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review of my favorite books

I'm very happy to hold today these two marvelous volumes of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. 
I've got to say that I'm amazed not only by the collection of the astonishing beadwork but also by the quality of the paper and the photography art too! So well done!!

Every single page of these books is a box, which contains a little masterpiece. So I would modestly call the two volumes of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, books of treasures!
Small pieces of art, collected from all over the globe, introduce both readers and beaders to the highest classes of beading!

The fascinating variety of beads and the exquisite geometric shapes composing those astonishing pieces,offer you, due to simple but explicated tips and patterns, the opportunity to create yours, even if you are an amateur!!
Isn’t that just great?!

This professional, accurate and genius work, makes this book an indispensable tool that turns beading into a great experience!
I feel grateful and happy to have it! LOVE IT!


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