Monday, August 21, 2017

Book Review and Giveaway : Playful Perfection

By on Monday, August 21, 2017 57 Comments

Kerrie Slade is a British contemporary beadwork designer and instructor whose work is refreshingly light and modern. One delightful series she came up with were her Kazuri Kritters - a set a cleverly designed pins using Kazuri animal buttons, complete with a little story about each animal.  Raised as an only child in the English countryside, Kerrie says "her mother taught her the names of trees and flowers from a young age, and often told her fairy tales. These early experiences sparked a vivid imagination, a love of nature and the ability to be content with her own company."


Those early influences are evident in her first book, Playful Perfection, a collaborative book with Precosia, the Czech bead manufacturer.  Signed copies of the book are available internationally through her website.  The book is also available through Precosia distributors and dealers.
The 150 page book is filled with 30 projects, making it a hefty tome indeed. Most beading books I've reviewed are less than one third the size. 19 of the designs, some of them reworked, were previously published in various international publications. 11 are brand new and exclusive to the book.



Kerrie not only designs necklaces, bracelets, rings and brooches but also other decorative beaded accessories such as, hair grips, cell phone or key chain charms, candle charms and even a beaded photo frame. Many of her pieces are floral as nature is her main muse. She also included a kumihimo design project.

One outstanding feature of the book is her designs incorporate many of the different shaped beads that Preciosa makes including pellet beads (cylindrical beads with a waist) and pip beads.  Indeed, the "dictionary" at the beginning of the book showcases the full lineup.  Each design has clearly stated information which shows what sort of beads are needed.

Pellet Bead Earrings

I also appreciated the clear instructions. The diagrams showing bead paths are large and often colorful so readers do not have to squint to see them. This explains why the book is so large.

Kerrie does like using ribbon as closures for some of her designs but that is optional as conventional findings can be integrated if preferred.


The projects are not overly difficult nor are they the kind that will take ages to complete. A lovely modern take on traditional beadweaving techniques.




Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Kerrie's Playful Perfection,  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international. 

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, August 28 , 2017. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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57 comments:

  1. Kerrie's flowers are always a treat. What a lovely give-away.

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  2. This looks like an amazing book. Perfect for using some of my bead stash!

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  3. Some beautiful work(as always) n stuff I'd definitely like to learn more about! I'm a subscriber, blog follower and facebook fan, can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  4. I would love to have this amazing book so I could practice my lefthand, this is the perfect therapy to learn make good use of the strength that is left in my lefthand, wandmaking this gorgeous and amazing pieces

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  5. I have been hoarding shaped beads and a book like this seems like just the excuse to start using them.

    It's kind of spendy for a bead book but I like what I see so much that I'd consider buying it if I don't win!

    sneakyburritoblog@gmail.com

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  6. The designs look incredible! Learning how to use the large variety of beads would be extremely helpful.

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  7. Oh, these are delightful! I'd love to win and try my hand at some like her wonderful work!

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  8. I would love to win. I like the many different styles of beads that are used.

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  9. Not sure if my last comment went through Pearl (the perils of coffee outside away from the wifi)

    These designs are gorgeous! I'm wondering if this is the book and inspiration that would get me into bead work...?

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  10. I would love to make something from this book.

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  11. Wow, these are designs that really fire me up! I would love to have this book. Thanks for sharing this!

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  12. The designs look very interesting. Love to have the book. Thanks for sharing. Also thanks for the great class on Saturday. Bonnie Brewer

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  13. I would Love to win this Book, as it is still missing on my Book Shelf.

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  14. The projects in the book look like fun! Would love to win!!!

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  15. Looks like a wonderful book. Thank you for always doing so many giveaways!
    beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  16. Lovely flowers! I'd love this book - it looks so yummy.
    I'm a blog follower, get your newsletter and am following you on facebook and pinterest.
    Alikat2004 at Ravelry.com(free to sign up)

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  17. This looks like an awesome book! Would love to have a reason to make more shaped beads!

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  18. FRESH! W outdoor live to take a look at these designs

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  19. What a lovely collection! Bridge Parle

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  20. Every project looks do-able and more importantly, I have most of the beads required. Looking forward to doing them!

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  21. I'd love to have the chance to win a copy of Kerrie's book. I have beaded quite a few of her designs and I'm very keen to try some more.

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  22. Thanks for the review, this looks like an excellent book. I'd love to try some of the shaped beads I have in these designs.

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  23. It looks like a lovely book. I would love to win it to try out the patterns

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  24. Really sophisticated designs! I would be so happy with this book!

    m.eszterke@gmail.com

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  25. I would love to win this book as it's on my beading wish list

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  26. Thank you for the review and the opportunity to win the book!

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  27. Interesting and unusual projects - I'd love to try some of them!

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  28. Those are some really gorgeous designs! I especially like the Bohemian Blossom Necklace, but also the flowered bracelet. Would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance!

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  29. great book to review, hope to try it out

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  30. Beautyful Book. Would love To win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  31. The pictures are lovely! This looks like a great book to try out many different designs.

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  32. Would love to win this...thank you for the opportunity!

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  33. I just love your gorgeous floral desings and I realy love to win a free copy of your book. It looks amazing ❤

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  34. Pretttiessss... via FB

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  35. Beautiful book. via FB

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  36. The book looks amazing, I love to have the chance to make some of the projects in the book. Beading for me is like Therapy. eduru@hotmail.co.uk

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  37. Adding a comment so I might have a chance to win your book.
    dies1.9@gmail.com

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  38. I would love to win this AWESOME prize thanks for the Chance!
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  39. I'm an email subscriber
    sally0630@frontiernet.net
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  40. I would love to make some of those pins and flowers. How inspiring this book looks!

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  41. Greta--- gdmar@comcast.netAugust 23, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    I sure would like to win this book! I am a long time Blog subscriber.

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  42. I would love to have this book, because I love your works and the beading world.

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  43. I've admired Kerrie's work for some time now, and I can't wait to see this book.

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  44. This book looks very interesting and informative. This would be great for gift ideas. sting31810@aol.com

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  45. Gorgeous pieces of work. I like the variety.

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  46. This book looks very interesting. I love how dainty the flowers look. Would love to make some of these for my mom. Her flower beds were a thing of wonder when we were younger.
    As a Facebook, Pinterest, and email follower

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  47. Wow! Sounds like a creative book! Would love to read it.

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  48. Fantastic, always loved your designs and the book sound fabulous. Thank you for sharing your talent with us...

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  49. I love to bead and am always looking for new projects. I love those beaded stickpins!

    glindathegood@bellsouth.net

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  50. i love hand made jewerly and the one you have there are pretty and then i do alot of thing evry day

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  51. This is the perfect book for me. Beading in my bed helps my day pass. Such lovely designs.

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