And along comes the highly anticipated third offering from Sherry Serafini: Inspired Bead Embroidery. Do we like it? Drum roll please...well, duh. Of course!
If you happen to have Sherry's other two solo books (listed below), please don't think that this is just more of the same. Some of it is repeated...the basics are pretty much the same...but there is a greatly expanded section on creativity where Sherry spends more time than ever before explaining the different pathways into designing that you can choose. For example, sometimes you feel like planning and sometimes you don't. But if you always want your work to turn out fabulous, you need to take certain things into consideration, and Sherry shares all of them with you.
The projects are wonderful. Sherry tells you right up front exactly what bead styles, color, and sizes she has used, but she also encourages you to take off in your own direction. The focals that are used are original, fresh, and handled beautifully. Even if you don't want to use the exact same materials shown, you are sure to gather lots of new ideas to try out.
Lots of shaped beads and chains make an appearance too, including the ever-popular rhinestone cup chain. Personally, I have been a bit discouraged in recent years how shaped beads have almost completely taken over from regular seed beads in beadweaving projects. The use of them in bead embroidery, however, is a trend that I am fully in favor of!
Reviews of Sherry's other two books:
The Art of Bead Embroidery
Sensational Bead Embroidery