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A Little Bead Book Sampler

July 16, 2019

Recently, I travelled to Victoria, B.C. to teach at the yearly Seminar of the Victoria Embroiderers Guild in Canada. The students created a luxurious sampler bead book.  I embarked the ferry in Anacortes, Wa. with 18 sets of hand painted fabric book pages and the same number of custom dyed skeins of pearl cotton threads.  We arrived in Victoria a few hours later to check into our classroom and get it set up. My special Angel – Iris helped me with everything to arranging the room to bringing in extra supplies.    Our students flew and drove from all parts of Canada and U.S.  It was so much fun to meet up with past and new American and Canadian students and teachers.  At the end of 4 days each person created 6 tiny fabric pages using over 20 unique bead techniques on the pages with beads dripping off the edges. The spine was constructed using a composite stitch technique with the hand dyed threads.  It was wonderful to share these beautiful methods of stitch and bead application to create a small art object! I look forward to seeing photos of the finished items.  Here is another blog that feature beads. Gail Harker

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  1. July 18, 2019 2:49 pm

    The little bead book was one of my favorite assignments to complete. Learning beading stitches, being creative with those stitches and learning how to bind the bead book. All wonderful and of course, challenging work. And at the end, a beautiful bead book! Thanks for including this in your course structure, Gail.

  2. July 18, 2019 9:59 pm

    These are wonderful! I love the stitching on the spine, the fabulous beading and those wonderful painted book pages too – what material are they?

    • July 19, 2019 1:14 pm

      The fabric is synthetic felt as it has enough body to hold the many beads and stitches. I usually teach this particular sampler as a small part of the syllabus in Level 2 Hand Embroidery at my studio in La Conner. The students will normally paint their own fabrics in class. Gail

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