Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Every Bead Has a Story - bead embroidery stitches


Here it is, here it is, here it is!!  I am so excited to introduce you to my newest baby: my first e-book!

I have written it especially for those of you who have asked me over the years for advice on bead embroidery: what materials to use, what stitches to start with, how to finish up a project with a professional looking edge, and all the rest.  I have also written it for those of you who have desired to try bead embroidery, but have just not quite gotten around to it yet.  And I've also written it for those of you who have done bead embroidery and who just want to know what techniques I happen to use :-)

Please take a look at it!  Download your own copy or read it online, and then let me know what you think.  Should I continue and write more chapters?  I've got so many ideas floating around for more...more dimensional beading, more work with unusual materials, more altered surface fun...in short, lots more stories to share!

There will be a link over in The Basics section of the sidebar, and at least for awhile, there will be a sticky at the top of the blog.  I hope I don't make you totally sick of it before I even get started!
  

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19 comments:

Bobbi said...

Hi Cyndi, Oh my goodness thank you so much for this wonderful e-book! I just started bead embroidery and I'm so excited to look through your book! I've already skimmed through it and I have to tell you, more...write more please! It's fantastic and very easy to understand. I love your photo's, they're great and your project at the end is incredible and again very easy to understand. This will be so helpful to me and I'm sure to many other beaders! This is very generous of you to give this valuable e-book filled with information for free! Thank you so much. I hope that you have a lovely day. Best of wishes to you on many new books!
Hugs and Happy Beading ...
Bobbi

Cyndi L said...

Wow, Bobbi...I don't know what to say! Thanks so much for your encouragement :-) As soon as my head stops spinning, I'll be thinking about the next one. Perhaps altered surfaces...?

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THANK YOU! I have just started reading and I am learning alot already! Again, thank you!

Dees said...

Cyndi, this is GREAT! Thank you so much for sharing! You have already helped me out on something by just taking a quick glance at your book! Keep up the good work (am making your flowers again for my BJP too)

Cyndi L said...

Dees, I'm so glad! (I'm adding the little flowers to my piece this month too :-)

Genevieve said...

Wow! You did a great job on this book! I tend to do diagrams rather than photos in my instructions; I've seen extensive discussions in forums on whether one is better than the other (with no concrete conclusion). Your photos are great!

Las Creaciones de Boricua said...

Thank you fo sharing.!!!

Bellesanbeaus said...

Miss Cyndi...I just printed out your book and I have to tell you that it is awesome! I, too have just started with the beaded embroidery and your book is just fantastic! The written instructions are easy to follow and the pictures make it so much easier for me as I learn mostly visually. I agree with Miss Bobbi...this was so generous of you. (and yes...more...we want more!!! lol) I would love to see some altered surfaces as you suggested. Thank you again, I am so sure I will be referring back to this e-book...so much so I may need to make a beaded cover for it!!! lol Have an awesome day! Beth

Cyndi L said...

Genevieve, I debated back and forth about photos and illustrations, but I decided that even though illustrations can be clearer, your own work NEVER really looks like that :-) I'm so glad you find the photos to be clear.

Beth, I'm delighted that you are going to find it useful. If you make a beaded cover, I really want to see it!!

Chiara said...

Cindy, Your e-book is amazing I can't believe to find such amazing tutorial for bead embroidery for free, it's very easy to understand, and even if you don't speak english the pictures show you it all...
Thank so much for the opportunity to own such amazing piece of learning literature....If for you it's ok I linked you to my blog with a post, you deserve it....
Chiara

Cyndi L said...

Chiara, thank you! I am grateful that you are willing to pass it on to your readers :-)

Rena Klingenberg said...

Cyndi, what a fantastic ebook. I'm sure you put hours and hours of time and care into its creation.

Your photos are so beautiful, clear, and helpful! The text is lovely to read. I think anyone could learn how to do these stitches from your photos (I'm sure even I could - and I definitely don't have a talent for any type of stitchery.) :o)

The SunShower Necklace project is a really cool piece, and you make it look so do-able. Also the gallery pieces at the end are absolutely inspiring.

I think your lovely new ebook is better and more helpful than many published jewelry making books I've seen.

May I recommend your ebook to my readers?

Cyndi L said...

Rena, you can say that you don't have talent for stitching, but I find it hard to believe that there is *anything* that you couldn't do if you decided to! I am honored that you read through it, and would be thrilled to have you recommend it to your readers. Thank you so very much.

cjvierow said...

Cyndi--Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing your knowledge through this e-book. It is so full of excellent pictures and I can hardly wait to give this a try. Thanks again! CJ And, for sure, KEEP WRITING, please!!

Cyndi L said...

Thank you, CJ! I'm working on chapter two :-)

Rita Juhlin said...

I'm not a beader, I'm a wire wrapper but I have to say you did a wonderful job on this.

So many of tutorial or instruction books don't go into enough detail and you have given such great detail and some of the very best pictures I've seen in a long time.

Kudos to you!!

Cyndi L said...

Thanks Rita! I'm trying to learn how to add more wire wrapping to my embroidery...maybe you can learn to add embroidery to your wire wrapping :-)

Anonymous said...

thankyou for sharing your e-book. It is not a tech I have tried but I love seeing different uses for beads and how other artists work with them
Your photos are very clear and explain each step clearly and I love the finished pieces at the end of the chapter.

Carol (N Ire)

Cyndi L said...

Thank you Carol! So many techniques, so little time... :-)

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