Monday, July 9, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Diane Fitzgerald's Favorite Beading Projects



Diane Fitzgerald is one of the world's most well known and highly regarded bead artists.  For over twenty years, she has shared her love and knowledge of beads without hesitation.  She's travelled the world and generously tells all about her experiences.

The thing I truly enjoyed most about this book was the in-depth "getting to know" Diane.
I've never had the pleasure of meeting her in person, although in the same room on a couple of occasions, just didn't have the opportunity of introducing myself.  Jean Campbell wrote a fabulous Foreward all about Diane's beading career.  In those three pages, I learned so much about Diane that I now feel I could call her a friend.  Jean wrote a great intro !!

The projects in this book are inspirational !!
For the most advanced bead weaver, these projects can draw you back to the days when you were first learning about knotting, or stringing and crimping.  As creative souls, sometimes we need to drift ourselves back to those days.
For those just getting started, its an amazing reference and visual guidebook.

Diane's knowledge of almost everything beady sure shines through in this book.
She uses colors that make statement pieces sing.
Many of the projects have variations illustrated after the main set of instructions.  I found these to be not only visually inspirational but thought provoking on how you can use your newly acquired skill set for the next project!

Diane is a master of her art.  I believe even the most experienced beaders will find something in this book that they didn't know and can prompt them to try something new !!

Lark Publishing is to be applauded as they have given us THREE sample projects from Diane's book:

Diamond Chain Bracelet

Fortune Teller Beads Necklace

Midnight Snowflakes Necklace


Bead and Glass Boutique is currently sold out of this book!  (they went fast!)
We will gladly order and ship to you if you would like to order.
Please call us at 856-827-0000 !!


Here's the GIVEAWAY Info - its easy & you get lots of chances to enter.
Please leave a separate comment for each entry you complete.

#1 - Follow this Blog  (earns you two entries!)
 
#2 - Like the Bead & Glass Boutique page on Facebook (earns you two entries!)

#3 - Leave a comment here on this post, tell me about your favorite Diane Fitzgerald project or pattern (earns you one entry!)

#4 - Share this post on your own Facebook page  (earns you two entries!)  Please post a copy of your Facebook page address here.


I'll draw a random winning number next week, so please have your entries posted here by 11:59pm on Sunday, July 15th.


Ok - now... GO !


50 comments:

  1. I absolutely love Diane's work. I've used her shapes techniques (diamonds, teardrops, squares)in several pieces. This would be an awesome book to own, and to get to 'know' her a little better would be very special!

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  2. I am a new follower, and thrilled to be!

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  3. I have 'liked' the BeadandGlass FB page. Love that Lisa Peters pendant!

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    1. Hi Shirley ! Thanks for entering !!

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  4. Amy, you are a stickler for procedures....lol....my all time favorite is Diane's Ginko Leaf lariat, one day I will bead it....and you know I "like" you....Juls

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    1. Lol !! I just wanted to give people lots of chances to enter.
      And I love you too Juls <3

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  5. I LOVE THE BEAD & GLASS BOUTIQUE PAGE!

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    1. That's good, because we LOVE LPA !!

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  6. A great review!!! I have it and feel the same about the intro!

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    1. Thanks Kristen !! I really appreciate it !

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  7. It's a wonderful book! Since I have my own copy, please don't enter this comment into the drawing. :) And, yes, I follow your blog and have "liked" the Bead & Glass Boutique's page (and owner!) for some time now.

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  8. Alicia M. HartleyJuly 11, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    I already "like" your Bead & Glass Boutique page on Facebook.

    I love Diane's book of Shaped Beadwork. It's currently open to a project I want to try whenever I can find time to sit long enough to start it!

    Now I'm off to share this on my facebook page. :)

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  9. Hi, I'm a new follower and would love to win this book. I have two of her previous books and they're awesome. Such talent! Thanks for the giveaway! I've got my fingers crossed!

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    1. Hi Sally !!
      Welcome to the Fast & Furious Beader! Thanks for entering !!

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  10. hi, thank you for the chance to win this book of my personal beading hero. I posted on my Facebook account, I'm a follower now AND I like the Bead & Glass Boutique site now.
    greetings from Germany
    Brigitte

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    1. Hi Brigitte,

      Welcome to the Fast & Furious Beader! Thanks for entering & Sharing on your page too !!

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  11. i can't pick just one thing by diane, but her shaped beadwork projects are all amazing!

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    1. Hi Shelley - you're entered to win! Thanks!

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  12. Another GOOD IDEA Amy. You rock!

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    1. I have good teachers ;)

      Thanks Shelley !

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  13. My favorite pattern or project is a tough call.... I LOVE both Diane's Temari Beads and Ginkgo Leaf Lariat equally. And thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of her Favorite Beading Projects..... it would be a wonderful addition to my "beading library"!

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    1. Hi Janet!
      Got your entry & welcome to my blog!!
      -Amy

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  14. I would like a chance to win this book

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    1. Hi Dori ! You're entered to win! Thanks for joining us.
      -Amy

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  15. Hi Amy, This is a very generous giveaway... I did #1 and #2 of the "list of possibilities"

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  16. #3 - favorite pattern: Gingo leave lariat

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  17. And shared it on my FB account (#4) here: https://www.facebook.com/kristen.m.ho

    Thanks!

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    1. Got your entries!! Thanks for participating & good luck !

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  18. followed the blog, awesome giveaway!

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  19. liked the facebook page :)

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  20. shared this post on my facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jet.kosanke

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  21. and a comment, lol- this is a very cool giveaway, i wish everyone luck!

    as far as favorite patterns- well, there's a lot, but i'm really loving those Fortune Teller beaded beads, yum!

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  22. Hard to pick one thing I like from Diane. I've followed her work since early 2000 in the beadwork magazines and her books.

    I followed this blog, I liked on FB, I shared on FB and I commented! lol Would love to add this to my beading library!

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    1. Thanks for enjoying the blog & good luck!

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  23. I became a blog follower, liked the FB page and would love to win Diane's book. I am a seed beader and would love to share this book with our Bead Society.
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Chris

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    1. Hi Chris - welcome to my blog & our FB page! Enjoy & good luck

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  24. I followed the blog and am looking forward to reading it!

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  25. I have "liked" the Bead & Glass Boutique's FB page - and now I'm going to spend some time looking at all her awesome photos. Shared on FB also. I would love to win this book! I really like the midnight snowflakes - very pretty!
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Debbi - welcome to the blog & our FB page !

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  26. The FB page for Bead & Glass Boutique is so nice. What an amazing transformation you brought to 40 S. Broadway.... it's a beautiful store!! I only wish I lived closer so I could visit “in person”.

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    1. Thank you for your kind compliments, Janet! It was a lot of work, but worth the effort.

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  27. Not sure if I'm eligible as in Australia, have liked the Facebook page.

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    1. Hi Jemma !! Of course you are eligible!! Welcome to the blog & Facebook page

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  28. Hi Amy, Can you share who the lucky winner is?? Thanks!

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  29. CONGRATULATIONS TO JANET !!

    She is the lucky winner of Diane Fitzgerald's Book !!

    Janet - send me your email & I'll contact you for shipping info.

    -Amy

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  30. Amy -

    Thank you SO MUCH!! I truly appreciate your generosity. Diane's book will be such a wonderful addition to my "Beading Book Library".

    Janet

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