Review- ADORN THYSELF - Rocky Mountain Bead Society
http://rockybeads.org/bookreview.htm by Mary Timme
by Suzanne Cooper
Published by Suzanne Cooper. Priced at $19.95 plus $3.45 Shipping
and Handling. E-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org & Web Site: www.suzannecooper.com
for pictures of the subjects covered in this book.
As usual Suzanne has provided a minimum of words for direction,
but the directions are packed full of good sized and easy to
read and understand instruction. You need to know peyote stitch
or brick stitch, but if you are brave you could learn with one
of the flat peyote bracelets. That way you would have a wonderful
sample to learn from and as an end product. Suzanne is very clear
on her title page about the purchaser of the book being able
to use the designs for personal use and selling at arts and crafts
show, but not to use these designs for mass production without
written permission from the author. This is something we all
need to keep in mind, whenever we sell the work designed by someone
There are sixty-four (64) patterns in this book, so it is
chock full of inspiration and great ideas. For each design there
is a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a small amulet/necklace and
the design as pictured in full color. Charts are also full color.
The people who beaded each design have a little paragraph about
that if they wished, and Colorado's own, Betcy Ventrella beaded
the eagle on the cover. For the bracelets and other pieces (such
as the eagle) there are approximate measurements. As bead people
we all know that variations in beads and personal technique make
accurate measurements impossible.
The subject matter covers a wide range of interests. Some
of the themes are animals, such as the eagle I'd mentioned, dragons,
Madame Pele, Egyptian themes, African themes, Celtic knots, freeform
and stylized themes and of course flowers. Each one is unique
I always enjoy and recommend Suzanne Cooper's books to new
beaders. The graphs are full color, good sized and beautiful.
There are also a chart and Delica numbers of the beads used in
the sample. You may contact Suzanne for the book at the E-mail
or Web Site above or at P.O. Box 445, Spring Branch, TX 78070.
This book will be available at your better local bead shops
Review- ADORN THYSELF - About.com Beadwork Site
Adorn Thyself Suzanne Cooper, 1999
Suzanne Cooper, Inc.
8 1/2 X 11, paperbound, 37 pages, color photos and graphs. $19.95
This is the best book to date by the delightful Suzanne Cooper!
Full of tips, instructions, ideas, and, of course, glorious,
This volume starts off with a great tutorial. Suzanne is a
top-notch teacher as well as expert beadwork designer. Her tutorials
are always terrific. Step by step instructions written in a smooth,
easy style that a beginner could follow without problem. This
great section helps make this book so superb.
Then on to the patterns! Sixty-four of them all together,
and all of them are beauties!! From theButterfly to the Pyramids,
the Dragon to the Iris, they are all glorious and perfectly done.
There is a color photograph of each finished piece on the page,
and a graph for the main, large piece. Also, there are graphs
for the ancillary pieces, such as a bracelet or earrings. All
of these patterns are beautiful and they are perfectly embellished,
Don't miss this one!
Review- ADORN THYSELF - Copper
Coyote Beads Ltd
There aren't enough superlatives for either Suzanne Cooper's
designs or for the execution of those designs by her "bead
elves." The projects in "Adorn Thyself" are fun,
sophisticated, elegant and cover so many subjects that there
is something for EVERYONE! Whether you love brick stitch or peyote,
you can make these gorgeous pieces -- and the designs include
necklaces, earrings, amulet purses and bracelets so you can have
an complete set. There are 64 patterns that include Pyramids,
Peony, Dragon, Eagle, Bear Paw, Butterfly, Calla Lily, Giraffe,
Rose, Celtic Knot and more. Basic flat and tubular peyote instructions
are included as well as specific instructions for each type of
piece. Brick stitch instructions are not included.