Book Giveaway/Interview with Diane Hyde

April 15, 2014, 14:55 pm  Posted by Lark

The sheer creative genius within the pages of Diane Hyde‘s book Break the Rules Bead Embroidery is gonna knock your socks off. Diane gives herself permission to include the most innovative materials in her bead-embroidered jewelry: pen nibs, toys, spoons, old keys, mini bulbs, and that’s just a start! This book will inspire you and kick-start your imagination. So how does Diane do it? Read on!


Q: Diane, what caused you to look for materials someplace other than a bead store?
After learning basic bead stitches, I wanted to set my work apart from what everyone else was doing. I began by incorporating metal stampings and simple filigree pieces. Once I saw they worked, I wanted to go deeper and darker, so to speak. I chose to use nuts and bolts on a major crystal-and-pearl piece for a competition. It placed first in the category I entered. After that I viewed everything as  fair game.

Q: You incorporate some completely unexpected items in your beadwork. For example, readers of your book will see doll heads, guitar picks, hardware-store hinges, wine corks, eyeglass lenses, spoons, pool balls,  and vintage thimbles used in the projects. How do you know when something unconventional is perfect for your designs? How you come up with the actual ideas?  
A: They come to me like lightening flashes. I might be walking through the toy department in a store and see a little plastic figure that pleases me. I stroll through hardware stores and craft stores and things just jump out at me as viable for my work and how they might fit into a piece. Most often I first become mentally locked on a specific color, or combination of colors, and then look for the components and beads that will bring that piece to life. Other times I could be thumbing through a book of Art Nouveau jewelry and some element jumps out as inspiration for a design.

Even the lowliest rusty bottle cap has some beauty to it, so you just have to look and think of everything in this new way. Try to tell a story with your work. If you can envision an unusual item within the work, there’s usually a solution for how to make it work within beadwork, whether it’s a wearable piece of jewelry, something to sit on a desktop, or hang on a wall. Sometimes trial and error is the only way to find what it will take to make something work as you have envisioned it. Just jump in and try. Often times you’ll figure it out as you go.


Q: What are some unexpected items you plan to experiment with in the future?
I have tubs and boxes filled with things that are begging me to give them a whirl—from holiday decorations to sticks and twigs,  vintage toys to flatware. Plastic and glass containers are especially intriguing to me right now. Dolls and doll parts are always my favorites. I’m also fascinated with the idea of creating a series of eclectic found-object pin cushions.


Q: The book contains 22 jewelry projects, plus there’s an additional set of instructions we’ve posted online. Do you have a favorite project from the book?
I love the Spoon Angel Necklace, because the iced-tea spoon I used once belonged to my grandmother. The smaller demitasse spoon in the alternate version is equally special to me. I inherited both my grandmother’s and my mother’s spoon collections from the mid 1900s. I have dozens to choose from and I just get giddy when I look at them all. These spoons impart a sweetness that, in the end, surprised even me.


Q: What would you like people to take away from your book?
I want readers to allow themselves the freedom to break away from using the expected components or items typically seen within beadwork. I want to encourage them to look with a new eye, to see everyday things and think, “what if…” and imagine them as possible focal points or additions to their work.



To be eligible for the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. One winner will be selected at random from among all eligible entries on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Click here for the official rules (don’t break those!).



64 Responses

    Mary Kearney says:

    I would love to win this book!!

    Kassie Inman says:

    Sounds like a great book!

    Karen Linhart says:

    Congratulations Diane! I’d love to check this one out. Good luck ladies.

    Ohhh Snap says:

    I love to learn new ways to mix things up. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book : )

    Carole Carlson says:

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I can’t wait to read the book!

    Anonymous says:

    I would love to have this book.

    Jehanni says:

    My immediate reaction to rules is most likely to be “Why not?” so breaking the rules is near to my heart.

    Anonymous says:

    Love her work!

    Petra Holubova says:

    I enjoyed reading the interview, looking forward to the book!

    Mary Ellen says:

    Inspiring, beautiful and totally what I need.

    Holly says:

    I love the way Diane thinks outside the box! Her designs are definitely not the “same old, same old”. She’s an inspiration.

    Nancy L says:

    Looks like a lovely book! Can’t wait!

    Cassandra Graham says:

    Trying to patiently wait for the book!

    Julie L. Forsyth says:


    Adele Rogers Recklies says:

    I have admired Diane’s work for years and am impatiently waiting the release of the book.

    Amy Blevins says:

    Adore Diane and her work ! Can’t wait to see this in print

    Erika Edwards says:

    What a cool book idea! I hope I win!

    Angela Plager says:

    Diane is an amazingly talented artist and can’t wait to see her book!

    Sandy Spivey says:

    Diane is one of my favorite designers and if you have not been to her online store, http://www.dianehyde.com/dianehyde.com/Designers_Findings.html, you should go there to find so many things you can’t find elsewhere. Can’t wait for her book to come out!

    Charlotte says:

    What an amazing book, thanks so much for a chance to win a copy!

    Jonee says:

    Love the idea of adding objects to beading, very creative!

    Arline Lewis says:

    Very talented lady with tons of innovative ideas!

    Cheryl Dobbe says:

    Oh, I would love to win this book!

    Barbara Ellis says:

    Can’t wait to see this book, should be awesome just like Diane!

    rbuff says:

    Diane’s talent and creativity knows no bounds and is so inspiring!

    Meredith says:

    Beading and embroidery, what’s not to like?

    Laura Hayslett says:

    Amazingly talented! Fabulously creative and innovative…above all, very inspiring to bead artists of any skill level.

    crafty girl says:

    that spoon angel necklace is cool.

    Mary Lorenz says:

    Break the Rules Bead Embroidery – nothing better than alternative art!

    C White says:

    I just started teaching a bead embroidery class at a local university this semester, and this is a bbok my students would really be inspired by!

    Deb Johnson says:

    Lovely idea! Can’t wait to read this book.

    Rhonda Desgranges says:

    What a wonderful book! I would love this. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Linda Schiffer says:

    What a fascinating idea for jewelry! I would log ego win this book.
    :) Linda

    debram751 says:

    Such a fascinating looking book! I love beads and have also collected small do-dads for years. This would be a wonderful idea filled opportunity-thanks for the chance to win!

    Leithleach Alainn Seodra says:

    Love “found items” in jewelry. Always great to see how others use them! And with bead embroidery too!

    Janice Metz says:

    Good Luck with the new book! I have learned so much from your posts on Bead Embroidery Forever. I am counting how many times in a week you have to say NO SELLING HERE! NO ETSY LINKS! NO WEBSITE LINKS! Just share BEAD EMBROIDERY tips, techniques, and suggestions. :-)

    Beverly says:

    I have been a long time admirer of Diane’s work.

    Anonymous says:

    Beautiful and modern. It works well.

    Terri Richards says:

    I have admired and been inspired by Diane’s work ever since I started beading. She herself is one of the most humble and uplifting bead artists I know of on social media sites. I know her book has to be totally inspirational and I can’t wait to get a copy.

    Amy says:

    Diane Hyde rocks!

    Chelsea Marie Kelly says:

    Absolutely love this!

    Sarouchka Lobbens says:

    I would love to have this book in my collection!

    Paula Motsinger Meyncke says:

    I love being a member of Bead Embroidery Forever. Diane is an inspiration to me and I would love to have her book!

    Linda A says:

    beautiful work, indeed! would love to learn more about bead embroidery

    Ellen says:

    These out of the ordinary beaded Embroidery items are extraordinary, and just think she used everyday items to make them. Oh so wonderfully beautiful jewelry, so we can make them too. I would love to be able to have this book.

    Christine Bolin says:

    Looks like a great book!

    Sharon A. Wagner says:

    I met Diane in person a couple of years ago and she is as lovely a person as she is a creative designer! I would love to add her book to my collection!

    Cathy Kalber says:

    I’m so inspired with the so many different things you do with bead embroidery. I love doing bead embroidery & would love to add this book to my collection.

    Brenda S. says:

    I love bead embroidery with a twist of spice like she does. I would love this book for more ideas and inspiration.

    kathyh says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. This book looks like it has gorgeous photography and ideas.

    Karie Roach says:

    I have so many antique spoons and cannot wait to have this book for inspiration on ways to use them! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Shawnda Steer says:

    So much we can do when making jewelry. I love your ideas and can t wait to add this book to my collection. WINNING!!!!!

    Cynthia Winter says:

    What an awesome book. She is so creative1

    Cyndy8889 says:

    I love to bead weave & love to learn more about it! This would be a great book to ad to my collection!

    HoipolloiGirl says:

    Although I think her work is creative I have found her political beliefs to be a total turn off. But I am sure others will thoroughly enjoy her projects.

    Sandra Moe says:

    I love Diane’s bead designs. Especially her designs shown in the various bead embroidery books..

    Anonymous says:

    Top of my Wish List!

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    Jane Hamilton says:

    Very, very interested in this!

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    Joshua says:


    thank you.

    Laurie says:

    would love this….how awesome

    Its excellent as your other blog posts : D, thankyou for putting up.

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