In Jamie's introduction she states that she's going to "show how to use old stitches in new ways and add some new techniques to push the boundaries and create a new dimension in bead embroidery". She also states that "my favorite thing about bead embroidery is not only the capacity for variety but also the simplicity". I have to agree with her on the later and as she again states "even if you can barely sew on a button, you can do this". I have had students in my classes that don't even know how to thread a needle, but they are able with a few simple stitches to make something beautiful and lasting. Jamie's book goes over the basic techniques for the very beginner, but then she dives in deep with many illustrations, pictures, and word explanations that make the intermediate to advance bead embroiderer take note and smile with pleasure.
In her book she has so many examples of alternative ways to not only cage a cabochon, but experiment with fascinating ways to edge the completed piece of art. She also shares techniques on taking different complete components and pieces them together into an intricate project such as "Celebrate Spring" Necklace. For each project, she has a detailed list of materials you need along with the stitches used for completion. She also give information on how to design personal projects.
I got to met Jamie last year while in Milwaukee. She had the printer's proof of this book. Instantly I could tell that it was going to be a absolutely lovely book filled with so many ideas and techniques for the very beginner to the master. Get this book to add to your library no matter where you are in your journey to master bead embroidery. I guarantee it will be used over and over again for instruction and ideas.
I was so thrilled with this book that I made up a new necklace with some of the ideas I got. This is called "Desert Find". I used an Ammonite I had purchased from Land of Odds and Utah Jasper from Byzantium. Though the necklace looks as if two pieces are at different angles from the others, it fits perfect around my neck without any discomfort and because of the construction it does not twist and could be worn for hours with the wearer forgetting it is on. This happened to me when I was out to eat and the waitress admired it. I had to reach up to feel it as I had forgotten I left it on. It is one of those pieces that I just won't be able to part with.
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