Dimensional Bead Embroidery by Jamie Cloud Eakin

Dimensional bead embroidery craft combines craft embroidery and dimensional and layered components. The book by the same name, Dimensional Bead Embroidery (Jamie Cloud Eakin, Lark Crafts, 2011, ISBN 9781600597961) is a useful encyclopedic book showing all the stitches and techniques to create just about any beading project. Eakin's other works include Beading with Cabochons and Bugle Bead Bonanza, and her website Studio Jamie includes free printables from the author herself.

Comprehensive Guide with Large Color Pictures and Illustrations

Anyone who dabbles in bead embroidery notices details, and the imagery for the book is a significant feature. The illustrations are all copyright by Eakin herself, and clearly show exactly how to complete the projects. The techniques are useful for many different projects and examples are provided. For example, Attachment Stitches chapter gives clear instructions on attaching bead-embroidered finished pieces to other works, and the color photos that accompany the step-by-step illustrations show four different examples of necklaces using the same technique.

Dimensional Bead Embroidery Chapters and Overview

There are nine chapters in the book: Materials and Tools; Basic Techniques; Getting Started and Designing; Using Components; Surface Stitches; Bezel Stitches; Edge Treatment Stitches; Attachment Stitches; and The  Projects (which include nine different jewelry pieces). The Gallery includes different dimensional bead embroidery projects created by other artists. And for those who saw a photo in the book and want to know exactly how she created it, the Photo Descriptions at the back of the book will be a favorite part - Eakin includes the materials she used and the stitches she worked to finish the piece.
Overall, there isn't much not to find useful. This handy hardcover book will be referenced for many years to come by beaders of all levels, not only for inspiration through the numerous color photos, but by her clear illustrations and instructions to the techniques.

Book Information:
  • Dimensional Bead Embroidery: A Reference Guide to Techniques by Jamie Cloud Eakin
  • Lark Crafts, an Imprint of Sterling Publishing; 2011
  • ISBN13: 9781600597961
  • Hardcover; 160 pages
Sterling Publishing and Lark Crafts catalog information.

Dimensional Bead Embroidery: A Reference Guide to Techniques is also available on Amazon.

Disclosure: This book was provided to the author by the publisher. Any opinions are the author's own.

Renee Shelton.

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