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Beading on Fabric: Encyclopedia of Bead Stitch Techniques Spiral-bound – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680043
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Plenty of inspiration to set the creative juices flowing and needles stitching." - Monsters and Critics.com

"People have been asking me which book I'd recommend for learning bead embroidery. This is it... It's really that good." - BellaOnline.com Guide to Beadwork

"Add just a touch of sparkle to your quilts or create a totally encrusted piece. Here's everything you need to know." - Quilter's Newsletter

"Don Pierce is one of the finest loom artists the bead world knows... This is a beautiful and must-have book." - About.com Guide to Beadwork

"Loaded with photographs and illustrations sure to put anyone in the beading mood." - Bangor Daily News

"This book gives you the fundamentals for combining beads with fabric, and then shows you the heights to which you can climb once you add an obsession for fabric to your beader's stash." - Bead Society of Greater Chicago

"This book will help you add sparkle, texture, and dimension to your work." - Notions, a publication of the American Sewing Guild

About the Author

Larkin Jean Van Horn is a mixed-media artist who works with art quilts, beadwork, wearable art, and liturgical textiles. Her work has been displayed and has won honors both regionally and nationally. She is a teacher, a lecturer, and the author of Beadwork for Fiber Artists. She lives on Whidbey Island, Washington.


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Instructions were clear, pictures beautiful and had lots of detail.
Gail Salinas
I found this to be a very helpful and inspiring book, and will recommend it to my friends who are wanting to begin beading as well.
Carol Norris
I can barely wait to begin a project that was inspired by this book.
C. Peterson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By pwindsinspirations on August 21, 2006
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
I finally know what to do with all the "weird" Beads I just had to have for no other reason than they looked different. I love the Picture instructions on beading cabs. I would liked to have seen more of these types of instructions. That is my only complaint. If you can see the patterns in your head the written instructions are clear enough. Her chapter on tools and materials is very good and she even explains the types of threads most books do not cover as well as the glues, scissors, needles, hoops and frames and even includes the newest craze, Fire Line and Power Pro. Chapter 2 is all about beads including my "weird" beads.

Her pictures are beautiful and most are nicely detailed so you can see the beads used and you get an idea on color combinations. Every bead book should be spiral bound so they can lay flat like this one!
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Carol Norris on July 26, 2006
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Having forgotten that I had ordered this book before it was published, I was pleasantly surprised when it came yesterday. Wow, am I glad that I ordered it! It provides great information about beading on various types of fabrics, the different types of beads and tips as well as things to watch out for from the author. I am new to beading and have been wanting to add it to my quilt blocks and hand made clothing for a while. This book has a large number of her completed pieces in full color and provides explanations for the techniques she used on each one. I found this to be a very helpful and inspiring book, and will recommend it to my friends who are wanting to begin beading as well. Great job, Ms. Van Horn.
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kathie Condon on May 25, 2008
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I have been TRYING to bead on fabric for several months now. When I received this book I sat and read it from cover to cover. I can say that I will now be able to bead on fabric without any problems. This is the best book I have ever come across on beading on fabric. It gives you instructions for beading on all types of fabric. The pictures are great and the instructions are easy to understand. If you have money for only one book and you want to make your beading on fabric more professional looking, this is the book to buy!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 9, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Lately a few people have been asking me which book I would recommend for learning bead embroidery. This is it folks.
Interweave Press has a history of fantastic books, and this one lives up to that history.

It's spiral bound in a hard cover so it will lie flat while you're working,and it's laid out logically for the absolute beginner in bead embroidery. The first chapter covers tools, the second is about beads, the third chapter explains the different types of bead embroidery, it goes on to stitches and projects. There are gorgeous and inspiring examples throughout the book, and the illustrations of technique are easily understandable.

Bead embroidery doesn't have to be scary, it's a fun technique that's able to do things woven beads won't do. This book will take a lot of the mystery out of it for you.

And yes, when my friends ask "Can you recommend a good book for learning bead embroidery?" I tell them about this one. It's really that good.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Sharon I. Smith on August 30, 2007
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This book was a real inspiration for me to try free-form bead embroidery. The information on supplies and techniques is helpful, but I found the pictures of her work were the most valuable part of the book, giving me all sorts of ideas to try in my own beading.

Some might think this book is only a showcase of one beader's work, and it is, but that is what makes it useful.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Marion S. Kuritz on March 11, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
The elements of beginning and more advanced bead embroidery on fabric are covered in a friendly discussion approach, offering you choices after an explanation of an element. The details are well done and understandable; and the book is very easy to use since it is spiral bound. The illustrations are inspiring because they show fabrics and combinations that you can use as a basis for your own creations.The variety of stitches are shown in the detail necessary to give a professional looking result.
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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gail Salinas on August 30, 2006
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This book was more along the lines I was looking for in fabric beading. Instructions were clear, pictures beautiful and had lots of detail. I will enjoy using this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Mora on April 11, 2009
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I have not done alot of beading. This books instructions and illustrations are very clear. I am not planning on creating art pieces like the author, but would like to start working on my own belly dance costumes. This book had the basic beading on fabric and fringe variations. Just what I needed.
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