Introduction from Author
When Suzanne and I discussed the focus of my first
book for Design Originals, we agreed that I should develop a series
of innovative projects using most of the bead weaving stitches.
But what should the unifying principle be? Suzanne
came up with the bright idea for me to work with cubes and triangles.
Since there isn't much available on using these beads, I knew she
had a god idea. But before I agreed, I took a huge mental gulp.
There's a reason why cubes and triangles are under-represented
in project books. They're tricky beads to use well with those sharp
angles and big holes. And I'd done very little with them for that
But I like a fun challenge and knew this would be
a really big one. After mulling over ideas about cubes and triangles,
I finally got started with a list of stitches I wanted to tackle.
I started with something easy, doodling with needle,
thread and beads to develop the "Window Bracelet." After
that, one idea led to the next at a dizzying rate, and I was suddenly
inventing and adapting stitches. Finally, I had to say enough -
for volumes I and II.
I hope you enjoy these projects as much as I have
because if you do, you will join me in asking Toho to start
making these fascinating beads in a lot more colors - and
I'll get to create more designs.
About the Author
Alice Korach is the founding editor of Bead&Button
Magazine. Her idea in starting the magazine was that there were
many people like her who wanted to know how beautiful beadwork was
created, and she was right!
From childhood on, Alice practiced almost all forms
of needle art, taking up beading when she was eight and knitting
at eleven. She always loved teaching and sharing her skills and
knowledge with others. In her first career, Alice earned a Ph.D.
in English literature and became a college professor. The biggest
problem with academia for her was that one was required to write
uninteresting articles for a limited audience of hostile specialists.
So Alice moved on to Threads Magazine where
she was an editor in all areas of fiber arts, particularly knitting,
and contributed numerous articles of her own work, most notably,
the first article explaining bead knitting since the early years
of the 20th century.
Alice always knew that she was a good technician and
a skilled designer, but she only gradually learned that she was
also an artist when she had the privilege of learning pate de verre
from Donna Milliron. Alice went on to create dozens of unique three-dimensional
glass sculptures including figurative, abstract, and floral works.
Practicing art in glass freed something within her that has led
to an artistic flowering in other forms of bead art as well.
Alice teaches at national conventions and shops,
particularly at the "Bead Needs" shop in
Hales Corners, Wisconsin.
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