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Books/Beads/Knitting/How-To: Bead Knitted Pendant Bags

Filed under: Folkcat's Craft Library — folkcat at 7:35 pm on Thursday, September 8, 2005

Title: Bead Knitted Pendant Bags
Author: Williams, Theresa
Publisher: Bag Lady Press
Copyright: 1995, 1996, 2002

Available from the publisher at http://www.baglady.com

Bead knitting is the process where beads are strung on the knitting material, then put in place in groups of 1 to, well, several beads (depending on how much of a swag effect you want) in between knit stitches. It’s different from beaded knitting, where beads are also strung on the knitting material, but in a specific pattern according to a chart. In beaded knitting, a bead is placed in every stitch, and the beads ultimately make a picture or design.

Bead knitting is the specialty at Bag Lady Press, and Theresa Williams is almost single-handedly responsible for the current popularity of the technique. This book, which I believe was her first, gives the how-tos, the whys, and the wherefores for how to make two different styles of bead knitted pendant bags. By the time you’re done, you’ll understand the process and be able to produce endless variations on the basic bags.

Recommended for those who love little bags, but are in a rut making peyote-stitch amulet bags; or for knitters who are tired of sweaters, scarves, and socks.

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