Monday, January 21, 2013

Bead Embroidery e-Book Review: Some Assembly Required – Bridging the Gap


I love reading bios and stories about people who create arts or crafts for profit. Don't you?

On The Artful Crafter you'll find several interviews we've done. The stories are as diverse as they are fascinating – from Cyndi Lavin mixed media artist and bead embroidery guru extraordinaire) to Tammy Powley (jewelry designer, author, and amazing bundle of energy) – each path to a career in arts and crafts has twists and turns you never would have foreseen.

And yet, there's a common thread of finding the artist within. It's inspiring to follow a working (i.e., for profit) artist's progress in their art.

That brings me to an update from my friend Cyndi Lavin. Cyndi recently released another chapter of her bead embroidery book, Some Assembly Required. Congratulations, Cyndi!

Some Assembly RequiredChapter 3: Bridging the Gap does exactly what the title says.

Using the bead embroidered cabochons created in the first two chapters, Cyndi shares five different methods (each with multiple variations) for creating bridges between the components to hook them all together into one piece of wearable bead art.

Some Assembly RequiredYou'll also find some techniques for creating even more dimensional texture on the bridges, similar to the texture added to the components in Chapter Two.

While you won't want to add this extra texture to every necklace, it can sometimes help to unify a piece across all the components and bridges.

As always, this chapter is beautifully illustrated and the instructions are crystal clear.

You can purchase Cyndi's e-books at her Beading Arts website. Take some time to browse around. Beading Arts is full of beautiful designs and free resources.

4 comments:

Cyndi L said...

Eileen, you are so kind! Thank you so much for always being so supportive of the work I share :-)

Eileen Bergen said...

You're welcome, Cyndi. I enjoy sharing your journey. I'm even think of trying a little bit of bead weaving - Kumihimo to start. You've inspired me.

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Eileen Bergen said...

Hi "An",

Thank you, but you didn't mention your website. Can you let me know, please?

I like to know where inbound links are coming from. Google warns us there we will be penalized in search results for questionable relevance - among other things.

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