Beading With Cabochons by Jamie Cloud Eakin
Back when I first began my career as a beader, my designs were all about simple stringing and wire wrapping techniques. Bead embroidery was just a twinkle in my eye, as was bead weaving. When Sarah dropped this book off at my desk, I had a serious "Eureka!" moment. This really spoke to me. THIS is where I wanted to take my designs. Jamie Cloud Eakin does such lovely work, and her instructions are incredibly clear and easy to follow. She covers just about everything you need to know to get started in the wonderful world of bead embroidery.
The Beader's Color Palette by Margie Deeb
Ohhh, how I love this book! As many of you may know, I am somewhat of a color junkie. This book is my drug of choice. Margie Deeb is an authority when it comes to properly and effectively using color to make your beading creations sing. In this book you will find stunning beaded designs by an array of talented artists; each design is accompanied by a series of creatively named and numbered palettes, as well as beautiful photos of the locales or eras that pertain to each specific design.
The Art of Bead Embroidery by Heidi Kummli and
When I discovered that my two favorite bead embroidery artists, Heidi Kummli and Sherry Serafini, had written a book together, I was over the moon! It didn't take too long to convince Sarah that this book belonged in our library. Even though Sherry's designs tend to be on the rock'n'roll side, and Heidi's designs are quintessentially earthy, the two aesthetics work together marvelously. Not only will you find helpful tips and tricks in this book, but you will also have fun just oogling over these gifted ladies' designs.
I hope these books get the inspirational juices flowing for you, and that you learn as much as I have learned from them. Enjoy, and happy reading!