Like so many beaders Stephanie Burnham's creative life started in another textile discipline. She took an Adult Education course entitled Art & Design in Embroidery and stayed on to take her City and Guilds in Embroidery. Stephanie was invited to teach at The Country Cross Stitcher and they are now in the 9th year of workshops for The Woburn School of Needlework. Here she teaches classes in both embroidery and beadwork from beginners to innovative and challenging techniques. Stephanie started beading quite unexpectedly whilst attending an Embroiderers Guild meeting in Letchworth and was hooked after about half an hour. Stephanie was thrilled to be chosen to teach as the Great British Bead Show held in Coventry. Stephanie is the owner of The Bead Scene Studio in Potterspury, Northamptonshire.
Classic Stitches:Classic Stitches designer Stephanie Burnham has added another book to her collection with the publication of Necklaces, part of the Twenty to Make series. This inexpensive book features simple to make necklaces which use a variety of beads and techniques. Beadworkers Guild Journal:If you are seeking some simple inspiration, we love the new series of books from Search Press. Aimed at jewellery makers already comfortable with basic techniques, they offer simple recipes rather than step by step instructions. The projects use commercial beads that could easily be substituted for your own beaded elements. Likewise, chains and metal elements could be replaced with strands of seed beads and beaded ropes. What we like is that for GBP4.99 you get a colourful book of ideas, showing scale and balance, proportions and bead mixes to inspire your beadwork projects. If you are itching to design but not sure where to start, these pocket money priced books could be a great source of inspiration. Alternatively, if you just want some quick make projects, there are simple to follow recipes.Sew Today:Four from a new series of six booklets by different authors, featuring a whole range of funky, imaginative and contemporary crafts. Each contains twenty innovative projects, which are accompanied by easy to follow recipes and close up photography.'Bracelets' is a great introduction to jewellery making - simply link a few beautiful beads together, attach a fastening and you are finished. Simple techniques, clearly shown provide a quick start to this fashion and craft trend.'Charms' are the latest trendy accessory and can be clipped on bats, jeans, key rings and belts providing extra bling to liven up almost anything. Once again simple techniques provide the starting point to create your own fashionable, wearable designs.'Necklaces' features fabulous, bold statement making designs with a great infusion of colour to complement the latest high street fashions.'Artist Trading Cards' are small cards which can be decorated in whatever style you choose with your contact details on the back, they are then swapped (never sold) for other cards. Trading becomes addictive and this book provides a broad range of techniques and materials. These great little introductory booklets are ideal for the novice crafter wanting a contemporary approach.Bead:Twenty to Make: BraceletsTwenty to Make: CharmsTwenty to Make: NecklacesAs I have a teenage daughter who is constantly wanting new pieces of jewellery I am always on the hunt for new designs and so when I was sent these three books Iwas hoping that maybe they would provide me with some inspiration for some new pieces. Having looked through these books I can honestly say that I now have enough ideas to keep my daughter happy for quite a while!In each book there are twenty attractive designs with clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful colour photographs. There are designs to suit all ages, from classic to funky, brightly coloured to more subtle tones. If you want to make a necklace, bracelet or some charms and like me you need some inspiration then these would be ideal.