Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Bead It Like You Mean It" dvd review & giveaway

I was honored when Lyric Kinard asked me to review her wonderful new dvd, "Bead It Like You Mean It" and participate in a blog hop and giveaway.  In addition to being an artist whose work I admire a great deal, Lyric is truly an excellent teacher.  After viewing this dvd I can tell you that it was time well-spent!  Are you a bead collector?  Check out this little teaser on YouTube.  
 I must tell you that everything I know about beading (up until watching Lyric's dvd) I learned the hard way.  When I think back to one of my first beaded quilts, a small journal quilt that was LOADED with heavy beads and traveled to several quilt show venues for a year, I am a bit mortified.  When the quilt returned home there were beads that were barely hanging onto the surface of the quilt.  Yikes!   Oh, how I wish I had watched Lyric's dvd before that quilt left my studio!   I would have known the proper way to secure heavy beads to my quilt surface, how to protect bead thread from those sharp-ended bugle beads, and more.  I consider this dvd a visual reference guide and "how to" for beading.

"Bead It Like You Mean It" is an excellent dvd for everyone from the novice beader to the experienced bead artist.  Techiques include learning basic beading techniques to more complex configurations, all demonstrated in a clear, concise manner.  Information is included about choosing beading thread, needles, and other helpful tips.  I feel certain that there is somthing here for even the most experienced bead artist.  After watching this workshop I now know how to create beaded bezel cages to house a cabochon!  Woo Hoo!  And, the best part about it:  Lyric explains the process so clearly that I had no difficulty understanding the steps.

I appreciate how the workshop is divided into chapters.  It is so much easier to refer back to a specific technique.  The workshop is well-edited with two camera inputs:  one of the instructor and her work surface, the other a close-up from above her hands, allowing the viewer to really scrutinize the technique.
Hats off to Bonnie McCaffery, who is the videographer of the dvd.
Another stand-out demonstration is Lyric's technique for attaching beading to a finished quilt in a manner that completely hides the knots and beading thread on the front AND back of the quilt!  

Now for the fun part:  I have a copy of "Bead It Like You Mean It" to give away on September 24th!
For a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment on my blog about your last bead-related project.  How did you use beads in the project?  I will draw from the list of comments and the lucky winner will receive Lyric's dvd!  
Please stop by the other participating artists on our blog hop:
Sept 15  Larkin Van Horn http://blog.larkinart.com/
Sept 16 Susan Sorell http://www.creativechick.com/blog/
Sept 19 Kelli Nina Perkins http://ephemeralalchemy.blogspot.com/
Sept 21  Sharon Chapman http://wildflowerhouse.blogspot.com/
Sept 23 Leslie Tucker Jenison http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com/
Sept 26 Carla Sonheim http://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/
Sept 28 Gloria Hansen http://www.gloriahansen.com/weblog/
Sept 30 Laura Wasilowski http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/
Oct 3  Carol Sloane http://carolbsloan.blogspot.com/
Oct 5 Sue Bleiweiss http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/
Oct 7  Jill Berry http://jillberrydesign.com/blog/
Oct 10 Jane LaFazio http://janeville.blogspot.com/
Oct 12 Tracie Lynn Huskamp http://thereddoor-studio.blogspot.com/

Don't forget to leave your comment here for a chance to win!
Thanks for stopping by.


And the winner is:  Cat Stone!  Thanks so much for leaving comments, everyone!  Those of you who did not win, don't forget to stop by Lyric's website to purchase your copy of "Bead It Like You Mean It"!  I hope you will continue to stop by my blog, too.  It has been a pleasure.    Leslie

61 comments:

  1. I've only started collecting beads but haven't started using them yet. I have a quilt that needs some spicing up a notch so will use it to give them a try. Thanks for your review.

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  2. Sounds like a dvd that I could use, it's been awhile since I've beaded anything and I'm always in fear of them falling off.

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  3. I can relate to both of you. As I mentioned in the review, I wish I had viewed this informative dvd before I started beading things and sending them out into the world. Truly, this is a dvd that I want in my library.

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  4. Most of my beading efforts have resulted primarily in painful sticks in my fingers, causing me to be less than enthusiastic for this endeavor. Love the look...hate the pain. I would welcome some more instruction.

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  5. I bead, if at all, rather sparingly. My last beaded piece used only about a dozen beads in earrings, but the piece works better for having them. It sounds like this DVD might get me started using more.

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  6. This DVD looks great! I haven't beaded on fabric yet, only made some jewelry. I love what I see in the promo. Makes me want to start a quilt...

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  7. This DVD sounds great. The last project I used beads on were beaded zipper pulls on some cosmetic bags. I think this DVD would inspire me to do more!

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  8. I've used beads rather sparingly, although I am attracted to them, and will pick up more, especially if they're on sale! This DVD might inspire me to use them some day!

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  9. That's a well written review, Leslie. Makes me want that DVD real bad! I do very simple beading, and welcome the chance to learn more. Thanks for doing this!

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  10. I suppose we all could benefit from learning how to sew those beads in place to they stay. I for one need all the help I can get from the experts.

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  11. Lyric's DVD would be a wonderful addition to any art quilter's library. The last project I beaded was probably a year or more ago, but with some new motivaton I know I would be beading almost everything!

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  12. Hi Leslie, this is a DVD that I REALLY, REALLY want! I've been beading for a few months, and I know there are lots of better ways! Thanks for taking part in the give-away!

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  13. I agree with Gail - you're review was very well-written! I've been wanting to start adding beading to my quilts and it sounds like this DVD would be the perfect companion for a nervous newbie.

    Barb R in Ottawa

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  14. I was having trouble posting a comment, so I missed my typo - YOUR review was excellent. Not you are an excellent review. LOL!

    Barb R

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  15. This dvd would be so helpful.i am mostly seft-taught everything- including beading.What great tips there seem to be in the dvd.Your review is clear, and persuasive.I'd love a chance to win this one!
    Thnakyou

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  16. I have some funky earthy beads on a sampler I made for a class, but I've never figured out how to incorporate beads into a fully grown quilt. I have to believe that this CD would help, so please send it my way! (sempurr @ gmail . com)

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  17. Hi! I took one of Susan Sorrell's online courses and learned a lot about beading. Lyric's DVD would be a great addition to my library!

    Lou Haines

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  18. I think I collect way more than I sew on anything, good thing we don't have a bead store in our town. Although I have just run out of red bugle beads I am using to frame parts of a Christmas quilt and will have to wait till we are in Toronto at the end of the month. Looked at the video clip and would love to have this for my library.
    Bev Longford

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  19. Recently started beading and I just love it. I've found it easier to bead after quilting and before finishing the back so I can't wait to get Lyric's words of wisdom on keeping those backs looking good. Thanks for the review and the chance to win a copy of the DVD.

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  20. My last beading piece was project using my needle felting machine. They added a little dimension to the piece. You review of Lark's DVD sounds like a valuable addition to the "tool" kit.
    Judi

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  21. I used beads on my last project, a crocheted shawlette. I love beads. Lyric's book is excellent and I'm sure her DVD will be too.
    Thanks for the chance to win her DVD.

    Susan Parker jdprkr@pacbell.net

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  22. I use beads on most of my projects but two are in process now. A bracelet with a ribbon base and a felted piece with Fimo beads my daughter made.

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  23. The only time I've used beading so far, was to place very large beads all around the binding of a mosaic inspired quilt. That thing is heavy now!

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  24. I also would love to receive this. thanks .
    Rosalie
    rwrw@comcast.net

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  25. Great review, Leslie. Comprehensive. Can't remember exactly what's the last project I beaded on, it's been a while. One of the last ones is a wall hanging where I cut random holes and then strung one or two rows of crystal beads, sort of the look like rain.

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  26. Would love to have Lyric's new book in my library! My most recent beaded piece was an art quilt for a Trout Unlimited auction. It was abstract but represented a meandering stream and its banks. There were shadows of fish in the dark stream underneath netting. I used stone beads (which I use often in my work) to compliment the nature feel of the piece. I love the combination of stone and fiber, but I use all kinds of beads on my quilts.

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  27. I can't remember the last beaded project that I did, but I once made a bookmark that read "MOM" from top to bottom. I hand stitched more than 1500 beads individually, then reinforced it by gluing the bookmark onto linen which I later frayed around the edges... it's been awhile since I played with my beads, but I think it's time to see what I can come up with next!!

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  28. Great review, Leslie. I have quite a collection of beads but when I try to use them on a quilt, it mostly looks like something I just stuck on at the last minute. One little quilt which I was really happy with was made after watching a Pamela Allen dvd, it had a row of purple fish beads around the skirt of my green-faced woman (hmm, you probably have to see it in person to appreciate it...)

    cheers, cat stone
    macstone@our.net.au

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  29. I'd love to own this DVD. Currently taking a QU class from Lyric on printing. My last beaded project was an art quilt on which I used beads for raindrops.

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  30. Who doesn't own a stash of beads? They are so lovely to look at and swell to hold!! I have used a few, but I am sure that Lyric can show me many more ways to use them!!
    Lera Cavanaugh
    ljcavanaughmi@comcast.net

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  31. Lyric is an wonderful teacher. I would love to have her DVD. Can't help but use beads on my quilts. Stones, in a river..center of a sunflower!
    Barbara from Oklahoma Mo7753@aol.com

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  32. I'm loving all your comments! Thanks, and keep them coming!

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  33. MaryAnn@SticksAndBroomstraws.comSeptember 19, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    I'm starting to bead on a round robin project today. Sure wish I had Lyric's dvd to teach me the right way to do this!

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  34. I'd love to win the DVD as like Leslie, I already do some beading and most likely incorrectly since I am self taught.

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  35. Ooooooh boy, count me in on Lyric's DVD giveaway! I am a huge fan of both Lyric and beading, so this sounds like a great combination!

    cathy bargar
    Cathyb53@gmail.com

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  36. My last beaded project was my Christmas cards for this year - I created fabric on the Embellisher then cut it into triangles and strung beads across each triangle for tinsel.

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  37. My last beaded project was a small bag made in a workshop taught by Anita Luvera Mayer. I wore the bag a couple of times (it is more of a necklace) and then the beads along the edge started coming out. I really need to fix them so I can wear them again.

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  38. I love to add beads to my art quilts! On my last project, I beaded the sides of several appliqued hearts that were attached to "heartstrings" made of thread tails.

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  39. Have made a few amulet bags, but have yet to bead fiber - to be successful there's a need for plenty of beads and I somehow don't have the confidence to get going on it. I'm sure Lyric's dvd would be a big help.

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  40. The last thing I beaded was a felted pin. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. I have been exploring layers of stitches on small bags and then adding beads. such fun! i would love to win this DVD

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  42. wonderful review now i feel desperate to own this dvd ! the last project i used beads on was a small art quilt i love how they add that final touch ! thanks for the chance to win !

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  43. I just started beading and love it i like to embellish on quilts

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  44. Excellent review, Leslie. I own Lyric's other dvd and book and they are both wonderful. Lyric is the kind of teacher that explains things so well that anyone can follow along. The last thing I beaded was the edge of a coin purse for my sister. Thanks for the chance to add this to my library!

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  45. I'm doing a crazy quilting series for my chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America, and one of the techniques will be beaded embellishment, so the release of this DVD is very timely for me!

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  46. I would love to learn more about beading. I beaded the entire top of my daughters wedding dress with bugle beads not knowing how sharp the edges were.

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  47. I love bead embroidery. My latest piece is a cuff bracelet that I'm going to teach at an upcoming beading retreat. You can see it here.

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  48. I tend to pet my beads more than apply them to a quilt project. They are so pretty! Yet, I must say, that after seeing the pictures of the bead sculptures, my beads would be enhanced if I had Lyric's dvd! Please add my name to the drawing! My beading attempts have been very weak!

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  49. I have added beads to alot of things like wearables, and do it by machine... but the clip I saw I am so much intrigued with them! I want to put some cool designs (like hers) with beads on a fall quilt... with leaves. Much like the current one I just finished. Awesome prize. Thanks!

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  50. I attempted to bead on a little quilt, but it didn't work out to well. I've been meaning to get a book, but a DVD would be terrific! It looks like an amazing video. I could definitely use the help :)

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  51. I've been experimenting with beaded thimble cases. The three dimensional project has been challenging.

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  52. Too much competition for this GREAT book.
    Ann E. Ruthsdottir

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  53. My last beaded project was an improvisational piece inspired by hand dyed fabric.

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  54. Your review makes me want to try beading again! I've collected beads for specific quilt projects, painstakingly sewed them on, and promptly removed them all. They just never lay correctly.

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  55. I have never added beads to a project. Time I learned I'm thinking!!

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  56. I'd like to say how much I've enjoyed visiting your blog for the first time. I came here via Laura's Artafabrik blog.

    I enjoyed reading your visit it Amsterdam and hope to come back often.

    I've done a bit of beading, but not much in the way of embellishing, and hope to use some of my many beads in the future for this purpose...so hopefully I'll be a lucky winner.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

    Sandi in New Westminster B.C.

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  57. Thank you so much, everyone, for your comments. I will draw numerically from all the comments up to this point and will announce the dvd winner in the morning!
    It has been a pleasure to hear from all of you. I hope you will stop by and comment often!
    xoxo Leslie

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  58. I added some beads to a shawl but would love to learn more!

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  59. I have a large collection of beads but haven't used many of them because I didn't know the best way to attach them securely. Sounds like this dvd would be just the ticket!

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