I have a hard time remembering to take photos at events like this. When I'm thinking about taking pictures, I find it takes me away from being in the experience. So the only photo I came back with is this one.....
|from left to right: me, bead and lace designer extraordinaire Sivia Harding, Karin Skacel and Michelle Hunter of Skacel Yarns, and Andrea Wong. Susie Moraca from Kollage Yarns was seated to my right, but got up to take photos.|
Let me tell you about Betsy's excellent book. Betsy makes the most amazing bead knitted jewelry. I am the proud owner of an original Betsy Hershberg bracelet, which she made for me a couple of years ago in exchange for a cowl I knit - I definitely got the better end of that trade.
Betsy Beads is rich in technique. Detailed illustrated instructions will enable you to reproduce any of the spectacular designs shown.
But the heart of Betsy's book is the essays that open each chapter. Betsy revels in the creative process. In her essays, she shares her journey of experimentation and discovery, and encourages you to set out on a journey of your own. I was familiar with Betsy's work and knew it was beautiful. What I did not know is that she is such a good writer. You'll want to take time to savor each word.
The photography is this book is also a treat. It is a challenge to capture bead work in photos. I've often seen pictures of beaded projects where you wouldn't know beads were included if they weren't listed in the materials list. Alexis Xenakis is a master of capturing the nuances of knitwear in photos. With this book, he has extended his mastery to beads. The subtleties of color and finish are beautifully rendered. And his choice of background for the close-up shots is flawless. The use of jelly beans? Brilliant.
If you'd like to buy the book (and you really should), here is a link. Following that link takes you to the website of the publisher, XRX books. While there, you can download a free pattern for a necklace, and see photos of all the projects included in the book.