Dare to Bead shows you how to create stunning jewellery and other items from the vast range of beads available. The focus is on off-loom weaving - joining beads by means of various techniques and turning them into something beautiful: from tassel fob to table mat, from bracelet to bookmark. Techniques include basic ropes, tassels and lariats, brick stitch and peyote in various applications and combinations.
Lavishly illustrated with specially commissioned colour photographs of all finished main projects, as well as alternative styles and colour schemes, Dare to Bead also offers loads of suggestions for variations.
It will give you both the inspiration and the know-how to get started with skill and confidence. But beware: beading is addictive...
Coming from a strong design background, Heather Laithwaite has always loved the creative world. From running her own baby boutique she went on to designing and making a gift and baby range for Biggie Best for 12 years. She joined the Cape Embroiders Guild and learnt the art of embroidery, canvas work and lace making, and this triggered her interest in beadwork. This interest grew and she joined the British Beaders Guild. She loves playing with colour and texture and can explore both these elements through beading and design. Heather has taught beading and canvas work all over the Cape for six years, and the long waiting list to join her classes is testimony to the infectious enthusiasm with which she shares her amazing talent and skill.