Book Review: The Beaded Edge 2

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Title: The Beaded Edge 2: More Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims
Author: Midori Nishida/CRK Design

Book Review by ReneƩ Rodgers (

Following on the successful heels of The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims, this second volume does not disappoint. As a professional craft artist, Nishida was inspired by an exhibit that she saw on Turkish embroideries and Oya. Oya are decorative edgings made of thread, knots and beads that are traditionally found on Turkish women’s headscarves. Nishida set out to create a crocheted technique inspired by what she saw.

This sequel has 26 different edgings and trims, and the author shows several different ways in which they can be used. From simply wearing the trims as necklaces to applying them to clothing and accessories (including shoes!), there are detailed instructions every step of the way. Instructions are presented in written form, stitch and bead placement diagrams and even photographic step-by-step instructions. Everything one needs to know is right here to produce delicate, sparkling and beautiful embellishments. There is a double page spread covering materials and tools, including the brand names. The copy I am reviewing stated, “the contact information for manufacturers is shown under the table of contents on page 3”; however, that information is missing, so hopefully that is something that will be edited. A quick internet search would likely reveal where to find the materials listed.

One of the best things about this book is that one can take an old garment, such as a T-shirt or skirt or even a purse or pair of shoes and elevate these items to something new again. With just a few beads, some thread and a crochet hook, something one might have thrown out can become a favorite item again! Not only is that “green”, it’s fun, too! One of these trims given as a gift would be appreciated by anyone as well.
I highly recommend that everyone have this volume on their shelves. I know I am adding it to mine!

(Interweave Press, 2012, 88 pages, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-59668-559-8)

Full disclosure: A free review copy of  The Beaded Edge 2: More Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims was provided by Interweave Press. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

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