Textured Bead Embroidery (+CD)

Linda Landy
Item #67021

12 creative and playful designs include one-of-a-kind earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, and neck pieces, all presented with complete step-by-step instructions.
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Textured Bead Embroidery will inspire bead stitchers, embroiderers, and jewelry makers with a unique, new twist on an established technique. Linda Landy offers playful thoughts on designs that go beyond the standard cabochon-and-seed-bead look. In 12 creative projects, Linda Landy offers a range of size and complexity. Projects include one-of-a-kind earrings, pendants, pins, bracelets, and neckpieces, all presented in an easy-to-follow “call-out” style.

BONUS: The included CD features 6 printable patterns, each drawn to scale and including materials lists.

Author: Linda Landy
Size: 8 1/4 x 10 3/4
Pages: 112
Color photos: 200
Black & White photos: 0
Illustrations: 50
Author Bio
A freelance writer with more than 30 years of experience, Linda Landy has been teaching bead embroidery for over 10 years, including demonstrations at the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild (SFJAG). She also has taught at the Best Bead Show in Miami and BeadFest Philadelphia, and she has been published in Bead&Button magazine and Bead&Button online.
Table of Contents


Gearing Up
Fundamental Techniques
Bead Directory

Ilien Pendant
Rosie Pendant
Tiny Dancer Pendant
On Cue Pin
Unleashed Pin
Spineless Earrings
Iconic Earrings
Other Side of the Moon Cuff
Take a Spin Cuff
Sakura Bracelet
Radiator Road Collar
Pemaquid Sunset Collar

Personalize Your Pieces
Acknowledgments and About the Author

Bead embroidery is an extraordinary technique which turns seed beads into statement jewelry. It is not a difficult technique as it requires just basic sewing skills. But the rewards are great as sewing just a few beads at a time eventually leads to spectacular designs. Might I add, it is also addictive once you get started!
I received for review the latest book on this technique - Textured Bead Embroidery by Linda Landy. The author came up with 12 original projects which aims to show how different beads can be used in bead embroidery designs to give them greater dimensional effects.
Nearly half the book was devoted to covering the Basics as well as a very useful Bead Directory. The basics included a roundup of the materials needed. She also mentions new products on the market like Beadsmith's beading foundation besides the tried and true, Lacy's Stiff Stuff. Another cool tool is the Beadonit board - a soft board surface with padded roll edges. It has one great feature - run your hand over the beads on this board and they will miraculously settle hole side up! Neat!
The basics section does cover all a beginner needs to know. The illustrations are very clear on how to do things - even simple things like how to make a quilter's knot. She also teaches how to make a weaver's knot which helps when threads become too short. Good tip!
Bead embroidery become much more fun when beads other than seed beads are used or are grouped in creative ways. Her detailed technique section demonstrates how to cluster, how to use triangular and hex beads effectively so their unique shapes are visible, how to overlap and how to introduce support rows when adding dagger beads.
The Bead Directory section was one of the most useful sections of the book. Linda not only explained what each type of bead was but the best ways of using them.
One unique approach the author made was to use beading foundations in a 3D fashion. The Iliean pendant is just one example. The book comes with a bonus CD full of the templates needed to help cut out the foundation pieces.
Linda has a distinctly different style of bead embroidery especially in the use of dagger beads. Several projects utilize them in unusual ways.
I particularly loved the way she used layers of dagger beads in her cabochon bezel work.
She was also very clever with spike beads. The spikes on her Take a Spin cuff are stabilized with seed bead garlands. This particular project also makes brilliant use of a Chicago screw set which is essentially a screw going into a matching post with internal threads (shown in the how to page below). The book ends with spectacular collar pieces and a section on how to make a collar template and how to personalize your pieces. The author includes many tips on the creative process - balance, color, proportion and so on.
It is a good guide book suitable for all skill levels. But more importantly, it also teaches and encourages beaders to really fly with your own designs.
-The Beading Gem's Journal, Pearl Blay 
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