Having spent 3 days in June 2013 at Marcia DeCoster’s Masterclass – Playing with Possibilities it would be remiss of me not to review her book Beaded Opulence. This is from the Lark Books beadweaving master class series.
I bought this book a while ago as I understood Marcia was known for her right angle weave designs – and I do love the Lark Masterclass books. Truthfully I haven’t made any of the pieces yet but the book is constantly being pulled from the shelf, there are so many cool ideas.
There are 8 Chapters. The usual Basic Beading Kit and then the Fundamentals which are always necessary. I enjoy reading these chapters as each artist uses different tools. Plus they have useful tips on how they, in particular, work their stitches.
The next six chapters are split into types of designs: Fabric, Ropes, Armatures, Embellishments, Curves, and Layers.
24 projects! A lot. And each project sparks ideas and new designs of your own. The Etruscan Treasure on page 61 is particularly inspiring and I am working on a piece which echoes bits of Marcia’s necklace.
Here is a picture of her Cappadocia cuff done in a colour scheme which is different than the one found in the book.
Of course, the gallery at the end of the book sets me off thinking. There are some beautiful examples of work created using right angle weave. I particularly like the bracelet My Father’s Watchband created by Huib Petersen. I’m drawn to the sculptural possibilities of RAW.
You can buy the book from Amazon.com, published by Lark Books in 2009 it is one of the Beadweaving Masterclass series.
Of course I can’t leave this post without mentioning Marcia has just published her latest book Beads in Motion. Here are a couple of the pieces in the new book – Riveted Bracelet and Spin City necklace. As the book implies – the pieces incorporate a degree of movement.
This book is for sale on Amazon.com.