Thursday, April 23, 2009

BeadLit Redux: Links by Jean Yates

I'm buried under a stack of books! So while I read and write, you can catch up on the BeadLit posts you missed with BeadLit Redux.

"What is a link? A link is a connection, whether it is a thought, a collection of letters that make a word, an Internet address or an expression of an attachment between people. A link is pretty worthless without something going before it and something following it. To make sense, it must be connected in some manner."

So exactly what is a Link? It's a book! That wonderful jewelry designer, Jean Yates, has written a beautiful book full of wonderful stories and projects, It's called "Links." Here's a picture of our intrepid jewelry designer Jean with her best beau-husband, Jim. Sweet aren't they?

Here's a little blurb from the publisher, North Light Books

Links encourages crafters to create jewelry inspired by their own lives and surroundings. You will find 35 fabulous step-by-step intermediate-level jewelry projects, including bracelets, necklaces, earrings, pins and rings. Includes the story that inspired each piece, and show you how to create your own unique jewelry based on personal experiences. Creative prompts and sidebar interviews with working crafters are sprinkled throughout for added inspiration.

About the Author

Jean Yates's designs have been featured in many jewelry magazines, including BeadStyle, Stringing, Simply Beads, Beadwork and Bead and Button, as well as Belle Armoire. She is currently designing pieces to contribute to two books. View her work online at

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Exposed! And in Tucson!

"Get ready to embark on an exciting adventure through the world of jewelry design" is the appropriate first line of a new book entitledBead and Wire Jewelry Exposed by Margot Potter, Fernando Dasilva and Katie Hacker.

A lucsious luscious book on stringing and "exposing" the unseen materials in stringing like Beadalon wire and other materials. The designs are gorgeous and the Swarovski crystals make all of them sparkle.

If you're going to Tucson, you can take a class with one of the fabulous authors of Exposed at the Create Your Style event.

Check out this beauty from the book thatMargot Potter is teaching at Tucson! I hear she's got some awesome swag for the class too!

(Above photo from the awesome Ms. Potter's blog - the rights to the picture are hers hers hers (smile!) and she deserves it - look how gorgeous it is! ;-)