Book review: Creative Seed Bead Connections by Teresa Meister

Posted by Jane Cruz
on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Teresa Meister's Creative Seed Bead Connections

I love to read and re-read beading books. Sitting down with a new beading book is somewhat akin to surveying the dessert buffet on a cruise ship – each juicy bauble more mouth-wateringly delicious than the next! A few months ago, I had the opportunity to tech-edit Teresa Meister’s new book Creative Seed Bead Connections. Instead of just drooling over the pictures, I got to touch, feel, and closely examine the jewelry to my heart's content. In fact, I tried on every single piece. What makes Teresa’s designs unique is that she combines interesting stitched components with jump rings and clever wirework links in a way that complements the bead weaving and adds to the overall form and structure of the design.

The projects in this book are very wearable and stylish, and the individual components are fairly quick to stitch up. This fabulous book explores combining stitched seed bead components with fine wirework to create incredibly wearable jewelry. The photos and illustrations are fantastic and easy to follow, even for a beginner. If you'd like to order a copy, click here to be redirected to our book store.

Teresa's 'A piece of the past' bracelet is stunning and definitely makes a statement!

These elegant earrings incorporate just one (each) of Teresa's "A piece of the past" components. I added some 6x9 mm crystal drops for sparkle and movement. Select a couple of components you like from the projects in this book and see what lovely jewelry you can create!

I fell in love with Teresa's beautiful bracelet from “A piece of the past” on p. 102. The exotic components and arabesque look intrigue me and when I was reading it for the first time, I had to get out needle and thread and stitch as I read! I had so much fun making these little flying buttresses and experimenting with different colors of beads. As with all the projects in the book, Teresa gives complete instructions for several different piece of jewelry - necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and even a ring. It was the bracelet in this project that really caught my eye. It has so much structure and texture, it's hard to keep my hands off it. I was so inspired, I adapted her design just a bit to include 3 mm pearls instead of 8/0 seed beads and the end result is a lovely pair of earrings that I find myself wearing a lot.

I really like these fun little components Teresa connects with jump rings. The chain dangle in the center adds extra length and a sleek design.

I made the "Wild tile" necklace on the left in the photo below with a few modifications. Teresa’s necklace is on the right for comparison. I like Teresa’s better, but since I had to give it back, I enjoy wearing mine very much. The inspiration and alternative design ideas possible from combining the stitched components with the various wire links, chain, and jump rings are endless!

If you have a chance, pick up a copy of Teresa's book – you won't be disappointed!

--Jane

 

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