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Creative Quilting with Beads: Bags, Aprons, Mini-Quilts & More

by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader

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Beads must be in vogue, because I received this book from Lark Crafts yesterday. I was immediately drawn to the pomegranate on the front cover. The beads on that piece are perfect."

The book has 24 pages of "The Basics", which includes everything from Beads (pg.8) to Hanging and Art Quilt (pg.24). The book follows the basics up with Projects, a gallery and templates. There are also bios of the designers and (YAY!!!) and index.

This book is a compilation of various designers' work, which means that there is a lot of variety in the various projects. The introduction includes a line, which I think is a good reminder "...the many ways beads can work with their fabric background, either as part of a pattern on as a dramatic focal point (pg.6)." In Kissy Fish, I used the beads to enhance the overall design while the fish was the focal point. Both thoughts are represented in this book.

"The Basics" talks about beads including purchasing of beads and reminding the reader that anything with a hole in it can become a bead. "Creating with Beads (pg. 10-11) talks about supplies the maker will need to work with beads including beading needles. the chart of different types of beads from [b:A Bounty of Bead Wire Earrings|12096832|A Bounty of Bead & Wire Earrings 50 Fun, Fast Jewelry Projects|Nathalie Mornu|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1328743155s/12096832.jpg|17065463] would not be out of place in this section.

The next 10 or so pages gives the reader the rudiments of quiltmaking. There is a section on pressing, which I don't remember seeing in this type of section in other books. "A portable padded pressing board is helpful when pressing partially completed quilts with the beaded side down. The padded board will cushion the beads to help you avoid dimples and other imprints on the quilt (pg.15)," which I think is good to know. Free motion quilting. fusible applique' and hand techniques are all covered. There is also a small section on embroidery stitches.

The projects fall into the Quilting Arts magazine style. There is only a small paragraph or sentence about the inspiration or reason for the work and then the materials needed and instructions start.

I really couldn't pick a favorite project as several of them were appealing. By The Sea by Kathy Daniels (pg. 26), the first project in the book was appealing for its line of white sashiko like stitches and machine quilting. Jewels of Our Past also had interesting machine quilting, but I also like the blue dots for their varied repetition. The pomegranate book cover is quite special. The machine quilting is very effective and the pomegranates, as I mentioned, sparkle. The group of projects also included an apron, magnets, a handbag and a purse.

The gallery gives the reader an idea of the style of the various artists and provides inspiration. I wish the photos had been larger in that section.

  jlapac | Aug 14, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 160059087X, Hardcover)

Quilters have moved beyond the traditional boundaries of their art, embellishing their work with layers of beads, embroidery, and surface design. They—as well as other fiber artists and sewers—will warmly welcome this idea-packed resource with 24 projects that will open up a new realm of creative potential. The illustrated basics section covers a variety of ways to affix beads to textiles; a quilting primer is included, too, as a helpful refresher. But most of all, stitchers will enjoy experimenting with the featured techniques and making a retro-chic throw pillow, fabric greeting card with appliquéd flowers and seed beads, and miniature wall quilt of a stylized bird.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:23:25 -0400)

Quilters have moved beyond the traditional boundaries of their art, embellishing their work with layers of beads, embroidery, and surface design. They-as well as other fiber artists and sewers-will warmly welcome this idea-packed resource with 24 projects that will open up a new realm of creative potential. The illustrated basics section covers a variety of ways to affix beads to textiles; a quilting primer is included, too, as a helpful refresher. But most of all, stitchers will enjoy experimenting with the featured techniques and making a retro-chic throw pillow, fabric greeting card with appliqu?d flowers and seed beads, and miniature wall quilt of a stylized bird.… (more)

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