Monday, April 9, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway : Inspired Bead Embroidery

By on Monday, April 09, 2018 36 Comments

Sherry Serafini is a renowned bead artist and instructor.  Her spectacular work has been worn by celebrity entertainers such as Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, Melissa Etheridge, Lenny Kravitz and Fergie of Black Eye Peas.  Body adornment meets art!


I received her latest book from Kalmbach Books for review.  Inspired Bead Embroidery includes not just 16 gorgeous projects but gives insight into her design process.  There are many inspirational examples in the Gallery section.




Bead embroidery often involves using cabochons and beads. This time, the designer focused on using all kinds of distinctive focals.  One of my favorites was her seahorse necklace where she use a metal stamping and staying with the ocean theme, also included flat back sea shells.  Her projects were balanced between neutral themes as well as some richly colored designs.


Her creativity is amazing as she can put together very different components in pleasing ways.  She teamed up metal filigrees with Lucite flowers, pearls and crystals in these earrings below.  Her designs often have a 3D element. The flowers are resting on beaded wooden rings.


Some of the designs demonstrated new ways to dress up gemstone donuts by filling the holes!  She also filled in the holes of the bubble like metal components on the top sides of this necklace below.


Other distinctive designs include the mixed media bangles and a very unusual beaded belt buckle!



There were two spectacular beaded bags in the book.  The black purse was a really clever way to dress up what was a satin bag the designer bought in Chinatown in New York City.


Her little beaded suede bag was inspired by a trip to the Houston rodeo when she missed a flight. The chain fringe and chain strap complimented her bead work so well!


A tour de force by one of the top bead embroidery artists!




Giveaway
If you'd like to win this giveaway for a copy of Inspired Bead Embroidery by Sherry Serafini, 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, April 16, 2018. 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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36 comments:

  1. I love Sherri Serafini! I have made a bracelet from one of her previous books!

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  2. I have one of her other books and it really is lovely to look through. I like how she uses a lot of shaped beads in the projects here. If I don't win, this one will go on my Amazon wish list for future purchase!

    sneakyburritoblog at gmail dot com

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  3. I love Sherry Serafini's art. I have a lot of her books and she is one of the people I admire most.

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  4. Who doesn't love bead "porn"! Sherry's designs and books are an excellent resource for all skill levels.

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  5. i love the projects and i'd love to have a copy of this book. thanks for the opportunity.

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  6. I love bead embroidery! Thank you for the book review and giveaway. maryredman144@gmail.com

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  7. would love to have this book - been a long time admirer of Sherry Serafini

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  8. Thank you for this giveaway !
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  9. WOW!! Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  10. Wow! Another fabulous book! I'd really love to be in the running for this one! Thanks for the giveaway! susanduffy@hotmail.com

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  11. I love Sherry's work, thank you for this chance to win.
    Padmacr@gmail.com

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  12. Wow! Sherry is the goddess of bead embroidery. This book looks like an opportunity to learn from the goddess.

    Pearl, as always, thanks for everything you do for the beading/jewelry-making community. I look forward to your blog & Facebook posts.

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  13. Sherry is one of my favorite bead embroidery artist. She is amazing. I would be delighted if I won her book.
    cheryl@adornedbliss.com

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  14. I would LOVE to have such an inspirational book. The colors combinations are amazing. cozyhomerental@cox.net

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  15. Beautiful work! I'd love to have this book as a guide to make my own!

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  16. I met her at Bead and Button years ago. We sat at the same table for the dinner and auction. She is so nice!

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  17. Sherri Sarafini is one of THE most brilliant bead designers. This book is certainly a treasure trove of some of her designs. What a great addition to any beader's library!
    Pearl, thank you for another fantastic giveaway.
    Lorraine
    lorgonda@yahoo.com

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  18. I adore the designs featured in this incredible book and would love to win a copy. Thank you so much!
    Ellen Lee
    angelicabeads@yahoo.com
    847-643-6346

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  19. The sneak-peek projects in her new book are certainly inspirational. I would love to have her book to see everything else. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  20. I would love this ! so inspiring !!! I am a follower , and I thank you for the lovely pictures !

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  21. I would give my arm to be able to embroider and bead like SHerry, but that would be counterproductive, wouldn't it :)
    Neena

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  22. I love bead embroidery and why not learn from the best. You can send this book to me and I’ll accept it gratefully. Thanks Sheri vans Pearl.

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  23. Annette CatalanoApril 9, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Love bead embroidery! via FB

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  24. Would love to win! Haven't tried bead embroidery yet.

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  25. Hi Pearl, Thank you for hosting another give away!
    I only recently heard about Sherry Serafini. I'm very interested in learning more about bead embroidery. I would love to win her bead embroidery book.
    I'm a blog follower and follow you on FB.
    Cheers, Debra
    msd.katz@hotmail.com

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  26. OMG how gorgeous is this book I would love to win it beautiful xxx
    crisnlyd@msn.com

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  27. I would love to win this book! catherine.brockman25@gmail.com

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  28. Would love to learn this technique. (I follow your blog via Bloglovin)
    icbnett (at) gmail.com

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  29. Would love to win this...Thank you for the opportunity!

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  30. Awesome Giveaway! Thanks Pearl :) (via FB)

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  31. Harriet WeinsteinApril 12, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    BEAUTIFUL BOOK

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  32. I'd love this! The images you posted are gorgeous; I can see getting a lot of inspiration from this!

    juujin(dot)bunshin(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. I just love her work. I do bead embroidery and this would be a fabulous reference and inspiration.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  34. I love doing bead embroidery. In fact,I have been busy doing it for the past two weeks. I have another book by this artist and would love to have this book for even more inspiration.

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  35. I love her work. Been following her a long while. Always nice to see what she comes up with next.

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  36. Gorgeous, inspirational, and challenging. A bit above my skill level but aspire to create such beauty

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