Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Bead Embroidery

I started my first bead embroidery project. What Fun! Admittedly I was a little hesitant to start as I was unsure of exactly what I was doing. However once I decided to just take that first step and get started it was no where near as difficult as I thought it would be. I ordered a bead embroidery book from amazon, and to my amazement it arrived the next day! That never happens, so I think it was just a sign that I was meant to start this project and not put it off any longer. The book "The Art of Bead Embroidery" by Heidi Kummle and Sherry Serafini is by far one of the best beading books I've read so far. The instructions are simple to follow, the picture of their art work are just stunning, and the information they give in the book is just priceless. I especially loved the sections on finding inspiration in nature for texture, color, and design.

I think mother nature is the supreme artist, and if there is any artist that one should follow it is her for sure! Her blending of colors and texture is just amazing. How many times have I found myself lost in a sunset or a blend of colors from a fall tree, or spring flowers. Even something as simple as moss patterns growing on a stone can create beautiful colors, texture and patterns. She never stops amazing me and I love that the authors of "The Art of Bead Embroidery" embrace this in their book and encourage their readers to look to her (mother nature) for inspiration.

So over all I give the book 5 stars, a high five, a 100%, in other words the perfect score. The book would make my top 5 bead book list. And it is no surprise to me that it is published by the publishers of "bead and button magazine" It seems every time I really like a book it is by the publishers of "Bead and Button". So much that I've started looking for their books specifically when I do a search for new books. I have yet to be disappointed with one of their publishing's.

Okay, well I wanted to make a blog and I have finally taken that first step also. Nothing like trying to get on the train after it's left the station, but better late then never. I guess if your not blogging your just not part of this crazy new world so I'm on board now! And I have promised myself to try and "blog" at least once a week. We will see how it goes! I honestly would much rather be beading then blogging. Then again I would rather be beading then doing most anything :)

Happy beading everyone. Have a fantastic day!