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Bead Weaving: a List of Inspirational Books

Updated: November 27, 2019

When top beadwork artisans, beadwork authors, and contributors in the beading community were interviewed by Lark Jewelry, and asked what they considered their inspirational go-to books for beading, the following list was created. These books were treasured and loved, affected their work or development, or simply recommended as excellent, helpful, and instructional. If you are looking for inspiration and instruction in your own bead work, then the Los Angeles Public Library Art Department has these books available for you to check out.

500 necklaces : contemporary interpretations of a timeless form
Call Number: 739.14 F5655-2

This book is loaded with inspiration in design and color.

The art & elegance of beadweaving : new jewelry designs with classic stitches
Wells, Carol Wilcox, 1949-
Call Number: 746.4 W453

If you want to self-educate yourself on how to bead weave, this is a must-have reference.

The art of beadwork : historic inspiration, contemporary design
Hector, Valerie.
Call Number: 746.4 H451

Expand your horizons with this inspiring bead weaving book.


The beader's color palette : 20 creative projects, 220 inspired combinations for beaded and gemstone jewelry
Deeb, Margie.
Call Number: 746.4 D311-1

The Beader's Guide to Color
Deeb, Margie
Call Number: 746.4 D311

The best book on color written specifically for beaders.

Diane Fitzgerald's shaped beadwork : dimensional jewelry with peyote stitch
Fitzgerald, Diane.
Call Number: 746.4 F553-4

Amazing works using the Peyote Stitch.


Dimensional bead embroidery : a reference guide to techniques
Eakin, Jamie Cloud.
Call Number: 746.4 E11-2

One of the most comprehensive bead embroidery books out there, with sample photos and illustrations. Visually stunning.

Laura McCabe's embellished beadweaving : jewelry lavished with fringe, fronds, lacework & more
McCabe, Laura.
Call Number: 746.4 M121

Create elaborate beaded embellishments into stunning jewelry.


Maggie Meister's classical elegance : 20 beaded jewelry designs.
Meister, Maggie.
Call Number: 739.14 M515

Wonderful inspiration; incredible interpretations of ancient pieces in beadwork.


Marcia DeCoster's beaded opulence : elegant jewelry projects with right angle weave
DeCoster, Marcia.
Call Number: 746.4 D296

One of the most influential books written for those trying to master the right angle weave (both one and two needle). If you want to wrap your head around the RAW technique, then wrap your arms around this book.


Masters : beadweaving : major works by leading artists
Call Number: 746.4 M4235-1

Tons of inspiration from leading bead artists.


The Penland book of jewelry : master classes in jewelry techniques
Call Number: 739.14 P4115

The book features some of the most innovative designs ever seen. An absolutely beautiful book in layout, design, and photography.


Rachel Nelson-Smith's bead riffs : jewelry projects in peyote & right angle weave.
Nelson-Smith, Rachel.
Call Number: 746.4 N432-1

Fascinating dimensional bead-weaving projects with inspiring color combos and excellent directions.

Seed bead fusion : 18 projects to stitch, wire & string
Nelson-Smith, Rachel.
Call Number: 746.4 N432

Rachel makes good use of color, phenomenal wire techniques. Book has both step by step photography and illustrations, a rarity in beadwork books.

Sherry Serafini's sensational bead embroidery : 25 inspiring jewelry projects
Serafini, Sherry.
Call Number: 746.4 S481

Incredible designs