A delicate craft that has been handed down for thousands of years, bead embroidery was popular among the aristocrats in China's imperial courts and is an important part of modern haute couture, wedding dresses, and other accessories.
A step-by-step guide to 25 unique embroidery designs, Bead Embroidery Chinese Style
incorporates traditional Chinese design elements, including landscape paintings, bird and flower motifs, and famous poems. Projects are both beautiful and useful, and are simple enough for embroidery beginners. Readers will learn about:
- The different bead embroidery tools, techniques, and materials
- Over a dozen embroidery stitches for single-bead, multi-bead, free stitches, layered stitches, and more
- Small-scale embroidery projects, including jewelry, coasters, pouches, and silk scarves
- More advanced projects, including makeup bags, lamp covers, and wall art
Author Han Yu is one of the world's leading experts on bead embroidery. She studied at the prestigious Ecole Lesage, part of Chanel's Metiers d'art, in Paris, and regularly produces pieces for Shanghai and Paris Fashion Weeks, state dignitaries, and celebrities.