(I’ve been getting questions from all around the beading community asking what Jamie Cloud Eakin’s book Dimensional Bead Embroidery, due out in October, is all about and how it differentiates from her best-selling Beading with Cabochons. Figuring Jamie would explain it much better than I can, I invited her to write this post for the blog. You can ask your local bead store or bookstore to look for and carry Dimensional Bead Embroidery, a fantastic book that I expect to be among the hottest crafting titles of the fall season. It’s already available for pre-sale online, too.)
I was inspired to write this new book by all of the fabulous creations I’ve seen over the years that people have created based on Beading with Cabochons. I love how the techniques and methods in that book have inspired people to bead their own fabulous creations.
There are three main areas I wanted to address with Dimensional Bead Embroidery. One was expanding on surface stitches. It seems that many people solely use backstitch, the most common bead embroidery stitch. While the backstitch is very versatile, it is exciting to expand the techniques you can use to cover a surface. Doing so allows you to create more texture and opens up so many more design possibilities. The book includes a chapter that explores and illustrates surface stitches to give a new dimension to bead embroidery.
I am constantly shopping in stores, on the Internet, and at the bead shows and lapidary shows I love. When I see something interesting, I want to use it somehow in bead embroidery. This was the second main area I wanted to address: how to incorporate many types of things instead of just using cabochons.
Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE using cabochons, but I find I get very inspired using all kinds of other components. So there’s a chapter in Dimensional Bead Embroidery devoted to how to use all those other kinds of things you find in bead stores—and how to use bead embroidery techniques to incorporate them into your designs. These techniques add a whole new dimension to beadwork.
Thirdly, I wanted to expand on the other areas that have made Beading with Cabochons so popular. So there are more bezel stitches, edge techniques, and attachment methods. These techniques expand the universe of design possibilities, and I hope will inspire more beaders.
Like in Beading with Cabochons, Dimensional Bead Embroidery is filled with pictures of beadwork that show examples of the stitches used in beaded creations. There’s a photo index in the back that details the stitches and components used to create each piece. These images will spark the imagination of all the incredibly talented people out there and give them a firm jumping-off point to create their own vision.
The main point of the book? Even if you can barely sew on a button, you can do this! The projects assist in this process by detailing how to put all the techniques together into a beaded creation. Dimensional Bead Embroidery has the techniques in a clearly explained, organized guide. It is a reference book that you will use over and over again. I hope you will use it to take your beadwork to a whole new dimension!
Learn more about beader, author, and Bead&Button class teacher Jamie Cloud Eakin on her website www.studiojamie.com.