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Product Details

  • Series: Lark Jewelry & Beading
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600597963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600597961
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jamie Cloud Eakin's latest book is a valuable instructional tool for bead-embroidery fans of all skill levels. More than 30 different techniques are clearly illustrated with thorough instructions: 10 surface stitches, 11 edging techniques, seven bezel stitches, and four techniques showing how to attach the embroidered piece to a necklace or bracelet. Step out of the seed-beads-only mindset, and learn clever ways to use rivolis, crystals, donuts, and buttons in your bead-embroidery projects. In addition, this book offers detailed instructions to complete nine projects. With more than 200 photographs, including a gallery of beadwork by a variety of artists, Dimensional Bead Embroidery is a book you will refer to over and over again." - Bead&Button magazine
 
"Spanning bead-stitching techniques through bead-design strategy, Jamie Cloud Eakin's Dimensional Bead Embroidery: A Reference Guide to Techniques provides a wealth of knowledge. The photo gallery and 9 step-by-step projects make this encyclopedic book a solid addition to your library." - Beadwork magazine, February/March 2012 issue
 
"Bead embroidery is a seriously addictive technique, and with Jamie Cloud Eakin's expert guidance you'll be adding fuel to the beading fire in no time. Learn basic surface stitches, and then embellish on that knowledge with bezel stitches, edge treatment stitches, and attachment stitches. ... The gorgeous photography will keep you wanting more. This book is just awesome!" - Bead Design Studio magazine, February 2012
 
"One of the most comprehensive bead embroidery books out there, with tons of sample photos and illustrations. A visual and functional delight." - Jill Wiseman
 
"Jamie Cloud Eakin is an excellent beading source, (and) Dimensional Bead Embroidery is a visual feast for your eyes." - Sara Hardin, Soft Flex Company
 
"Demonstrates how to combine seed beads with embroidery to create jewelry that includes elements such as cabochons, fiber, and other types of beads. The book is more of a techniques book ... with some beautiful hand-stitched jewelry designs. Many of the projects and sample pieces photographed throughout the book were (pieces) I could wear every day. The author provides a lot of detail in this book, so I feel comfortable recommending it to beginning bead weavers. Jamie Cloud Eakin deserves to be very proud of this book!" (5-star review) - About.com Jewelry Making
 
"The work in this book is just stunning. And I really like how the material is organized and presented. Once I finished reading (the) huge wealth of information, really enough to have you on your way, I realized there was more. There were projects in the book, too! Nine of them to be exact. I guess you can tell I am enthused by this book: Don’t let the elaborate, stunning photographs put you off. No matter where you are in your beading journey, if you want to try bead embroidery, you now have access to a fantastic teaching book to help you." - The Bead Dreamer
 
"Dimensional Bead Embroidery is one of those books you absolutely should get if you have any interest in learning bead embroidery or building on existing skills. I'm really impressed with the clear photography, comprehensive diagrams and very clear text. The projects are gorgeous and will garner many compliments." - Bella Online
 
"I cannot praise this book enough. It accomplishes what it sets out to do with every step clear and well explained. It's a beautiful book, and one anyone can learn from. There is nothing like jawdroppingly beautiful photos, clearly taken and stunning, to keep a person learning and loving a jewelry technique book. The drawings which assist the reader to learn each specific technique are excellent as well. This wonderful book will serve as a reference guide and, additionally, will also inspire any beader who is aching to learn to bead embroider with seed beads." - Jean Yates 
 
"There are plenty of great books that are project oriented. But there comes a time when you want to create your own piece. In developing yourself as an artist in your own right, you will want to stop reproducing what someone else created. This book gives you the tools. And very good tools at that. ... This book gives plenty of valuable tips and techniques to help anyone become a bead artist in their own right. I highly recommend this book for beginners to advanced beaders alike. I am really beginning to think that Lark Jewelry & Beading has set the bar for quality beading books so high that other publishers just cannot come close." - Sig Wynne-Evans
 
“(A) great book ... Jamie Cloud Eakin showcases her beading talents and helps you master the techniques with nine projects to make and a gallery filled with gorgeous pieces by other jewelry artists. Jamie will help you select tools and materials, then walk you through the techniques with photos and diagrams to make it easy to understand.” - Craft Gossip Jewelry Making
 
"Dimensional Bead Embroidery is another book by Jamie Cloud Eakin, and it's the perfect companion to her first book, Beading with Cabochons. It's more technique than project-based because it's a reference guide, so it's bound to appeal to people who, like me, prefer working on their own projects to focusing on the ones in books. There's enough material to keep even an experienced beader busy and inspired, since she features a number of techniques that I haven't seen in any of the other books on this subject, including her first book." - Saturday Sequins blog
 
“A gem for seed bead lovers! You'll learn surface stitches, bezel stitches, edge treatments, and attachments. Following these in-depth instructions, you'll find nine projects, including one for a brooch and one for a purse. The gallery is inspiring and gorgeous, as is the entire book. This book will appeal to all skill levels.” --Lori Anderson, Pretty Things blog
 


Praise for Jamie Cloud Eakin's Beading with Cabochons:
 
"The designs are all beautiful and have a dramatic neo-Victorian look. Highly recommended." --Library Journal

About the Author

Jamie Cloud Eakin has been a professional bead artist for two decades. She has taught at the Bead&Button Show and sells her work in galleries across North America. She is the author of the best-selling Beading with Cabochons and Bugle Bead Bonanza, and her work has been featured in many magazines and books, including Beading with World Beads and The Beader's Color Palette. Jamie was born in Illinois and now resides in Modesto, California.
 

 

More About the Author

Jamie Cloud Eakin was born in Illinois and now resides in California. Her love of beads was born in Illinois and now resides around the world in her books and her beaded creations sold in fine galleries. Her books range from the complicated and exquisite to the simply fun and beautiful. All of the books are full of beautiful photographs and clear, concise illustrations and instructions. Other books which feature some of her designs include Bedazzled (P Diamonti), Beading with World Beads (R. Hemachandra), The Beaders Color Palette by Margie Deeb and Beading All Stars (Lark 2014).

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Lots of great ideas and inspiration.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in creating artwork with bead embroidery.
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Instructions are very clear, and the pictures are great.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
I spent a glorious day with this new book, by the author of the incredibly well-received earlier books, Beading with Cabochons, and Bugle Bead Bonanza.

What makes this book special? Frankly, it is the very fact that it IS an instruction/technique book, rather than a book offering projects (although the nine projects which ARE offered, at the end of the book, are stunning).
Therefore it focuses primarily on technique, with the fabulous projects for the reader to soar with, after learning or brushing up on, via the previous chapters, all there is to know. A quote I found appropriate to describe this super book is that it is "a remarkable, 160-page encyclopedic guide to bead embroidery techniques with plenty of material for beginners and experienced beaders alike" .
This is the great concept which makes Dimensional Bead Embroidery so successful in purveying understanding, clearly and in a most excellent manner, to the reader, at every turn.

This great technique book also has going for it an astounding collection of beautiful photos (hundreds of them! to assist with the reader's learning and desire to keep ON learning. There is nothing like a vast collection of jawdroppingly beautiful photos, clearly taken and stunning, to keep a person learning and loving a jewelry technique book. The drawings which assist the reader to learn each specific technique are excellent as well.

Ms. Eakin's book is divided into 9 chapters, and then there is a gallery with what I would consider museum quality contributions from other amazing beaders.

Chapter 1 contains a list of materials and tools which you will require.
Chapter 2 is "Basic Techniques".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Dimensional Bead Embroidery is one of those books you absolutely should get if you have any interest in learning bead embroidery, or building on existing skills.

The first chapter covers tools and supplies and explains about backing materials. Each of the projects are done on a foundation which is backed with another fabric after it's embroidered to cover the stitches.

The second chapter gets into techniques, and starts from the very basics. It doesn't assume you know anything about bead embroidery which makes it a good book to learn from if you're a beginner. It talks about how to tie secure knots, finding and marking the center of the foundation you will be beading on.

Then you learn how to plan a design working around a focal element like a cabochon and more detail on choosing the right backing material for your project, as well as tips for strengthening it if necessary. This chapter also has an overview of edging and finishing techniques.

Using components give tips on how to use irregular components that don't have flat backs, have holes you want to cover and when you should glue a component down to the backing material.

Then it gets into the stitches. If you overview the first few chapters and it's all things you're fairly confident about, this is where it gets exciting.
If you're a beginner to bead embroidery, this chapter covers how to do the 3 basic embroidery stitches, back stitch, couched stitch and lazy stitch, as well as variations like stacks stitch, loop stitch, picot stitch and other very textured stitches.

Bezel stitches is where it starts getting very exciting for people who've done bead embroidery before. The author has a bunch of different bezels that are ornamental and functional.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jill Wiseman on October 12, 2011
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I own several very wonderful books on the topic of bead embroidery...but I have to admit, there's a new favorite on my bookshelf now! As I first flipped quickly through the pages I found my jaw dropping at the shear volume and quality of photographic examples. There's nothing more inspiring than looking at the work of others, and this book provides significantly more of that stimulation than your average book.

On my second, and far slower pass, I was drawn in by the finely detailed instructions on a huge variety of bead embroidery options. Not just photos, but a bazillion or so illustrations show exactly how to create the effects Jamie Cloud Eakin explains - many of which I've never seen before. I also especially liked the step-by-step demonstrations of the order and process to bead the projects. Very helpful for those who get paralyzed by not knowing where to start or how to progress.

Personally, I can't wait to go grab my stash of beads and get to work on some bead embroidery myself. Thank you, Jamie, for lighting my bead embroidery fire again!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Leanne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2011
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When I first saw that this book came out, I passed it by, thinking that I didn't need it since I already have a small collection of bead embroidery books, including Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry Projects (Beadweaving Master Class Series), The Art of Bead Embroidery, and Beading on Fabric: Encyclopedia of Bead Stitch Techniques. At a beading class last weekend taught by Jill Wiseman (whom I see has also already reviewed this book), however, Jill said that is was a fantastic book that was worth picking up -- so, of course, I had to immediately order it to add to my beading library. It's definitely worth it! If I could give this book six stars, I would -- it's that amazing.

As other reviewers have remarked, what is noteworthy about this book is that instead of just including a short chapter at the beginning that covers techniques, this book spends the first 88 pages going over various techniques in detail. Although I didn't pay attention to it at first, the subtitle of this book is _A Reference Guide to Techniques_, and that is most certainly what this is. The in-depth coverage is fantastic, and I learned some new skills that I can immediately put to use.

For instance, I was taught to bezel cabochons onto the backing by using peyote or perhaps netting, depending on the size of the cab.
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