Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Beaded Embroidery Stitching by Christen Brown: My Review and a Giveaway!

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I used a random number generator to pick the winner of the ebook, and it is #7, Karen! 


Welcome to the Blog Hop for Christen Brown's latest book, Beaded Embroidery Stitching
C &T Publishing has just brought out Christen's excellent guide for creating beaded needlework. She covers everything you need to know, from supplies/tools, design inspiration, and stitch diagrams, to 8 wonderful projects, (shown in different color variations too.)  
All the stitches are shown at the front of the book, beautifully grouped and organized for easy reference to the rest of the book, a very helpful feature. The actual stitching graphics, by illustrator Mary Flynn, are clear and excellent, while the color photos of Christen's stitched beauties will inspire you no end!

I have had such fun incorporating just a few of the book's inspirations and techniques into the project below. Please follow along in my process....and don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end, for an E-copy of Christen's book.

I started with a purchased jean jacket from Costco. Being totally enamored of vintage textiles, I appliqued old blocks, lace, motifs, and repro fabrics to the front and back, knowing I would be adding the finishing touches with my beading. I call this, "The Americana Jacket". Very '70's, isn't it?

 
The front of the jacket.


The jacket back

The first things I wanted to add were beaded buttons (page 68).

Mother of pearl buttons with lazy daisy stitches of perle cotton with a bead

Next came adding some beading to the collar and front pocket flaps.  I decided to use the Continuous Bead Stitch Fancy, pg 52.

The stitch instructions in the book.


Beading the collar

For the back of the jacket, I wanted a heart, so I started with beaded buttons again. 

 My heart template and chalked guidelines, with an array of buttons to choose from.

I wanted an inner heart to go in my button "frame", and came upon a great discovery: these Wash Away Applique Sheets from C & T provide a really great stabilizer for beading onto fabric!

A great product! The paper washes away, too.
The stabilizer placed on a vintage block, fusible side up


This shows the ironed under edges, adhering nicely to the fusible side of the stabilizer, as well as the beading stitches.


The beaded heart topstitched into place, with outline beading being added
The completed heart. Christen gives a great tip for keeping those tiny outline beads in a smooth line, on pg.52.

Once the back was finished, I decided to add some more beaded lazy daisies to the front.

Chain stitch with beads. Notice how the lace has provided my spacing for me.

So here is the completed back of my Americana Jacket. With my bead embroidery stitching, I wanted to add to the complexity of the detail without turning it into a "Rhinestone Cowboy" type of garment, if you know what I mean.  It's still within the vintage vibe I was after, but definitely more interesting.

Design notes: the vintage block used for the inner heart is on point, as is the vintage block in the back yoke.  Also, the stamped brass filigree in the center of the heart mimics the shape of the embroidered "A" motif in the center of the yoke. I think these subtle touches unify the design without being too obvious.

The front of the jacket is just slightly glitzy, enough to make that 70's aesthetic more fun. 

 Jacket front. Two vintage log cabin blocks were used for the yoke; I pieced the vertical strips from repro fabric. Design note: the pattern of the vintage red print along the bottom of the yoke is carried on in the buttons going down the front, another hopefully unifying element to the overall design.

Having Christen's book in front of me really freed me up in this project, and gave me lots of tips.  I have done beading before, as in my book, Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting, but this resource has lit my fire anew!

I am so eager to see and read what my fellow bloggers on this hop will present to you, featuring Christen's book. Be sure and check them out! Especially because each one of us will be giving away a free E-copy of  Beaded Embroidery Stitching. Leave a comment below each blog post the day it is posted, and that night the Blog hop host for the day will choose a winner.  We'll each notify the winner the next day on our blogs, so we can get the email of the lucky winner and email them a copy of their book!




43 comments :

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Your jacket is marvelous. I'll enjoy THIS hop! The book is on my wish list.
xx, Carol

Shirlee Fassell said...

Love he jacket! Hope to see it in person sooooooon!

Kathy said...

This is one blog hop that I am eager to join! The book looks wonderful, as does your jacket. It's on my wish list already and even if I don't win a copy, I will own this book, for sure!

Flamewerks said...

What a great jacket! Your work is always inspirational. The book will be a sweet addition to my library.

XOXOX
Mona

Sarah Aldrich said...

I love Christina’s books. I can’t wait to add this one to my collection.

NickiLee said...

That jacket is so you! I just love it and I love Christen's booksand will certainly have to add this one to my collection. Looking forward to seeing you and your jacket in just about 3 weeks!
Nicki

Karen said...

Love your jacket! This book looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

Beautifully "70's, this one is a hit, thank you for participating in the hop Allie! Happy Stitching, ~Christen

Jackie said...

This jacket as you have embellished is Sooo you Allie! Can’t wait to see what other projects come from this book. Jackie

Looneyalice said...

What a wonderful project. I have a couple of jean jackets and now know how to transform them. Thank you.
Alice

Wilma said...

Love your jacket Allie, looking forward seeing it in 2 weeks!Would love to learn beaded embroidery….

theresa mARTin said...

Great jacket, love the color and patterns.

Robin said...

Great insight! Thanks

Margaret said...

beautiful jacket!

Artistic Artifacts said...

Allie your jacket is wonderful. I love the vintage layers that you have added - Judy Gula

CAN I said...

So many possibilities! Very cool jacket that will be in style forever

Judy P. said...

It looks as though the jacket is very cute from afar, and then must get more and more interesting as you get closer. Bifocals, magnifying glass...

KarenLS said...

Beautiful jacket. I would love to get a copy of the book.

Arlene Delloro said...

I love your jacket, Allie. I have Christen's silk ribbon embroidery book, which has been so helpfu;.

Pamela said...

Swoon! Your jacket is awesome! Thanks for sharing the process of how you did it. I have to get this book!

Templar Rose said...

You always inspire , Allie. I look forward to trying some of these techniques!

GranChris said...

There is so much to see and learn. I am enjoying this hop.

Nancy Bekofske said...

What a fantastic technique!

Joyce said...

The jacket is super cool. It's giving me some good ideas for my next crazy quilt.

Sheila said...

Love your jacket. Book looks very good.

Deb G. in VA said...

Great jacket! I would love to win a copy of Beaded Embroidery Stitching!

Sheri in Iowa said...

I love the ideas of this book and what a treat it would be to win a copy! Wonderful ideas!

Elizabeth said...

Dear Allie< I would have known that jacket was yours anywhere!! your work is so inspiring and your attention to detail and fabric choices are always spot on!! You look adorable in your jacket and I know that people will want to buy it off your back!!

Mary Ann Tate said...

Wow your jacket is awesome and really suits you. I liked the button beading. Very interesting idea:)

Angela said...

Oh such a delight for the eyes!

works4me said...

What a fabulous jacket. Beautifully done and a real eye-catcher. I bet you get lots of positive comments when you wear it.

Melody said...

Love the jacket, I have a new one that I bought several years hanging around waiting for inspiration!!


Momma Bear said...

I just got mine and can't wait to try some of the techniques!

Sharon Aurora said...

That would be a fun book to have.

Judy S. said...

Great to see your post, Allie! I LOVE your jacket!

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