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Beaded Embroidery Stitching
125 Stitches to Embellish with Beads, Buttons, Charms, Bead Weaving & More; 8+ Project
BY Christen Brown

C&T Publishing (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
7 April 2019 / ISBN 9781617456732
How-To Books / Needlework

Reviewed by Rachel Hyde


Take embroidery to new heights with this beautiful book on embellishment. Learn how to use hand stitches in conjunction with beads, buttons, charms, ribbon and anything else you can sew on. The results will transform crazy quilts, stitched jewellery and whatever else you choose to put it on.

I found that just looking at the gorgeous cover made me want to grab a needle and start stitching. This is a great book to use up all those oddments in stashes that get bought “just because” or are left over from other projects. There are 125 stitch combinations in here together with more than eight things to make with suggestions for variations. The book opens with one of those handy thumbnail guides to all the stitches, so it is easy to find what you want. The author gives a short account of how she became interested in beads, and throughout the book there are plenty of photographs of her work to inspire. There is a short guide to what you need which also takes a look at all the different types of seed beads (the main ingredient in this type of work) plus the various stitch types. Discover what else you will require in the next chapter, both fabrics for the base, tools and threads together with a wealth of useful tips. This is not a book for the total newcomer to freestyle hand embroidery nor does it teach crazy quilting from scratch; not all the projects are of this type. What it does do is show how hand embroidery stitches can be transformed with a few beads and other embellishments, and there are many pages showing exactly how to do it. The finished stitch is a detailed photograph, while the construction stages are colored diagrams with written instructions, the best combination in my opinion. Stitches are grouped in families and branch out into those using buttons, ribbon and sequins. The rest of the book contains the projects, and you can make beaded buttons, brooches and bracelets, a pillow, sewing caddy and pictures. Assembly instructions with some diagrams are given, along with a list of what you need and plenty of inspiring photographs showing different variations and colorways. All are aimed at those who already sew but feature clear, helpful instructions. At the back is an index plus gallery and I wish there were instructions for those gorgeous beaded bracelets! This is a lovely book that belongs on the keeper shelf of any keen embroiderer.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and
Reviewed 2019