Monday Book Review and Giveaway: Break the Rules


This is a brand new book out by Lark Crafts. Diane Hyde  wanted to stand out from the masses and once she learned some basic stitches,  started incorporating found objects and other non-traditional components into her work.  She is now sharing a plethora of information in her new book called Break the Rules: Bead Embroidery {22 jewelry projects featuring innovative materials} 

I sat down with this book over the weekend and really enjoyed every aspect of it. The first 20 pages include details on objects, with lots of great pictures and inspiring ideas on what can be incorporated in bead embroidery designs. Things you have never even thought of, I'm sure. Like Dice, Corks, and guitar picks!  Or porcelain doll parts, rocks, bones, feathers!  The techniques section is really wonderful as well. I have never done bead embroidery but after reading through the step by step techniques, I really do feel that I could conquer some really basic stitches which is really the basis of this inspirational book. 

There are basic projects, and more advanced projects, a little bit for every skill level. My favorite piece (a variation on the thimble bracelet)  is Pot of Posies, a pendant made from a thimble, and stitched lucite flowers and felt ball with some fringy chain. So adorable!

Or the peyote stitched dice bracelet with scrabble pieces for extra personalized flair! The projects are all really attractive, with great colors and I believe any beader or bead weaver could pull inspiration from this book!

I have one copy that I am giving away here at the blog. Please leave a comment on this post and tell me about the wackiest thing you have ever included in one of your beaded designs. I will pick 1 random winner for a copy, tomorrow morning around 8am est.

Good luck all!