I have been buying books left and right these days, and my most recent purchase is my new favorite. I got The Beader's Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Beading Techniques by Dorothy Wood for $12.54 (including shipping & handling) from Amazon. I borrowed it from the library (which I just got a membership to, and I'm super excited about it!) to make sure it was something I was going to want to keep. What can I say? It's amazing.
This book covers loom beading, stitching, embroidering, knitting/crocheting, fringing, wire work, and much more. I especially love how she explains the types, materials, sizes, and finishes of beads, as well as going into a variety of color schemes and how they work. She also covers tools such as pliers and needles as well as bead reamers and thread conditioners. She shows us different types of bead looms, mandrels, and wire jigs. I love that she uses a lot of pictures, but is also very descriptive. She doesn't rely on just one or the other. I love how much this book has taught me and I was so glad my boyfriend bought it for me! I'm constantly picking it up when I have forgotten something or just need some inspiration. Did I mention it has over 30 projects to inspire in addition to all the techniques it covers? She also includes some bead charts and a list of great suppliers. Definitely a book worth checking out.