From popular author Jamie Cloud Eakin comes a fantastic all-around bead-embroidery guidebook.
Modeled on Eakin's acclaimed Beading with Cabochons, Dimensional Bead Embroidery shows beaders how to use old stitches in new ways and lays out boundary-breaking techniques for embroidering beads onto a base fabric with beaded bezels. Focusing especially on cabochons and large, eye-catching focal beads, the book covers decorative stitches such as fringes, picots, and rope edging.
Nine illustrated projects include bracelets, necklaces, earrings, a brooch, and a purse. The book includes a gallery of bead-embroidered jewelry from a variety of artists.
Jamie Cloud Eakin
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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...
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...
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