The Bottom Line
- Twelve projects suitable for beginners through advanced beaders.
- Instruction from two award-winning bead embroidery experts.
- Information about design concepts, sources of inspiration, color and texture.
- Binding makes it difficult for book to lie flat when open.
- Only offers basic stitching instructions for bead embroidery.
- Paperbound book, published by Kalmbach Books
- Expert advice from two award-winning bead embroidery artists
- A range of projects suitable for all skill levels
Guide Review - The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini
There is a lot of information packed into this slim volume about bead embroidery, written by two of the bead world's leading bead embroidery artists. It starts with a list of the tools used in bead embroidery and moves on to basic bead embroidery stitches.
The book is set up so that each artist shows us her favorite stitches, materials and sources of inspiration. While both Heidi and Sherry are recognized experts on bead embroidery, their preferences for different materials encourages beginners to find what works best for them.
Both Heidi and Sherry share their favorite sources of inspiration, where they look to find ideas for design, where they draw their use of color from, and how they come up with ideas for adding texture to their pieces.
There are twelve projects in this book that cover a range of beading skill levels. There is a very simple belt buckle project, suitable for a complete beginner. For the more adventurous beader or someone looking to expand their bead embroidery skills, there are projects for bead embroidered earrings, pins, bracelets, and a magnificent bead embroidered collar.
The book concludes with a wonderful gallery of inspirational beadwork by Heidi and Sherry. Those familiar with their work will recognize some of their signature pieces in this gallery.
This is a great book for both beginners and more advanced beaders who want to learn how to do bead embroidery.