I have several bead embroidery books that I look at, on occasion. My favorite?
Jamie Cloud Eakin's designs fit my embroidery sensibilities. Simple. Straight-forward. She uses a lot more fringe than I do, though.
Now that I'm seriously exploring felting, I've started a felting library. It fit the majority of my crafting books on one bookshelf, I really paired down my collection.
|Just the basics, the books I have to have.|
Actually, there's probably a few more that I'll get rid of, but for now, this works. Within this collection, there's answers the felting basics.
|Felting! Design! Glass!|
If I had to recommend one good starting book, I'd say "Uniquely Felt." It has all the basic information one needs.
|Newest additions to the collection|
I also like these. Catherine O'Leary will be having a workshop near Kalamazoo this fall. But, before I spent $450 on workshop fees, I decided to check out her book. I like the book. Doubtful I'll invest in the class. (Hey, I'd rather spend money on roving.)
|Beading design inspiration books. And pieces of my favorite glass. And a big amethyst geode.|
Now that I'm a Pinterest-aholic, I don't reach for books as often when I need a design spark. But some of these books are old favorites that I just can't part with. Yet.
While I'm finding I'm buying less and less of print books, for design ideas I need them. I need that visual kick as a jumpstart sometimes. Along with good clear directions.
What design books are your favorites? Or, do you use Pinterest and youtube for directions?