I have a love hate relationship with beading. I love the way they look on a piece of fiber art but I hate putting them on because I am never sure if I’m doing it right. Am I using the right needle and thread? Am I using the right technique to sew them on or are they going to fall off as soon as someone touches the quilt? So as much as I love the way beading looks I avoided it until now…
Lyric Kinard has just released her new DVD Bead it Like You Mean it and I now know the answer to all my questions! In this 90 minute DVD Lyric covers everything you need to know about adding beads to your fiber art. The DVD opens with a review of the materials including types and sizes of beads,beading thread and needles and thimbles. She also covers how to set up your workspace and tips for keeping your beads from rolling around on your work table. She even gives you tips for how to travel with a beading project with a handy little travel beading kit so you can bead on the go.
In chapter 2 of the DVD Lyric demonstrates beading techniques beginning with working with seed beads and covers sewing on one at a time,creating straight and curved lines,turning corners and how to split a line of beads off into two different directions. Chapter three is about working with bugles and chapter four covers chunky beads. If you want to add some funky dimension to your quilts then you’ll love chapter five which is all about creating stacks of beads as well as scrumble beading. Lyric shows you how to create cages for cabochon beads and she wraps up the dvd with a lesson on how to add beads to a finished quilt top.
The video quality of this DVD is top notch. The sound level is clear,the lighting is nice and bright and the camera work is sharp and never out of focus. The closeups are angled perfectly making it easy to see exactly what Lyric’s hands are doing as she sews on the beads. Lyric has a comfortable easy going teaching style and makes you feel as if she’s sitting right there in the room with you and she moves at a pace that makes it easy to follow and understand exactly what she’s doing. If you want to start adding beads to your fiber art then I definitely recommend you add this dvd to your library. You can purchase the DVD directly from Lyric here.
Want to win a free copy of this DVD? All you have to do is tell me why you’d like to win a copy of “Bead it Like You Mean it”by leaving a comment on this post between now and Friday October 8,2012. I’ll pick a name randomly from the comments on Saturday October 9 –good luck!