About the Book
Gone are the days when hand-drawn diagrams are acceptable, but it can seem like a huge investment to look at buying professional drawing or design software. It is quite likely that you already have Microsoft Office installed on your computer, in which case, you may well have Powerpoint.
This booklet will show you how to use Powerpoint - a tool that you already have - to draw professional-looking beading diagrams that you can easily add to your written instructions. You will be introduced to the Powerpoint commands that you need, shown how to draw beads, add thread paths and label diagrams. You will learn lots of editing tricks for speeding up the drawing process and making your diagrams as clear as possible. You will also be shown how to create representations of shaped seed beads and taken step-by-step through the process for drawing a Peyote stitch diagram. This booklet gives you the opportunity to see professional diagrams and consider the techniques they have used. It is also packed with handy tips and ideas to make your diagram-drawing experience as painless as possible.
Katie Dean has been designing beading projects for over thirteen years. She was professionally trained in Powerpoint and is also a qualified adult teacher. She has also worked in the publishing industry and as a beading magazine editor, so she is well-versed in the needs of professional beadwork publishers. Katie brings all this experience together in this booklet, passing on her knowledge and personal tips to help you create your own professional beading diagrams. Whether you want to create professional hand-outs for teaching your projects or you are hoping to see your work published in a book or magazine, 'How to Draw Beading Diagrams in Powerpoint' will be an invaluable tool for you
I began beading back in 2003 after being diagnosed with a serious illness. The beading proved to be a powerful tool in my recuperation. After teaching myself beading and jewellery making techniques, I moved straight on to designing my own work. I was invited to publish my first design in a magazine in 2006. I have won several beading competitions both in the UK and internationally, including the British Bead Awards. In 2010 I wrote my first beading book, with designs for miniature beaded cakes to celebrate special occasions. In 2012 I left my 'day job' to work full-time as a writer and bead artist. I gained a teaching qualification and regularly teach beadwork designs and techniques throughout the UK. In 2014 I was invited to become editor of Bead and Jewellery Magazine. I am probably best known for my beaded wedding bouquets - they look like fresh flowers! - and my beaded cakes...the calorie-free answer for those with a sweet tooth!