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Bead Embroidery The Complete Guide: Bring New Dimension to Classic Needlework Spiral-bound – December 23, 2005
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This is a spiral bound book tucked inside of a hard cover so it will lay flat for reference purposes but still sit nicely on your shelf. It is a pleasant compact size, great for tucking into a small bag or container to take on the go. All pictures and diagrams are in full color.
The first 35 pages provide an "At a Glance" guide to 215 different needlepoint stitches, counted thread and crazy quilt stitches, freeform embroidery, smocking and ribbonwork stitches as well as various types of fringes. Each picture has a side by side showing the regular stitch and the stitch with beads!
There is a short chapter that deals with tools and materials, followed by a lengthy section on how to perform each one of the above mentioned 215 stitches. There are detailed diagrams and instructions for each one. This is definitely the BEST part of the book and completely invaluable!
The final (and weakest, in my opinion) section has a variety of projects to make with instructions and material lists for each. There is a short gallery of artists' beadwork which I personally did not find very inspiring, but gives you some new ideas all the same. At the end is a list of suppliers and other books to reference.
I love this book on the whole! It's a fabulously put together reference guide and pleasantly presented. It will be indispensible for years to come!
As such, if your goal is to add beads to decorative stitches on a cloth ground, this will be an superb book for you. However, as I was interested in a book about bead embroidery, i. e., works that are predominantly made of beads, this was not a useful book for me. While nicely done, the beading aspect is demonstrating how to add a few beads to the thread stitches.
All in all, a very nice book but make sure that it matches your sewing or beading needs.
Well worth the money if you are a stitcher and work with beads.
I'm planning to finish the dress that I'm working on a masterpiece and I would like to thank Jane Davis for this lovely book.
Now I know how to do it and try this book from A-Z I will.
Next stop, another embroidery project. Adieu!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very thorough, beautifully illustration with professional photographs, very good information and insipriing.Published 7 months ago by Michy
Not happy with the Kindle version....illustrations are fuzzy and are not helpful at all in black & white. Content is great, so I'll probably buy the book.Published 15 months ago by Gloria J. Duncan
This is a wonderful book on bead embroidery and really showed detailes in working projects.The illustrations on projects is colorful and well worked and worded! .Published 24 months ago by snow dove
The book is filled with interesting beading patterns and directions, which are very easy to follow and understand. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Connie
This is a great book for reference. I can remember my mother going out at nite with one of these little purses. I wanted all of them they were so cute.Published on April 11, 2013 by Kathy
If you want a reference of all the types of stitches in one place this is the book for you. Very complete.Published on February 1, 2013 by D. Townsend