Hey Lois! I just saw your comment on my Stalker page. The first book that I bought when I started beadweaving was Mastering Beadwork by Carol Cypher. I bought it because #1 it covers every stitch that you can use to bead and teaches you the basics, from there, I've expanded to create my own stitches and #2 because it lies flat. I could see that that would be a big deal when I started beading. I hope that helps and good luck with your adventures!