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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871167506
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871167507
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Amee K. Sweet-McNamara’s work is sold through shops and galleries and she teaches at regional shows. Amee runs her own website where she sells kits, raw soutache, and video tutorials for working with soutache. She lives in Nashua, NH.

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When people ask me, "Why is your art-business called 'Amee Runs with Scissors?'' I usually just laugh and say that it sounds a whole lot sexier than "Amee Eats Paste."

In truth, it has more to do with my creative process than I can usually articulate in a five-minute conversation without sounding like I might need a jacket that ties in the back. You see, in my day-to-day reality, I am actually a bit of a rule-follower... a box-checking, i-dotting, t-crossing, ultra-responsible kind of girl. My creative spirit, however, seems to be about as predictable as a sugared up six-year-old. I know this because when I am truly immersed in something really creative, coming up with something wholly new, I become aware of strange, inexplicable sensation of surreptitiousness... an "almost-guilt..." like I'm getting away with something sort of mischievous and I might - at any moment - be... caught! Doing what, you ask?

I have no idea.

But I have come to trust this feeling - to listen to this wild-eyed, slightly-manic inner-child who might whisper something as wacky as, "I wonder would happen if I mix Tang and chocolate milk," because she's just as likely to say, "Hey! Let's put some Ultra-suede in the Sizzix machine!"

I work out of my home in New Hampshire making one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable-art textile-jewelry. I teach private and group classes and my technique, Soutache-and-Bead Embroidery involves hand-stitching yards and yards of soutache braid and hundreds of tiny beads.

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Excellent book for learning soutache.
Cheryl Lee Ludwig
The instructions and layout are very clear, and the nice large photos help you easily follow along with each step.
Leanne
Now we will learn to refine it, until we get as good as we possibly could be, just from a book.
Jean Baldridge Yates

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Whidbey Mary VINE VOICE on November 4, 2013
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I just received this book today and read the entire thing in one sitting. I have a large collection of craft books and this is by far the Gold Standard of all craft books!

I recently decided to try soutache - was completely ignorant of the techniques required. This book does a great job of presenting the material in order from beginner to intermediate. A complete list and explanation of supplies including, in some cases, brand examples. The projects begin with easier ones ending with more complex projects and, if done in that order, the lessons from one are used in the next project along with a few new techniques thereby building on each other. But the highlight of this book is the use of step by step photos. Every project has clear, high quality, close up shots of each and every step. I have never before seen such carefully executed depictions of steps involved in a project. For instance, the first project (Princess Earrings) has 18 photos each thoroughly explained. The cover necklace (Beaded Lariat) has 33 photos.

This book will meet the needs of those who prefer to learn via pictures or those who prefer to read directions - both are done with great care and thoroughness. The author's style of writing is comfortable; like being taught by a friend. There's whimsy and humor dotting the information making it easy to follow and understand.

Ms. Sweet-McNamera's impressive book educates and inspires. What more could one ask for?  
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Amee K. "Runs With Scissors" Sweet-McNamara is the author of this delightful book. To say she knocks this one right out of the box is an understatement.
She combines the grand elegance and the classic history of soutache (a form of fabric jewelry art derived from the French tradition of embellishing uniforms with "passmenterie") with a great big dash of her own extraordinary personality, The end result is an irresistible new take on soutache which even a beginner to this at times daunting seeming technique can embrace with ease and pleasure.

This is not to say that Soutache & Bead Embroidery is just a book for newbies. You can know how to create this glorious type of fabric and bead jewelry from way back, but there is still so much you have to learn available here! Why? Because this designer will become your best friend as soon as you open the book, color wise! But that is not all! She has a sense of vivaciousness evidenced by her nickname and fun which changes up the very nature of soutache. You haven't seen soutache until you have seen it done by Ms. Sweet-McNamara! It has an appealing sort of charm and an inventiveness which is disarming.

There isn't one project in here that this reviewer didn't want to really dive into immediately. I studied all of them carefully, not knowing what to admire about each one first! They are all so different and it isn't just the great sense of color, which is fascinating . The way the author approaches color is very unique, but not in the least bit odd. It is purely beautiful. If you take a look at the intricacies of the colors on the cover of the book above, you can see how remarkably suited to this amazing technique the author is.
So there's her great ability with color...but wait, there is more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Brigger on November 23, 2013
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I have tons of soutache and a couple of books on how to make soutache jewelry. None of those books really show how to start or finish off the soutache. This one does. Clear direction and pictures. I love this kind of jewelry. So pretty and different. This book gives me inspiration to get going. Finally I have all the directions from start to finish to complete my own designs. Thanks for not being selfish with the information Amee and thanks for your book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By knittingjeweler on November 5, 2013
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During a vacation to Maine, I wandered into a gift shop and found the most beautiful jewelry for sale that i have ever seen. The wonderful salesperson let me take my time to wonder over it and I had one of those; "how the heck did she do that?" moments. As it turned out, it was soutache jewelry and I have been dreaming about it ever since. I love combining beading and fibers and have been looking for instructions when I came upon the listing for this book.

I just opened my magic Amazon package tonight and read the book in one sitting. If you have any desire at all, or even curiosity about, this art form, you could find no better resource than this book. It starts out with simple projects to get you started and then builds into more complex pieces. While the projects are great, this book seems to be written toward using the instructions as a launching point to making and designing pieces of your own. I am off to check out soutache vendors and pilfering through my stack of cabs and beads to put something together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madame on March 27, 2014
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The photos in the book are lovely, for me however, the ideas and color-ways were not as sophisticated as I would have liked. This is a subjective evaluation and one you need to obviously evaluate for yourself.
Additionally securing the beginning and ending soutache is so important, and I felt the book was lacking in ways to keep bulk and glue under control which is essential for keeping this trim from unraveling, showing on the face of the work, and leaving a lumpy surface. I would have appreciated far more photos and information concerning the back of the work.
I feel the author did not intentionally leave out any pertinent information, and perhaps others are better learners from her written methods than I, but I found the information a bit incomplete.
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