Monday, April 7, 2014

Book Spotlight: Dimensional Bead Embroidery

Cabochons, fringe, and oodles of lovely seed beads - is there anything more exciting than a perfectly stitched piece of bead embroidery? Experienced designers create and construct designs that are as stunning as they are intimidating to beginners, but the good news is the techniques are deceptively simple - no matter what the size of the project may be.

In Dimensional Bead Embroidery,Jamie Cloud Eakin lays out all of the basics for bead embroidery, guiding readers through the process with ease. Unlike many beading instruction books, this reference guide focuses mainly on the techniques and how to execute them, rather than on how-to’s for finished designs. Although there are 9 projects complete with instructions, it’s the chapters on materials, stitches, and design methods that make this book an invaluable tool for beaders.

Jamie begins with an overview of all the beads, materials, and tools needed to create the pieces shown in the book, as well as new experiments in bead embroidery. Then it’s on to the teaching chapters. Starting with the simplest steps - such as knotting and adding thread, and selecting a backing and design - every aspect of the craft is explored in detail with helpful diagrams and gorgeous example photos. An abundance of stitches, bezels, and fringes are explored, providing readers with a wonderful palette of techniques to add to their designs.

Dimensional Bead Embroiderycloses with a stunning gallery of jewelry by some of bead embroidery’s best designers. My personal favorite is the whimsical Under the Sea bib necklace by Diane Mahan. If you long to try the amazing free style techniques of bead embroidery, or want to add new stitches to your repertoire, this book is a must read!

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