The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) teaches hand embroidery to the highest standard and is well respected all over the world. It not only upholds the traditions of English embroidery that go back many hundreds of years, but is constantly taking embroidery forwards in new and innovative ways. This series of Essential Stitch Guides has been produced in close collaboration with the RSN with the aim of providing a set of definitive works on traditional embroidery techniques. All of the authors were chosen by the RSN and all are graduate apprentices of the Royal School.
Shelley Cox presents an expert guide to all aspects of bead embroidery, including information on counted thread beadwork, bead embroidery, beaded surface embroidery, and fringing. Here you will find stitches and technique for every sort of needlework that involves beads. Decorative effects are explored too, making this a fantastic source book and an invaluable reference for beadwork.
Shelley Cox was born and brought up in New Zealand. She trained as a Librarian before coming to England at the age of twenty-two. After several years of travelling, her lifelong interest in history and craft prompted a change of career and she was acceoted on to the RSN Apprenticeship scheme. Graduating at the top of her class, Shelley went on to work full time in the RSN Studio and as a teacher for three years. Now freelace, Shelley works both as a teacher and on commission for the RSN from her studio on the Kent/Sussex border. She teaches all over the UK and overseas to both groups and individuals.
The Royal School of Needlework 6 Introduction 8 The history of bead embroidery 10 Materials 14 Framing up 25 STITCHES 28 Basic techniques 28 Counted thread beadwork 32 Counted thread stitches 34 Bead Embroidery 54 Bead Embroidery Stitches 56 Beaded Surface Embroidery 68 Surface embroidery stitches 70 Fringes 82 Edging and fringing stitches 84 Index 96