
and turn it into this:
In summary I can say that books about beading have been a wonderful addition to my craft. Books have taught me, inspired me and changed the way I perceive the possibility of beads!