Bead It! Sparkly Embellishments in Christen Brown’s Beaded Embroidery Stitching

Posted by Katie Van Amburg on Feb 14th 2019

Calling all embroiderers, crazy quilters, craft sewists, jewelry makers… and anyone who wants to add a bit of sparkle, dimension, and bead-azzlement to their stitches! Christen Brown is back—this time with a comprehensive guide to beaded embroidery and bead woven stitches that has something for everyone. Her new book is called Beaded Embroidery Stitching: 125 Stitches to Embellish with Beads, Buttons, Charms, Bead Weaving & More; 8+ Projects.

Christen guides readers through the basics of beading, with information on beads, tools, techniques, and the design process. The book includes both beaded embroidery stitches (such as lazy daisy, fly, chain, herringbone, and decorative stitches; flowers made with buttons and sequins; and beaded edge stitches) and bead woven stitches (such as peyote, netted, and brick stitches).

The projects—from wearables like brooches and bracelets to pillows and wallhangings—feature multiple embroidery patterns and/or additional designs for inspiration. A robust gallery at the back of the book offers even more design ideas to get you stitching!

Christen’s book is as thoughtful as it is beautiful. She provides two helpful reference guides: a visual guide, organized by stitch type, and an index, organized in alphabetical order. Each stitch comes with clearly illustrated steps, and each project’s embroidery stitches are laid out in helpful tables and labeled photographs. All the information you need is in the book—and once you have the basics down, it’s as simple as following an embroidery stitch guide.

Christen couldn’t make embroidering with beads any easier—or any more eye-catching. Pick up Beaded Embroidery Stitching and take your stitches to the next, sparkly level!

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