I was unbelievably flattered that Miyuki asked
me to write a book of projects to introduce their new size 10/0 Delica beads.
I wanted to give them and you more than anyone would expect.
I wondered why there was a need for an in-between size of Delica beads. Size 11/0
Delicas have been available for about fifteen years and size 8/0 Delicas (or 3mm)
for about ten years. They seemed to do the job.
the sample card, I developed some design ideas using all three sizes of Delicas
as well as a few round seed beads. It wasn't until I actually began working on
my designs, however, that I discovered how much I LOVE this new size bead.
it is a bit large if you want to weave a detailed pictorial tapestry, but it's
a wonderful size for jewelry projects with more abstract designs.
8/0s have big holes that are difficult to conceal; while size 11/0s are small
and work up slowly... 10/0s are perfect. The holes are large, just like the holes
of other Delicas, and they are a nice size that works up reasonably quickly but
is small enough to yield good detail.
I hope you'll enjoy the
projects in this book as much as I know you'll like size 10/0 Delicas.
could hardly bear to stop beading long enough to write the directions for these
projects. That's also why two of the projects have variations. The beads made
me do it.
Alice Korach is the founding editor of Bead&Button
Magazine. Her idea in starting the magazine was that there were many people
like her who wanted to know how beautiful beadwork was created and she was right!
childhood on, Alice practiced almost all forms of needle art, taking up beading
when she was eight and knitting at eleven. She always loved teaching and sharing
her skills and knowledge with others. In her first career, Alice earned a Ph.D.
in English literature and became a college professor. The biggest problem with
academia for her was that one was required to write uninteresting articles for
a limited audience of hostile specialists.
So Alice moved on to Threads
Magazine where she was an editor in all areas of fiber arts, particularly
knitting and contributed numerous articles of her own work, most notably, the
first article explaining bead knitting since the early years of the 20th century.
always knew that she was a good technician and a skilled designer, but she only
gradually learned that she was also an artist when she had the privilege of learning
pate de verre from Donna Milliron. Alice went on to create dozens of unique three-dimensional
glass sculptures including figurative, abstract and floral works. Practicing are
in glass freed something within her that has led to an artistic flowering in other
forms of bead art as well.
Alice teaches at national conventions and shops,
particularly at the "Bead Needs" shop in Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
Table of Contents
|Braided Crystal Bracelet||12-15
|Ripples in the Sand||24-27
|Southwest Sunrise Bracelet||28-31
|Jewel of the Pyramids||32-35