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Bead Weaving: a List of Inspirational Books

Updated: November 27, 2019

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 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.

Call Number: 739.14 F5655-2

This book is loaded with inspiration in design and color.

Wells, Carol Wilcox, 1949-
Call Number: 746.4 W453

If you want to self-educate yourself on how to bead weave, this is a must-have reference.

Hector, Valerie.
Call Number: 746.4 H451

Expand your horizons with this inspiring bead weaving book.


Deeb, Margie
Call Number: 746.4 D311

The best book on color written specifically for beaders.

Fitzgerald, Diane.
Call Number: 746.4 F553-4

Amazing works using the Peyote Stitch.


Eakin, Jamie Cloud.
Call Number: 746.4 E11-2

One of the most comprehensive bead embroidery books out there, with sample photos and illustrations. Visually stunning.

McCabe, Laura.
Call Number: 746.4 M121

Create elaborate beaded embellishments into stunning jewelry.


Meister, Maggie.
Call Number: 739.14 M515

Wonderful inspiration; incredible interpretations of ancient pieces in beadwork.


DeCoster, Marcia.
Call Number: 746.4 D296

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.


Call Number: 746.4 M4235-1

Tons of inspiration from leading bead artists.


Call Number: 739.14 P4115

The book features some of the most innovative designs ever seen. An absolutely beautiful book in layout, design, and photography.


Nelson-Smith, Rachel.
Call Number: 746.4 N432-1

Fascinating dimensional bead-weaving projects with inspiring color combos and excellent directions.

Nelson-Smith, Rachel.
Call Number: 746.4 N432

Rachel makes good use of color, phenomenal wire techniques. Book has both step by step photography and illustrations, a rarity in beadwork books.

Serafini, Sherry.
Call Number: 746.4 S481

Incredible designs