I was giddy with glee the day my 2 copies of Sherry’s new book arrived, one for me and one for you. The UPS guy looked at me like I was crazy, but I know you understand. Even if you don’t do any of the projects, the eye candy alone is worth the price!
There are simple projects for beginners and more advanced projects where Sherry “challenges your design sense and forces you to think outside the box”. She breaks down peyote stitch, edging, and basic bead embroidery stitches. I love how she provides the patterns in actual size so they are easy to trace. She uses some amazing shapes! Sherry also devotes time to design and color choices. All the photographs are beautiful, and the 7 page gallery of pieces by master bead artists makes you want to get out all your beads and start creating!
Sherry Inspires the Inner Artist in You
My friend Lexi noticed that the polka dot daggers Sherry used in Rhapsody earrings were purchased on our trip to Artful Bead after class. One of the store owners didn’t want to buy them for the store, but the other one did! So, apparently beads are like a box of chocolates, too. You never know what your going to get, hehe. You may not be able to find the exact beads for Sherry’s projects, but this is where she says your creative voice comes in handy.
I’m mainly a self taught beader, and was disappointed with the first class I ever took because I was more advanced than the teacher! I didn’t take another class until I found out Sherry was coming to teach our bead society. I was following her work after first seeing her pieces in Bead Dreams, and her style really drew me in. I was lucky enough to be in her Wavy Cuff class (which is in the book).
I think what made her a great teacher is that she encouraged us to follow our own beaded path and the inner artist she saw in us. The class was about design and art as much as actually making the cuff. I feel like her book reflects that. For example in the Perfect Union Neckpiece, she gives you the pattern, placement of focals, and color palette then writes “ready to spend lots of time being creative?” Sherry provides suggestions for getting started, but the bead paths you take are your own. This book is a “must-have” for every beader’s library!
Enter the Giveaway: To enter, leave a comment below and share any experience you’ve had with bead embroidery. Have you done bead embroidery before? What was your first project? Who taught you? Be sure to fill out the email box when you comment so I can contact you. A winner will be chosen at random Wednesday April 6, 2011. Good luck!
Update: and the winner is…Patricia Williams! Congrats!