Create Jewelry: Stones is the third book in the Create Jewelry series by Interweave Press and so it's gorgeous, innovative and inspiring. That is exactly what I'd expected from the two talented designers who put this book together, Marlene Blessing and Jamie Hogsett.
What do I love most about this book? It's filled with incredibly beautiful color combinations, unique designs and art beads at the center focus of many of the projects. The book is divided into three styles: classic, special occasion and fashion forward. The designs cover stringing, wire-wrapping and even a few quick and simple beadweaving projects for added texture.
It's not just another pretty bead book! This book is filled with history, lore and trivia about our favorite stones. There is a basic overview of some of the more common gemstones along with the facts you need to know when purchasing stone beads.
Stones have been used in adornment throughout history, yet Blessing and Hogsett manage to come up with fresh and modern designs. I actually sighed while flipping though it the first time. It's a must for your bead library collection. After reading this book, you'll want to grab the checkbook and run out to the nearest bead store for more stones! You can preview the book at the Interweave website.
Review by Heather Powers.