Netted Beadwork

By Diane Fitzgerald
Interweave Press, $21.95, 2003
(800) 272-2193 or www.interweave.com

Diane Fitzgerald has a loyal cadre of beaders whom she can call upon whenever she has a big project to fulfill. They do wonderful and creative work. Netting is one of the oldest techniques of beadwork around. This is the 8th book in the Beadwork how-to series published by Interweave Press.

I think everyone in the beading world knows that Diane Fitzgerald travels to many places, gathering history and beads as she goes. This is certainly true of her Netted Beadwork book. The history of netting is nearly lost in the dim roots of the past, but the history covered in this book is in China, India, Egypt, America, Europe, South Africa, Malaysia, and the Ukraine. I know I found the history much more fascinating than the netted work. That is not to say that I’m not going to try some of the techniques in this book. I certainly am. I really hadn’t realized that netted and netting are not always an interchangeable technique or words. Having read about this technique, I’m going to be more careful and accurate about that usage.

Some of the wonderful things about the different projects in this book are the results that came from the different makers. If you are looking for a new method of holding a cabochon, look into using a netted bezel. One of the wonderful features of the netted beading is the open, airy and drapy feel of the finished product. Want to make beaded beads? There is an extensive section on doing just that.

This is a good book that you’ll be able to check out of the library.