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Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery: 25 Inspiring Jewelry Projects (Beadweaving Master Class Series) Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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"The designs in this book are impressive, to say the least. I kept catching myself saying 'Wow.' With 25 projects, there is a lot to pick from too." - About.com Jewelry Making
"One of the queens of bead embroidery, Sherry Serafini, has been tapped to write one of the Beadweaving Master Class series for Lark Jewelry & Beading. Sherry Serafini's Sensational Bead Embroidery joins the series with 25 beautiful projects that she leads you through step by step. As with all the books in the Beadweaving Master Class series, a serious beginner will find the book enthralling. Intermediates and advanced practitioners will find much to challenge and inspire. I recommend this book as much for its inspirational value as for its clear teaching." - Beading Arts
"Her book is excellent. She gives the methods she uses to design those amazing pieces. The projects are very adaptable to your personal tastes. If you're a beginner to bead embroidery, the rings, earrings and brooches are smaller projects that will help you learn the basics of bead embroidery. If you're ready for a bigger challenge, the cuff bracelets have more beadwork and a bigger canvas for creation. Then you can learn to do the collars. The intricately beaded and impressive collars are just wonderful. It's a wonderful resource for bead embroidery enthusiasts and people who would like to learn how to do bead embroidery. It is absolutely sensational." - Bella Online
"Her beaded creations are wearable art. Sherry shares both step-by-step instructions in her book for 25 projects along with basic rules and stitches for you to explore and develop your own creative voice." - Craft Gossip
"A true work of art!" - L.A. Jewelry Designs
"Voted a Top 10 Teacher by Bead & Button magazine, beadwork artist Sherry Serafini shows how to create 25 stunning pieces to wear. The designs are truly show stopping. This book is appropriate for all levels, but some of the jewelry pieces are geared for advanced beaders. A thorough look at all the jewelry pieces show the reader just what can be accomplished with a simple needle and thread and different craft beads, both old and new." - Suite101
"If you have had the desire to create with the bead embroidery technique, then this is the book to buy. Brilliance on every page!" - The Beadwright
About the Author
Sherry Sherafini is a beadwork artist who has been creating beaded body adornment since 1997. She teaches and lectures throughout the US and her work has been widely published. Her one-of-a-kind designs have been worn by Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and pieces are owned by Melissa Etheridge and Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas. Sherry has written several books and is featured in Masters: Beadweaving (9781600590399).
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Since another reviewer already provided a list of projects, I won't also do so. Instead, I will just say that each piece is just exquisite! Each of the 25 projects focuses on bead embroidery, and pretty much all of them use a "cabochon as a focal piece," as Serafini describes it in her intro to the book. Some of the projects are more basic, while others are definitely for more advanced beaders. If you are new to bead embroidery, I would suggest starting with some of the easier pieces, before moving on to the more challenging ones.
In addition to providing a supply list for each project, there is also a pattern to trace for many of the pieces, each one of which is done in actual size. This should make doing the projects much easier. (I've done three of Sherry's kits before, and when they come with the pattern, it makes the project much more do-able!) Her instructions look like they are as clear as they were in her previous book, and the close-up diagrams are well-paced at tricky parts in the instructions.
The only negatives are that I only wish that the bead colors for the samples were listed, but I know that not all instructors do this in their books. There is also no resource list for supplies at the back of the book, but there is a lovely gallery of pieces, all by other bead embroidery artists. There are also additional photos of Sherry's pieces sprinkled throughout the book.
The last great thing is that this is one of Lark's new hardcover books (like Marcia De Coster's, Laura McCabe's, and Diane Fitzgerald's new books), which make beading from the book so easy. I hate having to fight with paperback books to get them to lie flat while I'm working, and this new hardcover series makes it a breeze to keep the instructions in easy view.
Overall, this is a book full of eye candy! If you're an admirer of Serafini's pieces, it's worth it just to even look at her beautiful work! Sherry is one of my favorite beading artists, and I'm so excited that her book is out early so I can start making some of these pieces!
I have seen alot of vendors out there take her designs redo it under different colors and say they are the designer of this product. I make mine and wear it, it takes too long to just outright sell it for 400.00. My products when I make mine takes many hours to complete them... from 1500 hours to 9 months to complete working 4 hours a day, cause your eyes seem to go batty when you do work too many hours with fine seed beads... Love the work, im presently making for myself a bracelet that has all kinds of Browns... its called Browny... coming out just like my cat Pookie she is Maine Coon so I wanted it to look like her she is so beautiful. with all her browns, beiges and yellow and blonding white in her. If I had to sell my wares, i would not design it under the style of Sherrys I would sell it and make it totally different and prices would sell at 1400.00 and Up, mostly for the time, cause these necklaces are very heavy... weigh alot from 3-5 pounds... like carrying a dog around your neck!!
Buyer beware! If you have the one with the cover depicting the wavy cuff, don NOT purchase this one.... it’s the same!
BOY am I glad I got this one! No, the directions are not explicit. That's because she encourages the reader to let the beads lead in the designing of each piece. This got my creativity all hyped up, as I am completely unable to stick to a pattern, or even a recipe, in its entirety. She DOES give you projects and directions for completing them though, so don't think there aren't any projects in the book. There are plenty, and the styles vary.
As soon as I opened it, I knew this was the type of beading I've been wanting to do. I create bead woven pieces with a needle and thread; now I can add this type of bead embroidery to my repertoire. Five stars!