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Book Giveaway: “Bead Embroidery: Stitch Samples”

Bead Embroidery: Stitch Samples by CRK Design and Yasuko Endo (Interweave Press LLC, 2012)

CRK Designs and Yasuko Endo’s collaboration, Bead Embroidery: Stitch Samples (Interweave Press LLC, 2012) serves as a step-by-step manual that offers the reader various lessons on bead embroidery. Each stitch pattern will allow you to incorporate beads into your favorite embroidery stitches. The stitch patterns included in the text range from simple, single motifs to more complicated all-over patterns, to three-dimensional designs, allowing readers ample opportunity to advance or perfect their embroidery skills. The book’s bright patterns will intrigue you, and the simple step-by-step descriptions will lead you to realize your embroidery potential.

CRK Design is a Japanese design firm comprised of six graphic designers that design and produce books. Yasuko Endo is a crafter and designer for CRK. She has also presented her embroidery techniques on the Japanese television program, Sutekini Handmade. She is also based in Japan.

What type of garment would you like to embroider with beads and why? Be sure to answer this question in the comment section below if you are interested in this fabulous giveaway. Comment submissions must be completed before midnight EST on October 31, 2014. The winner be randomly chosen, contacted via email, and announced online during the week of November 3, 2014. Good Luck!


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    CKPaz | | #1

    My first embellished garment would have beading around the neckline and sleeve cuffs. This book would go a long way with me.

  2. Marty_Marie | | #2

    i would love to embellish the neckline of a dress with beaded embroidery. I would love to use a really dark solid nave any a bright bead color to have it "pop"!

  3. bubbajean | | #3

    I think I would use the beading on dresses for my two granddaughters, probably something with a yoked bodice that could have some embroidery and beads together, I know they would love it and it would be a new craft for me. This bok looks like it will be a good reference.

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    ShiningStar | | #4

    I would try a simple pullover top. That way i won't feel bad if I mess out.

  5. felinecatz | | #5

    I would embellish a beautiful silky nightgown for my Mum who has not been well for some time. I'm a practical pyjama woman myself but she loves soft slinky shimmery things and I am hard put to think of anything more frivolous that would delight her more than this.

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    LuvThreadsMagazine | | #6

    The ends of a scarf, or maybe a handbag; beads hold a quirky fascination, as use of only a few can personalize an item.

  7. joanrob8 | | #7

    I would love to bead embroider a dress. I've embroidered all my life but have been to reluctant to add beading. And of course the embroidery that comes out of Japan is fantastic. Hope I an. Thank you

  8. user-3359114 | | #8

    I would love to learn more about beading and embellishment.
    The book would be a wonderful reference.

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    KatLadee | | #9

    A vest or shrug embellished with beaded embroidery can dress up any top or dress that is underneath! I enjoy doing handwork whenever I have the chance to do so.

  10. user-943517 | | #10

    Haven't done any beading and would need advice when starting out

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    Countessa | | #11

    I would love to decorate the outside edges of a Channel type jacket that I would make; it would be amazing and original to do my own beaded embroidery.

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