It was an honor to be asked to review Kassie Shaw's new book, "Beadweaving Beyond the Basics." I was sent the preview pdf file of her book and have spent several hours thoroughly enjoying it.
The book includes 24 beading designs and each design has beautiful photos and clear instructions. But it is so much more than just a book full of patterns. In her introduction, Kassie states that her goal in writing the book was not only to teach readers how to create the designs, but also to inspire everyone to discover their own creativity and ideas. She certainly accomplished this goal with me. I can hardly wait to finish up my current projects and begin exploring with the ideas that came to mind as I read each chapter of her book.
Kassie writes that the main purpose of the book is to teach some intermediate level variations on basic stitches, and then use them as jumping off points for readers to create their own designs. Her purpose is very clear in all three chapters of the book as she takes us from a "primer" that explains the basic bead weaving stitch through her thought process that led her to create the next design. Beaders who want to create their own designs will find this book a very practical and inspiring tool to help them become designers of their own original work.
The primary beading stitch Kassie teaches is Right Angle Weave (RAW), but instructions on other basic stitches such as Herringbone (Flat and Tubular), Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW), Peyote (Even and Odd Count), and St. Petersburg Stitch are also included.
The three main chapters explore variations of Right Angle Weave (RAW): 1) Double Diamond RAW, 2) Faux RAW, and 3) Layered RAW. The way Kassie explains each technique and explores the possibility of new designs using these techniques inspired me as a designer and I highly recommend this book to others.