This is for all of you embroidery enthusiast out there! Have you been noticing all of the lovely beaded embellishments right now? Everywhere I look! Handbags, Peter Pan collars, shoulder embellishments, ballet flats, denim jeans and statement necklaces, oh my! It is amazing what a few beads can do!
Sometimes I have the urge to sit down and work with my hands. Hand embroidery gives me a creative outlet for stress relief. The simple motions and small work space give me a piece of mind. If any of you need a new hands on activity that won’t break the bank, bead embroidery might be for you. I will list a few of my favorite bead embroidery books to get you started or if you are experienced in bead embroidery, I will show you a motif book that will further your love in this creative outlet.
Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples
This is an amazing book for beginners! Inside, you’ll find a collection of 130 stitch patterns that incorporate beads, ranging from elegantly simple single motifs to complex all-over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions, you’ll see numerous examples of how the authors have added these beaded motifs to hems, pockets, cuffs, collars, and handbags, or used them as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, and lampshades. The patterns inside emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. You’ll be inspired and charmed as you discover endless ways to make lovely patterns with beads and stitchery. Available at the Interweave Store.
Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs
This book is the next step to beaded embroidery. This is a great book for beginners to advanced beaders. With 123 motifs that vary from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. Also available at the Interweave Store.
If the first two books sound inspiring and you cannot choose which one to buy first, I have a treat for you! They are available in a collection! At a great price you can get both Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples and Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs at the Interweave Store.
Author Yasuko Endo makes craft and home décor designs and products for CRK Design. She has also appeared on a NHK program, Sutekini Handmade, where she presented bead embroidery stitch sample ideas and techniques. Yasuko is based in Japan.
Guess what embroiders?! I have a copy of the Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples by Yasuko Endo to giveaway!! PRIZE TIME!
To enter to win the prize all you have to do is answer the question below and a winner will be picked at random.
What is the one thing you would LOVE to embellish with bead embroidery (photos encouraged!)??
Good luck and happy embroidering!!