Review & Giveaway: Sherry Serafini’s Sensational Bead Embroidery

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 provides actual size patterns for her amazing neckpiece shapes.

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.

Sherry encourages us to use our creative voice when choosing our beads.

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!

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  • avatar Chrei April 6, 2011, 4:28 pm

    Bead embroidery? If it has to do with beads, material and thread. I am for it. I love to touch other people’s lives with beads and prayer. You never know if that other person is having a bad day, and that beaded project you just finished put a smile on their face. The reward is priceless.

    Here is beading back to you… Chrei

  • avatar Janet April 6, 2011, 4:34 pm

    I’m a beginner, although my first attempts at bead embroidery were over 50 years ago when, as a child, I discovered embroidery floss, iron-on transfers, and white handkerchiefs in my mom’s crochet drawer. Always the “sparkly” type, I looked for places to add in tiny beads and pearls. After a lifetime of hand crafting of all kinds, I’ve come back full circle to beads – stringing, bead weaving, and now bead embroidery. It’s heartening to know that the art lives on!

  • avatar Llweyn Friars April 6, 2011, 7:57 pm

    I first tried bead embroidery over 40 years ago and since then I’ve incorporate into some of my cross-stitch. As my creativity starts to bloom, I’m trying it in various projects, as long as I have beads!

  • avatar AlexDFox April 6, 2011, 8:14 pm

    wow 53 comments so far!

    Obviously a “free” give way chance really grabs folks attention. LOL

    I’ll have to bookmark this book for future reference. I really love Sheri’s work, even though I’m not much of an embroiderer. Sometimes you just got to collect eye candy. :)

    I agree that Sheri’s work that she entered in bead dreams is amazing. Although I have been following her work even before that article came out. I love her nature pieces the best. Thanks for sharing the article.

  • avatar Kathy April 6, 2011, 8:32 pm

    OK, Mandi. Now I have to get this book.
    My first real bead embroidery was a bracelet made when DBS’ Elizabeth Harkins taught a Saturday class. I love that bracelet. I also enjoyed Sherry’s classes when she taught here. Recently there were bead embroidery classes taught at TBR that inspired me to start another project. Sherry’s new book just might be what I need for inspiration for a project I’ve had in mind for awhile. Thanks for reviewing the book for us.

  • avatar Dian April 7, 2011, 5:10 am

    Sherry Serafini’s work is fabulous. I’d love to know the details that go into one of her creations and ways to make her techniques my own.

  • avatar Chayna April 7, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I’ve done bead embroidery on 3D doll forms and on a rectangle that was part of a picture. I love Sherri Serafini’s work and this book will help me improve further.

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