Little boxes, on a hillside…. The final assignment for my writing class was to do a book review. One exception to this is Little Boxes by Julia S. Pretl , which is one of my all time favorite beading books. She features a variety of projects for three dimensional vessels, ranging from simple squares and triangles to more advanced polygonal shapes.
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As you can see from the cover, the little beaded boxes that Julia has designed are simply gorgeous. This is what first attracted my eye, but after getting the book, I realised that it offered so much more. The little beaded treasure chest photo above was my idea for the annual Toho beads competition.
I constructed the box base, made a lid which will open, close and fasten! As you might imagine, a project like this took quite a while to create — not to mention a lot of experimentation. So possibly I became a little obsessed with the idea of little beaded boxes! At that time I was only just beginning to learn techniques for geometric beading and shaping Peyote stitch.
The opening chapters are purely technique focused, explaining how to create a solid box structure in a variety of different shapes triangle, square, rectangle, pentagon, hexagon. The instructions are clearly broken down so you learn how to shape the base, build up the sides, create a solid structure at the top to support the lid, then of course make the lid itself and add some feet if you so desire.
Having worked your way through these chapters, Julia rewards you with some gorgeous designs for little beaded boxes. Although these are miniature, at a couple of inches across, they are still capable of holding useful items — perhaps a stash of nymo beading thread or some small packs of beads.
They are beautifully decorative and Julia has created designs to different themes and covering all the different shapes. I did create my own little beaded box, in a Japanese style, using the techniques I had learned. So the impact this book has had on my own work is enormous and I would like to thank Julia for making this possible. I was using this book early on in my beading career: at the time I was familiar with the basics of Peyote stitch, but the instructions are all so clearly explained that it was very easy to take myself to the next level.
The little beaded boxes make wonderful gifts for special friends and really attractive storage for your own little treasures. Share this:.
Julia Pretl's Big Book of Beadwork
Creative Pub: Quayside. ISBN CRAFTS Pretl Beaded Collars compiles her favorite designs from her recent books in this weighty guide, which focuses on three types of beadwork projects using three different techniques: knitted bags, netted necklaces, and peyote-stitch boxes. Basic directions for each technique are provided, with support from the lessons on the included DVD, which shows each technique in action. Some knowledge of beadwork is assumed; however, advanced beginners could easily attempt the projects included in this broad collection. That said, the book is a true treasure trove of projects and patterns. Each part deals with a different bead craft--knitting smalled beaded bags, crafting neckpieces reminiscent of Egyptian jewelry and building ornate bead boxes.
Little Bead Boxes : 12 Miniature Containers Built with Beads