Okay, okay, I admit it! I've been a royal slacker when it comes to the Weekly Book Review and my Foodie Friday's posts. I've been swamped with swaps, what can I say!? But I'm back in the swing of things now, if only for a few days, with enough time and energy (geez is it only 5:47am!) to get back to the routine.
Uhum...thanks for hearing my confessional...now on to the post!
If you've seen a lot of my work (even outside of my sewing pieces), I love to include beads. Even just a tiny hint of beads! I've just got a thing for them. They seem to add that bit of bling and dimension that completes a piece and gives it that extra somethin'-somethin'. With that said, I wanted to find a go-to bead reference guide ...and I'm happy to say I found it! Designer Bead Embroidery is a great addition to my....uhhhhh... growing creative library. A couple of bookshelves worth to be exact...there, I said it!
Anyway, here's why. Although packed with 150 bead patterns that I will probably never really use (shhh, because I don't really care for many of the patterns), I will use "parts" and a "mix & match" of the patterns and the techniques used to execute said patterns. The book also includes a stitch library, various techniques and a section on types of beads. For these reasons, I will give this book ☻☻☻☻☺.
If you ever get an itch to do some bead work, this is worth the investment...especially if you are a novice. This book is written well and thoroughly explains all that you need to know about beading, outside of jewelry beading.