Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Cyndi Lavin's New Bead Embroidery Book Reviewed: Bored by the Back Stitch
Cyndi Lavin has completed her third beadweaving e-book, Bored by the Back Stitch - Creating Bead Embroidery Motifs from Beadweaving Stitches.
Could bead weaver extraordinaire Cyndi Lavin really be bored by the love of her (bead embroidering) life?
No, she just wants more from the commonplace back stitch. And she certainly achieves it in this book. Buy the book and you can too - seriously, even if you only have a passing acquaintance with beadweaving.
Cyndi has the unique ability to write and illustrate her beadweaving and bead embroidery instructions in such a way that they are challenging for the experienced beader but accessible to the beginner as well.
Bored by the Back Stitch is 127 luscious pages filled with illustrations as well as photos of the twelve different bead embroidery motifs taught in the book, using nine different beadweaving stitches.
Somehow five of these twelve distinct but color coordinated motifs are brought together into one stunning neckpiece for the finale. I won't give the design away by picturing or describing it. Just let me say that I was really surprised at how beautifully it worked.
In Cyndi's words, "You'll learn how beadweaving stitches can be morphed into beautiful bead embroidered motifs, created to surround and enhance your cabochons or accent beads."
Cyndi's books often have a clever teaching tool or approach to help the learner "get it".
In Bored by the Back Stitch, she uses readily available beads and the same central cabochon. This enables the reader to better focus on the process and different effects achievable in beautifully embellishing a focal bead.
A single focal bead can be lovely by itself but put it on stage in costume and make-up; then light it strategically to reflect its style and you have a show stopper!
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.