Inspiration Station – February 2012 Love For…

February 11, 2012

Books! Books people(what did you think I would say?). And this time around, there are two to rave about. If you’re into bead embroidery, these are the books I want to turn you on to: (Click on the titles  if you want to order.)

Dimensional Bead Embroidery – Jamie Cloud Elkin (Lark Books)

Dimensional Bead Embroidery is my second Lark Book purchase. And as with the Loom work book, it didn’t disappoint. Beautifully photographed, Eakin explains the various stitches used to create embroidered art.  The reference book is divided into nine chapters: starting with materials,  designing,  stitches, then finally projects to try and an inspirational gallery.

I had no idea there are three types of knots, and four types of stitches in bead embroidery. My first attempt used a basic “hem”  stitch. I used embroidery thread instead of nymo(r) – which is a no-no.  Lacy’s Stiff Stuff? Wasn’t using it properly. You can stitch directly onto the Lacy’s; I used ultrasuede and an embroidery hoop.  DBE clarified not only the “how” but the “why” certain things are needed with this beading format.

The project instructions are clear, with plenty of photo examples, as well as black & white diagrams.  DBE is a must have for beginners, and a nice supplement for advanced artists.

Next up:

Bead Embroidery – Yukiko Ogura (Japan Trade Publications)

Ms. Ogura’s book is an introductory paperback book. The photographs are just as beautiful as Eakin’s book. However, this guide focuses on stitches, not cabochon attachments. It’s closer to standard embroidery, where the stitches are the art.  The guide is divided into five sections, each for a different stitch, and one on materials.

The photos are lovely, clear and concise. They make the techniques easy to understand. I can’t wait to try these stitches on my own pattern.



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