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"This is a magnificent book that deserves a place in every serious beader's collection. Sherry's artistry and talent for teaching come through in every page to make this book a must-have for new and experienced beaders alike." - About.com: Beadwork
"Sherry Serafini's beadwork and jewelry projects are truly masterful, and for intermediate to advanced beaders this book, like all the books in the Beadweaving Master Class series, will be inspirational and sought after. Yet, because the book primarily utilizes (and teaches) bead embroidery, it is also accessible and doable for beginning beaders and general crafters. And Sherry's work and voice both make the book simply great fun." - Ray Hemachandra
"When I think of bead embroidery, Sherry Serafini usually comes to mind. Her excellent choices of materials, precise stitching, and overall knock-out creations are inspiring to say the least. If you are familiar with embroidery, this book is set up for you to jump right in, but a motivated beginner shouldn't have any trouble following the clear instructions either." - Bead&Button
"If you're one of the many beaders who can't get enough of Sherry Serafini's exquisite work, you'll love her new book. Twenty-five stunning jewelry projects from simple rings to elaborate neckpieces will have you stitching Sherry's way in no time." - Super Beadwork
"As inspirational books go, this is one of the finest. It shouldn't just be on a bookshelf but on the coffee table for all to admire." - Beading Gem
"Mesmerizing! Scintillating! Lavish! Each page is breathtaking in the sheer brilliance of the work. Sherry brings the simplicity of it all to you, to enable you to recreate her patterns or explore your own voice and then reap the rewards of satisfaction in self-expression. Few, if any, people throughout the course of bead history have taken beads to this thrilling new height." - Diane Fitzgerald
"Sherry's use of sophisticated color palettes combined with her graceful design aesthetic create the most exquisite jewelry. The breadth of information Sherry details, together with the beautiful photographic examples of her work and excellent illustration, will have you producing your own masterpieces." - Marcia DeCoster
"This is the most beautiful instruction book Lark has published. Sherry's wild creativity, gorgeous colors, and vibrant spirit imbue each page. Her designs range from elegantly sophisticated to edgy chic. She will inspire you to push your boundaries and try anything with beads." - Margie Deeb
"Sherry Serafini continues to astonish the beading world with the sheer breadth of her creativity. Through a marvelous array of projects and stunning designs, Sherry brings the details of her amazing skill to the table in a way that all beaders will understand and appreciate. This is a must-have, inspirational book for any person with a desire to create and the guts to try." - Ann Benson
"This book is one of the best I've seen. The designs are original and gloriously beady. Bling in all the right places. Clear, well-illustrated instructions are a hallmark of the way Lark does books, and this book is no exception. (These) exquisite creations will make you want to adorn yourself with beaded beauties and make gifts for your friends as well. Another 5-star crafting book from Lark." - Books by the Willow Tree
"Serafini’s graphic design and fine art skills shine in brilliant color in this book of breathtaking jewelry art that is part instruction and part inspiration. Exquisite pieces dazzle with an aesthetic that is regal yet whimsical. The 25 pieces of wearable art include rings, brooches, necklaces, and bracelets using focal points such as cabochons, exotic buttons and a variety of other objects which are imbedded and strung into a mosaic of beads. Casual browser and serious artisan will enjoy the images of finished pieces as well as the photos of some of Serafini’s more elaborate work." - Booklist
"This is a fabulous book. If you've ever wanted to try bead embroidery this would be a great book to have both for projects and reference for the various stitches and techniques. The instructions are well written, and the supply lists give you size and color names of the beads used in the projects." - York Region Beaders Guild

"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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Product Details

  • Series: Beadweaving Master Class Series
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160059672X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600596728
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fine Craft Fan VINE VOICE on March 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I can't remember a bead or craft book more highly anticipated than this one, and incredibly it lives up to all the hype. Sherry Serafini, one of the most popular beaders and teachers in the world, has written a book that captures her popular work, her generous voice, and her unique aesthetic brilliantly. You'll love this colorful book!

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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Just about two years ago, I took a class with Sherry Serafini in Southern California. She mentioned that she was in the process of writing this second book, and that her goal was to make it very different from her first book with Heidi Kummli. She has definitely succeeded! While the first two chapters, which provide an overview of materials and stitches/techniques, are similar to her previous book, the new projects in this book make it a pure beading bliss!

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.
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If you are familiar with Sherry's work, you know she is quite a talented artist. She was also recently voted one of the top 10 instructors in the county. I hope one day to be able to take one of Sherry's workshops, but for now, the next best thing is having this book. If you aren't familiar with her work, then visit her website and prepare to be dazzled! Her website is serafinibeadedjewelry dot com.

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.
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"Sensational Bead Embroidery" is a great starting point for jewelry makers wanting to learn how to work with bead embroidery. We have recently begun making jewelry for my wife's small shop and have tried our hands at several different styles, but hadn't really considered bead embroidery before receiving a review copy from the publisher.

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!

Highly Recommended!

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