When we talk about bead embroidery, we usually mean the elaborate beaded bezels and surfaces covered with lots of seed beads.  Did you know there is another version of bead embroidery, one that is delicate and perfect for embellishing clothing, bags, hats, fabric based home decor and even canvas shoes?

I recently received this book for review :  Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples.  It is an Interweave/F+W publication.  The Japanese authors are CRK Design (a 6 member graphic design team) and Yasuko Endo who is a crafts and home decor designer.  Their book is an exquisite guide to a large variety of embroidery stitches all of which integrate seed beads in their execution.

The stitch samples themselves make up the 3 main lessons or sections of the book.

Each sample page is accompanied by the pictorial instructions.

The Lesson Notes at the end of the book goes into more detail on each step of the needle action.

What appealed most about the book were the beautiful examples of how the bead embroidery stitches can be used on actual garments and other accessories. This little girl's dress with the matching bead embroidered hat ribbon is adorable.

The elegant motifs from the stitch samples were used in clothing hems and necklines. Home decor ideas include decorating curtains, table cloths and even an umbrella (not shown)!

There were also design charts such as the snowflake and floral elements in the Nordic Motifs page. The Alphabet design chart was also outstanding.

This book is an excellent guide for those who enjoy embroidery and wish to take it up several notches.  Truly inspirational in showcasing what embroidery thread and small seed beads can do to turn something ordinary into something exquisite.

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