Sian Nolan is a well-known beader from the UK. Her beaded needle cases book, entitled, ‘Sian’s Beaded Needle Cases’ is her first published book, but I hope it won’t be her last. This first edition has been published by the German publisher, Creanon, so it is currently available in both German and English Translations. If you wish to buy a copy of the English translation, scroll down and follow the link at the bottom of this page.
The book has been extremely well written. It opens with an introductory chapter full of useful tips about materials and tools – Sian recommends her own favourite beading needles for example. It goes on to cover the basic technique you will be using to make your beaded needle cases. All are made with a Peyote stitch base and then the embellishment for each varies. Some of the projects go on to use a CRAW embellishment, so a quick techniques reminder for this is provided at the back. Each project has a clearly charted pattern to follow, then detailed instructions for the embellishment, as required. Sian is an experienced teacher and her beaded needle case designs have been the subject of many workshops. I think all the experience she has gained from this is passed on in the book, making it very well written and easy to follow.
Beaded Needle Case Patterns
The book contains twenty different patterns (shown in the photos), all of which bubble with Sian’s fabulous colourful, whimsical style. The most difficult decision you will have to make is which pattern to try first! I would be hard-pushed to select a favourite, but as I love ballet, it may come as no surprise that the ‘Darcey’ ballerina design would certainly be in the running for me. Named after the ballerina, Darcey Bussell, this gorgeous pattern features a detailed pattern for the ballet shoes and leotard, with a frilly tutu embellishment around the middle. It would look adorable in any colour! Also featuring high in my list of personal favourites are the colourful and fun hula hoop design and the Hawaiian lady with her grass skirt and Lei flower necklace. Each project is full of thoughtful details, like the little sheep lampwork bead that adorns the top of the sheep needle case project. The style and layout of the book reflects all the fun of the projects, making it fabulous to look through, even before you start work on the projects! I thoroughly recommend this book. Personally I’m now off to buy a lot more beading needles so that I have a good excuse to make several beaded needle cases for storing them!
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