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Book Review and Giveaway : From the Flowering Fields | Creating 3D Flowers with Seed Beads


It was a sad day back in 2021 when Kalmbach Media ceased producing new books and shuttered the Bead and Button shows as well as their magazines. The pandemic accelerated the trend to digital publications. But luckily for us, there are still beadwork designers who have forged ahead with their own self-published books, thus serving that void. 

Many beadwork and other craft enthusiasts prefer books as they are often good reference tomes to have around. No internet needed either!

Pennsylvanian, Patricia Parker, of RoseBluBeads is an award winning designer whose previous book, Colorful Components was published in 2019.  She has since written her second book, From the Flowering Fields : Creating 3D Flowers with Seed Beads.  This self published book is available as a PDF and as a physical book.  I received a PDF copy for review.

It is a beautifully produced book focusing on botanical elements - flowers, leaves and even some of a garden's denizens like dragonflies and caterpillars.  What Patricia does is to teach readers how to construct many common garden favorites.  She starts with basic stitch instructions and moves on to the detailed steps on how each flower, leaf or insect is formed. 

The diagrams and instructions are clear.  As you can see from the Contents pages, she indicates which bead stitches are used. Very helpful if you favor one stitch over another!

The author also includes many spectacular examples of her finished pieces. These show how individual components can be put together with gorgeous results.  I have included 3 here at the end. The passion flowers and poppies in the last one are absolutely stunning! Check out Patricia's blog to see more of her work

You can also get some of her design elements as tutorials in her Etsy, RoseBluBeads, but the book is better value as it contains so much more. 

An absolute delight for gardeners, nature lovers and beaders alike!  














Giveaway

If you'd like to win a PDF copy of From the Flowering Fields,  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 PDF giveaway is international. If the winner is from the US, he/she will be given a choice of either a PDF or a physical book. 

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, May 2, 2022. 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!

Before You Go:

Disclosure 

This blog may contain affiliate links. I do receive a small fee for any products purchased through affiliate links. This goes towards the support of this blog and to provide resource information to readers. The opinions expressed are solely my own. They would be the same whether or not I receive any compensation. 
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Original Post by THE BEADING GEM 

37 comments:

  1. This is so exciting. I love beaded flowers, but am not skilled at the French beaded kind and much prefer to work with needle and thread. It was a delight skimming through the table of contents, and the sample pages make me want to skip all of my meetings today and get started. I hope I win, but just in case, I am saving my pennies.

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    1. Diana - Just so you know, this book is on beadweaving not the French beaded kind!

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  2. Wow, if there was anything I'd like to win more I don't know what it is! Fantastic prize!

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  3. This book looks amazing! I have been making flower pins as a fundraiser for Ukraine & would love to expand my repertoire of blossoms.

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  4. Stunning! If the rest of the book is as gorgeous as what you've excerpted (& I have no doubt it is!) it must be fabulous!

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  5. Oooh, I would love to win this! tpatterson1961@gmail.com
    Looks like a gorgeous and must have book!

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  6. Lovely designs! what's not to love ... flowers that don't die!

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  7. Oh, this looks awesome!! I absolutely love beaded flowers, but have had little success as I am not a fan of wired ones...will definitely be adding this to my wishlist! Really glad to see a .pdf copy as well.

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  8. I love books and I normally will buy a book if I decide I want to learn a new form of beading or any kind of new craft. My favorite job would have been working in a library. But it would have also been the job that I would never leave to go home. If I am planning on buying a book at a local book store I plan an entire day to buy that book. Because I will spend the whole day in the book store looking at all the books. And God knows I will leave that store with more than one book!!! I also own a lot of PDF books. I have all of them stored on a portable hard drive. It is the safest way to own this type of book. I would love a copy of this book. I have never made flowers out of seed beads but it looks really beautiful. So I think it is a type of beading I would definitely try!

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  9. thank you, Patricia for this chance. Love the way the table of contents is divided by technique. Thank you, Pearl for introducing me to a new designer to me. I am a blog, newsletter, and Facebook follower. email is auravisionrose@peoplepc.com Good luck everyone.

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  10. Love seeing the beaded creativity! Looks like a beautiful and instructional book.

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  11. I've always wanted to learn how to make more combinations of seed beads flowers! The book looks terrific!

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  12. These flowers are beautiful. It will be a great resource.
    swillert@new.rr.com

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  13. I can bead, but I can't create patterns! What a great book!
    blvelier@gmail.com

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  14. She has beautiful work. This would be a great way to learn those stitches that I don't know!
    Thank you Pearl!

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  15. Patricia’s flower necklaces are so pretty. I would love to make a similar one. I think that looking at what you have shown of her book that it would be so much fun to make her flowers and have a very unique necklace of my own for the summer. a.p.brad@rogers.com

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  16. WOW! Absolutely love these beautiful beaded creations! I started making some sunflowers recently (thinking and praying for those in Ukraine as I do) and I would love to create more different kinds of flora - and the caterpillar and dragonfly too - with your instructions. I subscribe to Pearl Blay's Blog and am so glad she has featured your creations!

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  17. A perfect book for this time of year. It would be so much fun to learn to make such a large variety of flowers. Thank you Pearl for offering this wonderful giveaway.
    Cheers, Debra Schwartz
    my email is msd.katz@hotmail.com ; blog subscriber and follower
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  18. I 'm a gardener and a beader. I would love to win this book and bead a garden! Mary. maryredman144@gmail.com

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  19. Her book looks wonderful! thanks for giving us a peak. I love flowers and her beadwork is amazing. Thanks for the giveaway! maureen@maureenchin.com

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  20. Love Patricia's work!

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  21. Wow,This is amazing. Love your designs and style. Looking forward to learning more from you! Your bead work is beautiful.

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  22. That is beautiful work. I would love to make a few for a bouquet on my desk

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  23. OMG! I would absolutely love to have this book in my library! The review in itself is awesome, let alone the real thing! My email has changed to Ddonnasmith1@aol.com

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

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  25. What stunning work! I have added the book to my wish list. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  26. Hi,
    I would love copy of this beautiful book. There are few books with stitched flowers and this would be great for my collection. melanie silver.artpro@gmail.com
    Thanks

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  27. I've done beaded flowers with seed beads on wire, but never could figure out how to use bead weaving to get similar results. These flowers are amazing! Can't wait to get the book. house dot nancy at gmail dot com

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  28. Beautiful book! The pictures are amazing!

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  29. Who doesn’t love a good book, quite disappointing with kalmbach indeed, but hey even a pdf download can still be a winner in my eyes, and these stunning flower tutes look like a real winner too! Would love to win and try. Jakki at retro-grrl@hotmail.com

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  30. These flowers are stunning. I would absolutely love to give them a try!

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  31. ekennedy0906@gmail.comApril 29, 2022 at 4:42 PM

    These flowers are gorgeous! I have wanted to try these for a long time.

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  32. This book looks beautiful and amazing!! I just stumbled onto your review of her book and coincidentally I am working on her Water Lily Bracelet tutorial currently, but I will assemble the flowers as a beaded pot arrangement instead of a bracelet.

    LaniB1231@gnail.com

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  33. How exciting! At the top of my "Learn Something New in '22" list is learning to make beaded flowers. I've long wanted to do this, and this is the resource I've been looking for. These are absolutely gorgeous and stunning. Thank you for introducing us to this valuable contemporary book!

    Usadancedallasdiane@gmail.com

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous work! (And prettier than my garden, at the moment!)

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  35. Love all of her items and designs. Am a long time beader and want to do these. Please send me to link for books. ty garl7@yahoo.com

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