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A-Z of Bead Embroidery (A-Z of Needlecraft) Spiral-bound – 17 May 2006
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Feb/Mar 08 Another book from the team that publish 'Inspirations' magazine. This book is full of over 440 step-by-step photos and over 30 ornate projects. We felt that the instructions and projects were clear so it may be ideal for beginners and more advanced beaders/embroiderers alike. * Bead * No. 45, Feb/Mar 07 With more than 440 step-by-step photographs and 30 excellent projects, this book is very simple to follow. It covers such techniques as tambour beading, beadpoint, padded beading, how to handle sequins and bugle beads, and more. The best tools for the task are also discussed as well as how to identify different beads. A very useful book to have in your stitching library. * Stitch * Sept 06 Another in this Australian A-Z series, the book gives brief instructions for basic beading methods and materials. The format then is to show pieces from bead artists from around the world. Some of the pieces are lovely and full instructions are given on how to make them. Unfortunately, the photography is not good although you can usually work out the method. It has to be said that one or two pics are so fuzzy that this is not possible. What a shame; it would have been a lovely book. * Workshop On The Web * August 2006 If you love beads and embroidery, this glorious book combines the two in sumptuous splendour as only those at Country Bumpkin Publications know how. This is the thirteenth entry into the A-Z series, but there is nothing unlucky about it. Whether you are into wearable art, soft furnishings or pictures there is something here for everybody. As usual, the pieces are from a variety of designers and have this look about them of being dazzlingly advanced. However, if you are familiar with forming even fairly simple embroidery stitches these excellent photographic staged instructions ought to have you beading like a pro fairly quickly. The way in which every tiny step has its own separate high-resolution photo and written instructions makes for a foolproof combination, and I don't think I ever learned anything so fast. Other writers of how-to books take note! As for the projects, these include several floral studies, some abstract, dragonflies and a lovely bead adorned portrait as well as edgings that would make great jewellery with a little adaptation. The photography is superb, as are the invariable little additional touches such as 18th and 19th century floral paintings make this a truly beautiful book as well as a formidably useful one. This is definitely another one for the keeper shelf. * Myshelf.com * July 2006 This book contains all the information you would ever need to know about beads and their uses. It is very well illustrated with full colour photographs and shows techniques and stitches including tambour work and sequins. There are beautifully worked examples illustrated and at the end of the book are clear diagrams of the designs so that they could be used by novice stitchers or as a basis for further development by the more experienced. Particularly interesting is the section on fringes, showing some inspiring decorative work which could be used as edgings or as a basis for jewellery. * Merseyside Embroiderers Guild * Newsletter 65, Summer 2007 This book on beading is very informative and well illustrated. The stitching techniques are clear making it simple to follow the instructions. The designs are also beautifully photographed and have encouraged me to consider embroidering more with beads. Definitely a book to buy. Eileen Barden, Launceston * West Country Embroiderers *
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The section on fringes is exceptional, and, again, the instructions are easy to follow even for what look like complex fringes. It also shows how a really original fringe can be created using only four or five different beads. I just can't wait to incorportate "Borealis" into one of my projects!
I also just loved the illustrations and info boxes scattered throughout the book concerning the history of beads, the Properties of Crystals, the meaning of colour in Zulu Beadwork, etc.
The designs with full instructions are also very beautiful, but the only reason I didn't give five stars is because I found most of them rather classical, concentrating mainly on flowery designs.
But still one of my favourite bead books.
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There are 19 designs on fabric and 12 edgings and fringes. Each project design is named and includes the artist's name and what part of the world they are from. Not only are the beading techniques given, but patterns are included in the back of the book. Additional information is given such as the meaning of the colors used and the healing powers of crystals.
The book is spiral bound to lay flat while working with it. It's just a wonderful book and all the designs are so pretty!
I did not give 5 stars because some of the projects did not not make me feel great, but they are o.k.
There are instructions on doing Tambour beading, beadpoint, padded beading, Stitching with sequins and bugle beads, and so much more. They give details on the best tools for the task. It brings bead embroider within the reach of anyone who can thread a needle.
They teach you how to identify different beads by their size, shape, and finish. There are hints given throughout the book which are highlighted separately. We can add some sparkle to Our embroidery when we use beads!