"Quick and Easy Crafts" is a new series of practical books aimed at crafters with little or no knowledge of the subjects. Each title in the series takes a popular craft and illustrates how easy it is to create simple and stylish items. Each book contains 15 step-by-step projects, all with clear instructions and photographs and includes useful tips throughout. The finished item is photographed in full colour and many of the projects include a variation or alternative design idea. A comprehensive Basics section at the beginning of each book gives essential information on tools and materials and important techniques. Beadwork is a wonderful craft subject as so many different effects can be created with minimal equipment and easily learnt skills. Beads come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to embellish items, such as cushions and bags as well as to create delicate jewellery items, from earrings to bracelets. The projects use a variety of techniques, including stringing, embroidery and weaving. With its easy-to-follow approach and contemporary design, this craft series allows the reader to create fabulous, unique projects at home for a fraction of the retail cost.
Robin Bellingham, Hana Glover and Jema Hewitt have worked together on beading workshops and design projects for a number of years. Hana and Robin run The Bead Shop in Nottingham, a retail outlet which also runs courses. Jema Hewitt is a freelance writer, designer and dressmaker. They live in Nottingham, England.