Thursday, October 22, 2009

Fit to Print Book Review - Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence

Last year on Bead Cruise 2009 Marcia brought samples of the book projects. I touched, I gasped and was in awe of the beauty she shared. Thinking about buying this book was not an option. I waited in anticipation to get my copy.

The reviews are out and the ratings are off the chart for Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence.

The beginning of the book walks you through the basics of right angle weave, teaching how to increase, decrease and combine other stitches. Marcia’s use of components and surface embellishments takes right angle weave into a whole new dimension of intricate designs.

Beautiful, sophisticated and elegant you will enjoy making these design from this master beadweaver.The illustrations and instructions are very well written and the photography is top notch.

This book is a must have for those wanting to learn right angle and for those who have already mastered the stitch. Right Angle Weave is an off loom bead weaving technique also called RAW. This stitch can be worked with one or two needles. Basic right angle weave creates a supple fabric.

My book will not be sitting up on the book shelf nestled between the other bead books. It is out in the open where I can pick it up and be inspired by what lies within. Since debuting in August this book has sold out and gone into a second print. The third printing not far behind.

To get your signed copy of Beaded Opulence visit Marcia website at:

Marcia is the featured Artist of the month at Lark Books. You can read the interview here.

Here is a sample of a project I made from the book called "Medici Drop"

Book review written by Beverly Herman NoEasyBeads


Katie said...

Bevvie - You are SO right about this book! Of course, when I saw the projects on the Bead Cruise last year, it was all I could do to not club Marcia over the head and run off with the samples (heehee)...

I love the Medici earrings you made! I have a couple pair in my future, too - I just got some briolettes so I can make them.

The Quetzal ring is SUPER fun - I have 4 versions of it...

And, for those out there who like to tweak and play and add their own touch to a project, Marcia's are SO great for that - my Quetzal rings look completely different from what she made...I used drop beads for the top embellishment to add a little funkiness to it...

LOVE this book!

abeadlady said...

Marcia's new book is the greatest! Not only did I buy one for myself, but I'm gifting it for Christmas. I love the way her components can be used in multiple ways. Recently took a class from her in Tahoe and her new bracelet is terrific.

Kate said...

Those earrings are beautiful! How elegant and right in time for the holiday season!

Lisa Crone said...

Oh your earrings are great, it looks like this is a must have. I know what you mean about the books or magazines that never make it to the shelf! Thanks for the awesome review!