What fun this has been -- to be able to add to my repertoire of stitches and learn new skills along the way. A friend and I got together and using this book made up a couple of sample pages. This was an excellent way for me to practice (without doing it on a 'real' piece of beadwork) and to find out which stitches would serve my purposes (for there are many, many stitches in this book).
We chose a stitch and then beaded it until we had figured it out. In my opinon there are two things that could have made this book easier to use. One - spiral binding so that the pages would lie flat. I have to put something heavy on one side of the pages to hold the book in place as I read the directions and practice the stitch. Two -the color pictures of the finished stitches are all together in one section - at the end of the beading instructions - it would have helped a lot to have a color picture beside each example rather than having to flip back and forth to make sure your sample looks like it should. But - for ideas and instruction this book is wonderful. So far I have used the shaded satin stitch and the half pekinese (one of my all time favorite stitches) in my March BJP and am using several other new-to-me stitches in a figure that I am presently working on.
Constantly learning is one of the true delights of life -- yes sometimes its scary, yes sometimes it doesn't work out the way I thought it would, yes, sometimes it takes extra time -- but when I'm done, when I've mastered a new skill or acquired new tools to use its thrilling.
"Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers." - Mignon McLaughlin