When top beadwork artisans, beadwork authors, and contributors in the beading community were interviewed by Lark Jewelry and asked what they considered their inspirational go to books for beading, the following list was created. These books were either treasured and loved, affected their work or development, or simply recommended as excellent, helpful, and instructional. If you are looking for inspiration and instruction in your own bead work, then the Los Angeles Public Library Art Department has these books available for you to check out.
The first four coffee-table books listed are by four powerhouses in the bead world -- DeCoster, Fitzgerald, Meister, and Serafini.
Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence
One of the most influential books written for those trying to master the right angle weave (both one and two needle). If you want to wrap your head around the RAW technique, then wrap your arms around this book.
Diane Fitzgerald's Shaped Beadwork
Amazing works using the Peyote Stitch.
Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance
Wonderful inspiration; incredible interpretations of ancient pieces in beadwork.
Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery
Rachel Nelson-Smith's Bead Riffs: Jewelry Projects in Peyote & Right Angle Weave
Fascinating dimensional bead-weaving projects with inspiring color combos and excellent directions.
Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Cloud Eakin.
One of the most comprehensive bead embroidery books out there, with sample photos and illustrations. Visually stunning.
Masters: Beadweaving: Major Works by Leading Artists by Carol Wilcox Wells and Ray Hemachandra
Tons of inspiration from leading bead artists.
The Art and Elegance of Beadweaving by Carol Wilcox Wells
If you want to self-educate yourself on how to bead weave, this is a must have reference.
Laura McCabe's Embellished Beadweaving
Create elaborate beaded embellishments into stunning jewelry.
500 Necklaces: Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form
This book is loaded with inspiration in design and color.
The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniques by Marthe Le Van
The book features some of the most innovative designs ever seen. An absolutely beautiful book in layout, design, and photography.
The Beader's Guide to Color by Margie Deeb
The best book on color written specifically for beaders.
The Beader's Color Palette by Margie Deeb
A book that gives you actual color recipes.
Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson-Smith
Rachel makes good use of color, phenomenal wire techniques. Book has both step by step photography and illustrations, a rarity in beadwork books.
The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspirations, Contemporary Design by Valerie Hector
Expand your horizons with this inspiring bead weaving book.
These four stunning reference sources of inspiration are available to view at Central.
Vintage Jewelry Design: Classics to Collect and Wear by Caroline Cox
Find inspiration from vintage jewelry pieces. A fabulous reference about the history of jewelry designs.
Well-written pages filled with beautifully photographed eye-candy. Mesmerizing.
Miriam Haskell Jewelry by Cathy Gordon and Sheila Pamfiloff
The book covers the entire career of Miriam Haskell and all the different designers that have worked for the company. Great inspirational book if you enjoy looking at the costume jewelry created over the past several decades.
Art Jewelry Today by Dona Z. Meilach
Here is a beautiful new look at contemporary art jewelry. These are today’s top art jewelers whose work is often shown in art galleries and museums.
Art Jewelry Today 2 by Jeffrey B. Snyder
A great source of inspiration for jewelry design. It covers all kinds of materials and styles.
Please enjoy, and leave a comment on this post with the beading and jewelry books you would recommend to others or ones you would like to see in our collection.