Thursday, February 16, 2012

Creative Quilting with Beads - Now in Paperback

Lark Books has published the popular Creative Quilting with Beads as an affordable paperback book.

There is a nice review of quilting basics for the non-quilter and then 20 + projects of varying complexity. A number of them would make lovely gifts.

The book concludes with a gallery of photos of related work by other artists. In total, this book is loaded with eye candy that makes my fingers itch to play with beads again.

One project that I liked particularly well was done by Larkin Jean Van Horn, pg 68-71, is called Jewels of Our Past. Full directions are given for making the pieced background and directions for creating the backing of the beaded applique and attaching them to the background are given. It would have been nice to give a bit more information about the beading design but the photos provide plenty of inspiration. The applique idea could be used to create button covers or a lovely broach.

One of the pieces from the gallery section that I particularly liked was by Lisa Binkley, pg 114, called Seedlings. I loved the subject matter and the use of face beads as sections of the cone!

This is a book that warrants being in a personal library for both the eye candy appeal as well as the inspirational projects.

If you would like a chance at winning this book, leave a comment here -- and your contact information - on my blog and I will draw a name on February 20 and send a copy of the book to a lucky someone.



  1. WOW! This really looks wonderful. Hope I win this lovely book. It looks like a great idea starter.

  2. Looks like a great book - one I would like to put on my textile library shelves.

    Kristin McNamara Freeman

  3. Marilee Wertlake, SkyStone CreativeFebruary 16, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    So happy to see Lisa Binkley's beautiful beading highlighted in this book and review. Lisa has inspired and mentored many new beaders in the Madison area, planting seeds of her own.

    Marilee Wertlake
    SkyStone Creative - Spiritual Beads & Tarot

  4. I'd love a chance to win this book!

  5. Wow love the previews, great review. Hope I win it! Andee

  6. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Looks like a really fun book! I'd be happy to have it in my library.

  8. Eye candy -- I'll say! I have a fair collection of beads (and buttons) but have generally used them in embroidery and crazy quilting. This book puts quite a different spin on it. I am interested in what the weight of a concentration of bead would do to a quilt...

    Just call me a 'wannabead'! :-)


  9. Hi~
    The book likes beautiful and soooo much fun!!! I'd love to win the book and get to work! Thank you, Gigi *L ))

  10. Would love to win this book--great eye candy, indeed! I love your art quilts.

  11. I use beads on some of my pieces, and I'd love to have a chance to read this book and see what others are doing

    thanks for giving me a chance to win it!

  12. I saw this book at my local bead store and I really want it! If I were to WIN it, I'd be in heaven! Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. This book would make a lovely addition to my library. I'm a beader, and my husband just started quilting, so there'd be something for both of us!

    -- Sarah at Saturday Sequins


    1. Sarah, you are the winner of the book. Send me your snail mail address privately to me at ngcook1 at bellsouth dot net

      If I do not hear from you by 2/25 the book will go to the next person on the list.


  14. Very nice, I'd love to win a copy of your book.
    Thank you for the chance.

    Susan Parker

  15. I have admired Larkin's bead work for sometime......And enjoy seeing your work around Charlotte from time to time.

  16. Nice review, Nancy. I like the photos from the book. Thanks for counting me in.