Machine by Yvonne Perez-CollinsISBN 0 8019 8642 7, Softbound, 120 pages, Krause
Publications, website http://www.krause.com, phone
715-445-2214, fax 715-445-4087, address 700 East State Street, Iola, WI 54990-0001 (this
book previously published under Chilton Books).
Helby Import Company provided this courtesy copy for review, stock number BK1976. Helby sells wholesale to qualified resellers. Helby Import Company website http://www.helby.com, email email@example.com, phone 908-474-1000, fax 908-474-2100, address 1501 South Park Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036.There's nothing like teaching an ole beader new tricks!
This book is written in the get ready, get set, go format.
In the "get ready" section Yvonne covers everything from "found object" beads to lighting solutions for your work area. Also included are some really nice color drawings of knotting techniques.
The "get set" section covers designing, color choices and how to care for your beaded clothing. The care and feeding of your sewing machine and serger as they relate to beading by machine and the tools necessary are included here also. Several charts are given to help you coordinate fabrics with stabilizers, transfer methods and types of hoops. A general sewing machine set up listing was especially helpful to me when using my "dinosaur" sewing machine.
The final sections of this book are a lot more than zig-zagging over prestrung plastic pearls or sequins. Several projects with concise directions and clear photos or drawings are included. Projects include jewelry of course, but also there are instructions for beaded note cards, edgings, fringes and beaded embroidery. (Remember, we're talking by machine.) A couple of the projects are done on a serger. (What a concept, use your serger for something besides a doorstop or boat anchor!)
I know many experienced sewers will rush right to the "Let's Bead" section of the book but I would advise caution and restraint. Take an evening to read and study the beginning portions. It will save you a lot of disappointment and several broken needles! This is the voice of experience speaking.
I'm happy to add this book to my library but I'm still not totally converted from hand beading to machine beading. If I could pop a computer card into my sewing machine or serger, step on the gas and leave to return to a finished, embellished garment I would definitely be a convert!Book review by Teresa Barrett (Warped)