Win This Great Book on Beaded Embroidery

beadbookcoverWould you like to win a great book on beaded embroidery? Today I’m giving away a book called Beaded Embroidery Stitching by Christen Brown. Just leave a comment below and you may win a free ebook version of her book.

I’ve never added beads to my embroidery work. Why you ask? Because if I get started, I may never stop! Those shinny glossy bits of glass are so tempting and I’m afraid I’ll soon become addicted. But if there is anything that would lead me into bead temptation it is Christen’s colorful book on beaded embroidery.

She gives you terrific instructions on how to make basic embroidery stitches like the Lazy Daisy with beads. Pages are devoted to making flowers with stitch combinations, beaded edges, and the peyote stitch. But wait, there’s more!

beadbookpageEight projects are included with the book so you can put all that great bead knowledge Christen has given you to work. Create beaded broaches, bracelets, sewing caddies, and more. They are all beautiful and full of color and light.

Christen has put together an informative book on beading that even a novice like me can understand. If you’d like a free ebook version of Beaded Embroidery Stitching , please leave a comment below. A random number will be chosen tomorrow. If you win, I’ll request your email address and send a link for the ebook. Good luck!

More posts on the Beaded Embroidery Stitching blog tour are listed below. Note the dates. If you don’t win today you may have a chance to win on the following days or read the previous posts to learn more about the book.

Ripping and Reworking

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In preparation for a new class in July at Quilters’ Affair, I’m making multiple garden stitcheries using felt shapes and size 8 pearl cotton threads. This one was going along great until I got a little carried away.

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See all those yellow Lazy Daisy stitches filling in across the bottom section? Don’t you think it’s a little too cluttered? The reason I like working with the felt is that it has a clean, simple look that is easily enhanced by embroidery. But those yellow Lazy Daisies are messy looking. They really bug me!

So I’ll spend a little time ripping them out and come up with plan B. What ever that is!

An Inspiring Newsletter for You

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Would you like to see beautiful hand embroidery and learn more about embroidery artists from around the world? Then I recommend the weekly Inspirations All Stitched Up newsletter from Inspirations StudiosThe stitch projects are amazing and the photography is gorgeous. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Organic Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

In the February 15, 2019 issue #173 of the newsletter, you’ll find my work under the What Are You Stitching? section near the bottom of the newsletter. See it here.

You can also sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page. It’s like eye candy for stitchers!

Flower Vase Stitch Along #7

vaseonwool17This is our last day for the Flower Vase Stitch Along. Thank you for joining me and I hope you’ve enjoyed the embroidery and fun stitch combinations. Please send me photos of your stitchery. I’d love to see what you’ve made! Email is laura@artfabrik.com

  • Stitch 8 arcs of Cable Stitches between the other flower stems using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Sheaf Stitch on the tip of each Cable Stitch flower stem using yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a French Knot in the center of each Sheaf Stitch using a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch rows of Chain Stitches across the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side edges and down to the bottom of the fabric to make the table.
  • Begin the top row of Chain Stitches where the top of the Blanket Stitch and French Knot rows appear on the vase. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch 2 rows of Chain Stitches around the fabric to within 1/4″ of the side and top edges to make the borders. Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Trim the outside edges of the fabric close to the Chain Stitched borders.

Thank you for visiting with me while we made this colorful vase of flowers. You can find directions for the entire Flower Vase Stitch Along here. Check out more Tutorials here.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #6

vaseonwool16These flowers are only indigenous to the Chicagoland area so you may not recognize them. And it takes several stitches to bring them to life. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch a Lazy Daisy Stitch about 3″ up from the center of the rim of the vase using a light/medium green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch a line of Fern Stitches down into the previous stitches to make a center flower stem.

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  • Stitch Fly Stitches on either side of the Fern Stitch line to make flowers.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch a Straight Stitch inside the loop of the top Lazy Daisy Stitch using a yellow thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Using that same thread, stitch French Knots  inside of each flower.
  • Repeat the above steps to make 2 more flower stems on either side of the first stem.

Flower Vase Stitch Along #5

vaseonwool13Time to fill up that colorful vase with lots of stitch combo plants. (Note that directions will be added to the Flower Vase Stitch Along page as we go.)

  • Stitch 4 lines of Stem Stitches arcing out of the vase to make stems.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Lazy Daisy Stitches on either side of each stem to make leaves.
  • Use a medium/dark green thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.

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  • Stitch Ermine Stitches on the ends of stem to make a flower.
  • Use a blue thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch French Knots in the center of each Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a yellow thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.
  • Stitch Bullion Knots between each spike of the Ermine Stitch.
  • Use a red thread and a size 3 or 4 embroidery needle.