Jewelry magazines and books are a lot like recipe books. Once you find a good one, you don’t like letting go, and you can keep them on the shelf forever.
I’ve checked out a LOT of books from my local library. Some have gorgeous pictures and really cool looking designs but the instructions BLOW. I’ve tried to do what they wanted and cannot follow them at all. I would consider myself an advanced weaver—I know most stitches and can design my own work as well.
Certain magazines are better than others too. Again, use your local library and see which appeal to you. If you really like them, then subscribe so you can keep them in your home.
Library tip: Libraries have to eventually get rid of old magazines—there’s only so much storage space. If you make nice with a librarian, they’ll hold the magazines aside and give them to you. Bead & Button is my favorite magazine and ordering just ONE pattern from an old issue is at least $3. So getting those old magazines is a real cost savings as well.
Magazines I’ve Enjoyed
(Many have great newsletters and free downloadable projects)
- Step by Step Beads (now Beadwork Magazine)
- Bead & Button (my all-time favorite)
- Beading Daily
Books I Would Recommend:
- Crystal Beaded Jewellery
- The Seed Bead Book: Over 35 Step-by-step Jewellery Projects
- Bead Romantique
What are your favorites?