Thursday, October 31, 2013

Book Review: Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, Design & Construction, Ideas & Inspiration by Jamie Cloud Eakin (Lark Books)

An inviting new publication from Jamie Cloud Eakin, the Go-To Maven for everything bead embroidery for jewelry design.

Jamie's past publications are chock-full of valuable information, and she's taken her writing one step further to put it all together for you.  This is the 5+5 = 10 in her series.  

If you are a beginner, don't start here.  Begin with either "Beading with Cabochons" or "Dimensional Bead Embroidery," both from Jamie.  "Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects" is an intermediate to advanced level book on bead embroidery, a manual of sorts.

Jamie breaks out each chapter with categories of projects.  She spells out the "how to" and the "what nots" of how each illustrated piece came together.  In addition, there are a lot of variations that allow you to focus on what you've learned, while at the same time, giving you the tools to take a design in the book from concept to fruition, adding your own ideas and designer's eye.

What I love about this book:
- plenty of 'how to' photographs and illustration
- a description of the techniques used on each project
- the tips in breakout boxes, with valuable information
- variation examples of projects to help you see what else you can do with your newly learned techniques

Her expertise shines through in all of her publications, but this one solidifies all of the other writings she's done.  
Don't use this book as a "flip through," please.  Read it.  Absorb the skill set she's relaying - it's all good stuff!  I promise, its worth your time.
Jamie's style is to be very specific in what she's teaching you.  It feels like she's by your side, almost holding your hand & pointing to where to *exactly* put that needle, through your projects.  

A journey together

"Bead Embroidery Jewelry Projects, Design & Construction, Ideas & Inspiration" by Jamie Cloud Eakin will be available at Bead & Glass Boutique next week.  We're excited to support her work, again!

Thank you, Jamie - for all of your hard work and generous sharing of your expertise

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