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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
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Sherry's instructions for embroidery stitches are clear and concise, and she gives great tips and insight into how she designs and her use of color. It's all meant for beaders to take the instruction and personalize it for their own design and color sensibility. The 25 projects offer enormous range -- beginners and experts, as well as those beaders in-between, will all want to grab up this inspiring book -- from simple to advanced designs, from classy and elegant to all-out-bling.
Sherry is a very popular teacher, and here's a bunch of classes all in one volume. This book joins the other ones in Lark Jewelry & Beading's Beadweaving Master Class series: books by Diane Fitzgerald, Marcia DeCoster, and Laura McCabe that have set new standards for what beading books can be.
The project names only tell you a little bit, but I'll list all 25 of them in Sherry's book here so you get a sense of the mix of pieces:
1. Spiked Angel Brooch
2. Shelz Earrings
3. Sweet Simplicity Necklace
4. Bee Bracelet
5. Rays of Sunshine Freeform Cuff
6. Funky Earrings
7. Goddess Pendant
8. Classy Lady Neckpiece
9. Donut and Pearl Cuff
10. Give Me a Ring
11. Freeform Beetle Necklace
12. Triple Play Brooch
13. Heavy-Metal Pyrite Pendant
14. Fade to Gray Cuff
15. Rock Star Cuff
16. Arizona Sunset Earrings
17. Classic Collar
18. Black Widow Collar
19. Rivoli Brooch
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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.Read more ›
I've been looking forward to getting this book for a long time and it was certainly worth the wait. It was even better than I expected. The projects are stunning! The step-by-step directions are clear and easy to follow. There are 25 projects in the book. The level of difficulty ranges from very simple to challenging. The techniques taught include peyote stitch, single-bead edging, and basic embroidery stitches.
This is such a great book at such a great price that I ordered another copy as a gift for my beading friend.
This excellent book is good for crafters of all skill levels. It starts by covering the "Basic Materials And Tools" and "Stitches And General Techniques", which gave me confidence that this is an affordable and even enjoyable method of jewelry making. It also helps that most crafters will already own many of the required tools.
The "Project" section includes 25 projects that vary from simplistic to extremely complicated. The instructions are very good and include details on the stitch types, bead types, and patterns required, as well as being accompanied by helpful diagrams and photos. Also, while some of the projects really aren't "my style", there is still much to be learned from trying out the different techniques.
The "Gallery" section is filled with a beautiful and inspiring selection of photos showing a range of bead embroidered jewelry styles. I am very impressed with the quality and artistry displayed throughout the book.
This is a great addition to my jewelry making book collection!
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Super book just loaded with suggestions and wonderful pictures.Published 8 months ago by Marilyn Shelley
I love this book. The author is clear with her instructions and it is not a hard read.Published 9 months ago by Sharon A. Saville
This book is a must for that those who want to learn Bead embroidery.... It's so inspiring.and that is part of my collection bead embroidery booksPublished 12 months ago by Mara B. De Jesús Carrillo
I think that Sherry Serafini is the Guru of bead embroidery. Beautiful photos of projects I can't wait to make!Published 13 months ago by Anonymous
I'm so happy I found Sherry's work and book. This is filled with gorgeous projects, easy to follow directions and great, useful tips!Published 15 months ago by Andrea Feinberg