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.