Earring Designs by Sig Book 1, by Sigrid Wynne-Evans -- A Book Review

A pair of earrings I beaded from one of the patterns in this book using Delica beads
A pair of earrings I beaded from one of the patterns in this book using Delica beads


Earring Designs by Sig: Book 1 came along from artist Sigrid Wynne-Evans after she’d been in business with beading for ten years, and had taught beading for four years. Since then, Wynne-Evans has published a number of popular beading books, including other earring books and a number of beaded tapestry books. She is well-known in several different areas of the beading world, and is a well-respected name in beaded artwork.

About Earring Designs by Sig: Book 1

The 46 earring designs contained in this book include a fairy, seahorse, dragonfly, pandas, fish, and several birds and western designs. The result is a diverse collection that has something to offer for a variety of tastes.

Earring Designs by Sig: Book 1 starts off with a brick-stitch tutorial, as well as detailed instructions on how to finish each earring once the beading is complete. These instructions are geared toward being easy to follow and understand even for first-time beaders. Wynne-Evans also includes an explanation of various bead types and sizes, thread, workstation layout, and a little commentary of beading as a business.

The patterns and diagrams are hand-drawn, black-and-white illustrations with suggestions for the colors. Four full-color pages grace the center of the book, allowing you to get an idea of what the finished pieces look like using the provided suggestions. In addition, these can give some great inspiration for various fringe techniques and additions.

Each project is a triangle with dangles, or diamond-shaped with optional dangles. There is no increasing involved, which can get tricky for beginners, and decreasing is clearly explained in the tutorial.


The Reviewer’s Thoughts and Experiences

This book was originally published in 1956, but the designs are still just as relevant as ever. However, the suggestions for beads are a little outdated; beading has seen a significant increase in popularity over the last couple of decades, and so the available options have changed dramatically for the better.

While the book suggests using “Indian” beads, many beaders (especially beginners) may opt to use Delica beads, by Japanese manufacturer Miyuki Shoji. These beads are astonishingly uniform, and their rectangular shape with more defined edges give the finished project a much more professional finish. In addition, the holes are larger than the average seed bead of comparable size, and the options for colors and finishes are much more varied than other bead brands.

It should be noted that not all of the patterns are shown in the full-color finished pictures, which would be a preference when the bead suggestions only give generic colors (i.e. orange, green, yellow, as opposed to describing a shade). The task of selecting good colors would be made easier if there were examples of how the colors go together for all of the patterns.

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