Thursday, February 7, 2008

"Bead Embroidery" by Yukiko Ogura

This book was recommended by Maire at CQI and I ordered a copy. I am so happy I did! Thank you, Maire! I will add my recommendation to hers!

Last night I finally got a chance to sit down and try a couple of the stitches. The top picture is the Sequin Flower Stitch from Page 38 of the book. These little three dimensional flowers are so easy to do following the step by step pictures and instructions in the book! I love them! I can just see them done as cherry blossoms on a branch motif.

The second stitch I tried was one of the beaded edgings on page 34. It turned out perfectly for what I wanted, making a pretty braided effect. It's funny that both of these stitches involved sequins as well as beads because I have never found much use for sequins. I can see that changing now though! This would have been a loopy stitch if I had used more beads on each stitch but I'm happy with it the way it is.

The book is small, only 40 pages, but in my humble opinion well worth the price asked. It is available on Amazon - that's where I got it - and the list price is only $12.95. I can't wait to try a few more of the stitches tonight!

These examples were worked on Dee's Ms. Bamboo, a teddy bear for her darling daughter.


diamond said...

Hi Kerry....when I saw this picture it jumped right out at me. These are lovely patch works and I had a big smile when I saw again your work. The picture actually does justice to the real piece. I have pinned the back to the front of Ms Bamboo and hope to machine stitch it together today and see about getting it stuffed. I hope to put it into a quilting (ARTS) show this summer here in one of the small towns nearby. It will have a nice description about the group and all the work that has gone into it for Emily.
Little Ms Bamboo has certainly been a lot of fun working with everyone, and actually I'm missing the RR that we used to do.
Hugs your loving admirer DeeBee

Kerry your work is truly beautiful. I can see how much you have grown in your love of this craft.

D1-D2 said...

Hi Kerry, I've been trying to track down a copy of this book. I own the french version of it, but it seems like the one I have is purely a project book and not an instructional one. So now I'm trying to see if I can get a copy but am having no luck.