How to Do Beadwork is a fundamental book on the craft, coverin every aspect in full, not only patterns and operations but selection of materials size needle. The very lucidly organized text starts the reader of with the simplest projects to complete, five bead chains (some with tassels), and works up gradually to woven works. For weaving beads, instructions are first given for constructing a good, basi loom from a few simple objects, and then directions are detailed for 18 different chains, various patterned fobs, three belts, and ar interesting card case. A slightly more complicated process of weave ing follows, diagonal weaving without a loom, and many items to be made in this way (including a particularly beautiful purse with butterfly design) are fully described and illustrated step-by-step.
There are also projects for those familiar with needlepoint or other canvas work, like handsome bags with fringe, and if you knit or crochet there are half a dozen evening bags and purses you can bead. Also included are directions for making lampshades, includ. ing an interesting pattern derived from a Sudanese costume; hang ings, and decorating burlap curtains. And there is a special chapter devoted to projects for children: an easy-to-make loom for weaving belts, chains, etc., and simple and well-illustrated directions for chamois shirt and bead trim, moccasins, five bead chains, etc. For those interested in the history and ethnography of the craft, Miss White discusses the beadwork of the primitives, concentrating on the artifacts of the North American Indian (many of which are pictured), but also paying attention to the work of such cultures as the Egyptian and Eskimo.