Check Out Our Beaded Ornament Cover Books!

Unlike a lot of beaders, I went about learning techniques in a totally backwards way when I started. I started with basic wire working, but instead of progressing to stringing and such, I skipped right to metalsmithing, soldering and PMC. It took me several years and several bead store jobs to stop and think, “Wait a minute. I’ve never worked with seed beads before.”

My first introduction to seed beads was via Karen DeSousa’s book “Accent On: Beaded Ornament Covers”. I was really intimidated at first as I read through the book- the patterns looked so complicated and impossible to decipher, and the “basic” pattern didn’t look basic at all! Still, I sat down with a pile of beads and sat down to try out the basic pattern.

I cannot stress enough how welcoming this book was for a beginner! Armed with the product suggestions and tips she outlined in the introduction, I not only quickly caught on to the patterns but finished my first ornament with ease! I confidently moved on to other patterns, and then to other books in her ornament series. Her patterns are innovative, exquisite, and tons of fun to create, but beware: once you begin creating these ornaments, the requests for personalized ornament gifts do not stop!

Here is one of my recent gifts for a friend, based on that first basic pattern:

If you’re still looking for a great gift idea for a loved one this holiday season, pick up one of our Karen DeSousa books and give seed bead ornaments a try!

Happy Beading! –Gabby

4 comments to Check Out Our Beaded Ornament Cover Books!

  • Beth Bauer

    I own this book along with two others & they have been a God-send as I’ve begun playing with ornament cover designs. The instructions are clear & easy to follow & the explanations of what to do when covering different sizes of balls is most helpful. Although I have had these texts for years & have branched out to my own designs, they remain in my library just in case I have a question I need answered or a friend who wants to begin doing beaded ornaments as well!

  • Bev

    Thank you Gabby and Beth for such wonderful reviews of the Beaded Ornament Cover Books. I must purchase a copy of this for myself or leave a note for Santa. I love and am hooked on craft books and I find them so useful and helpful when questions arise.

  • […] have a very well-documented love of Karen DeSousa’s ornament books, as shown in my most recent blog post! There isn’t a single family member of mine that doesn’t have at least one of my […]

  • Doris Williamson

    Where can I get the book

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