|Horace Goodhue Book Cover|
I have since purchased two more copies of this book, and if need be I will purchase it again. It is not fancy. There are no color photos and in what photos do exist the details are difficult to discern. The diagrams are hand drawn. Mr. Goodhue developed his own acronyms, e.g. TB for turn back. Nonetheless, this will always be my favorite beading book. Apparently I am not alone in my fondness for Mr. Goodhue as the first review in Amazon is by none other than Diane Fitzgerald.
When I picked up this book, I was a beginner. I am absolutely sure that instructions these days are a better vetted for clarity and the diagrams are more informative. Yet, I still recommend it for beaders at all stages. This book includes instructions for Oglala Butterfly, Daisies, Ladders, Peyote, and much more.
One of my favorite patterns is the Apache Leaf pattern. It makes a beautiful short necklace with just a simple embellishment. I am sorry I cannot post a picture my necklace has been misplaced after 30 years!
I am also quite fond of the pointed zigzag which makes a great band for supporting a focal. It is a quick stitch with substantial width that lies nicely on the neck. I used this stitch for the neck strap of the necklace pictured below.
|Pointed Zig Zag neck strap from Horace Goodhue's instructions|