Book Review + Giveaway: Beaded Bracelets

Today I am reviewing the book Beaded Bracelets by Claudine McCormack Jalajas. Here’s a quick blurb about the book-

Beaded Bracelets (Running Press; August 2014; $18.00 US / $21.00 CAN) is a jewelry crafter’s guide to 25 original beaded bracelet designs that are contemporary, beautiful, and wear comfortably. Fully illustrated with both technical diagrams and photos, the book focuses on 4 main stitches— peyote, crossweave, right angle weave, and herringbone techniques —which can be applied to companion pieces of bead-weave jewelry, and is sure to appeal to both beginners and expert crafters.

The Author, Claudine Jalajas is a blogger and beadwork expert,with over twenty years of experience, and who shares her passion for the craft of beading by teaching jewelry-making classes. She currently sells her jewelry, patterns, and bead kits on ETSY, Craftsy and at various artisan shows. Claudine lives in Suffolk County, Long Island. You can read her blog here.

I’m a beginner beader, and at first glance a lot of the bracelets in this book look pretty complicated. After reading through the book though, Claudine has well written instructions and super helpful illustrations and patterns that even a beginner like me can understand!

In the beginning of the book you have an introduction, and after that Claudine gives a list of what tools and materials are required for making these bracelets as well as where to purchase, what brands to use and other special notes.

I like that there is a section in the front of the book with photos of the 25 different bracelets and where to find them in the book. Super easy!

Overall, the bracelets in this book are gorgeous and I think with a bit of practice, anyone could do them! You can find the book on Amazon here.


Want to win a copy?

Leave a comment on this post with your name and email by September 1st and you will be entered to win! Tell us why you would like to win!

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  1. tawny williams says

    Would love to win Claudine’s Beaded Bracelet book. Just getting into beading after seeing some beaded jewelry at craft show and need all the help I can get!

  2. Jillian says

    Just found your site and love it. I used to bead as a younger person and this book inspires me to start again.

  3. Flo L says

    This book is awesome. I would love to have a book that offers clear illustrations and informs you what tools you need. Thanks for the chance to win!

  4. Dennis Mullins Sr says

    Hi I love making bracelets and just about anything with beads. That is why I would love to win this book. Thanks for a chance.

  5. Jane Thomas says

    I would love to win this book. Sounds great that the instructions are written well and that even a beginner can do the work.

  6. says

    Love to win this – I have just been doing beginner bracelets and would love to try something a little more ambitious!

  7. Andi says

    The picture on the front of the book looks gorgeous! I have made different jewelry items before, but never bracelets. Looks like a beautiful book!

  8. Mae Conatser says

    Bracelets are my favorite jewelry. I would love to win this book so I could make my own elegant colorful bracelets. Thanx for the opportunity to win.

  9. Karen Harrington says

    I suffer from TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) now and I am trying to get back into beading, which I did all the time before I was hurt. The book sounds beautiful and may help me make a bridge to those skills that are locked away!

  10. says

    I enjoy making jewelry (always thought it would be a business, but I wind up making them as gifts – even better!) The pictured bracelet is beautiful, and I would love to own this book!

  11. Ashley says

    Beautiful beading! I’ve never done this before and would love to learn. I can never find the jewelry I want- I could just make my own!

  12. says

    Looking for a new craft, love bracelets! Just finished doing painted furniture projects in the barn, looking for a winter indoor project and
    love to learn new things! Thanks for the Chance to win!

  13. Kristen Barkschat says

    The bracelet on the cover is beautiful. I am sure that there are many inside thar as just as pretty. I’d love to make them for friends and family, as well as myself!
    Kristen B.

  14. Mara says

    I have made a few beaded necklaces (self taught) but would love to learn how to make bracelets.

  15. Candi S. says

    I would love to win this because this would be great fun to do with my daughter and we could give some great handmade gifts to family and friends.

  16. Denise Swanson says

    I’ve always wanted to learn various stitchesbut just didn’t know where to start. Having the supplies and tools list as well as project instructions would be a great help to getting started.

  17. Janet Pierce says

    I am a beginning beader, and this book would be awesome to win. Thank you for the giveaway.

  18. Tahzeeb nafees says

    I think the jewelry made in this book is gorgeous .will love to make similar jewelry with the help of this book if i won;)

  19. says

    This book is beautiful!I love making beads and this book looks like it has some great projects for beading. Thanks for another great giveaway!!

  20. Shelley S. says

    Looks like an interesting and helpful book. I would bead with my granddaughter and grandson (high school age) if I had this to help us.

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