Follow my blog with Bloglovin

The best beaded embroidery books

Since books can always help with learning new techniques and skills, we want to introduce you to some of the best beaded embroidery books. We have put together a selection for beginners, for fashionistas and for those interested in goldwork.

The 18th century marks the beginning of the popularization of beading as a craft technique as we know it today. Over time, the handicraft managed to find its place in the world of needlework. Nowadays, beaded embroidery is often seen in the fashion collections of world-famous designers. The beauty it adds to all garments and accessories prompts many of us to learn the technique or improve our skills when it comes to applying it to our own DIY projects.

For those who are curious but don‘t know where to start, the sisterMAG team has gathered valuable resources in one place. The beaded embroidery books are sorted by the following categories:


  • To start & learn
  • Fashion
  • Goldwork embroidery

Enjoy browsing!


To start & learn


Bead Embroidery by Yasuko Endo

This book goes beyond basic, traditional embroidery stitches to incorporate beads, allowing readers to create delicate and striking trims and embellishments.


A-Z of Bead Embroidery by Country Bumpkin

This guide features more than 30 stunning projects. With over 440 step-by-step photos, it brings bead embroidery within the reach of anyone who can thread a needle.


Embroidery by Gingko Press

Between the pages of the book one will find a carefully curated selection of 30 embroidery makers and their stories.




Bead Embroidery – The Complete Guide by Jane Davis

Learn how to embroider with beads on anything from bags and boxes to pillows and purses.


Fashion Embroidery by Jessica Jane Pile

This practical step-by-step guide to haute couture embroidery covers everything from machine and hand stitching, to tambour beading, goldwork and monogramming.


The Art of Tambour Beading & Embroidery by Lesley Coidan

The book covers the history, tools and materials as well as techniques used in tambour embroidery. The reader is guided through the process of creating ten projects varying in complexity.


Hand Embroidery Dictionary by Christen Brown

Everything embroidery bundled into one helpful how-to guide!


Goldwork Embroidery


Goldwork by Hazel Everett

Techniques, projects and purecinspiration


Technique, Projects & Pure Inspiration Goldwork by Emi Nimura

Learn the historical art of goldwork in this informative guide from the Royal School of Needlework.


Goldwork Embroidery – Chinese Style by Chen Daiyu

Goldwork embroidery is a traditional Chinese embroidery technique that was originally used in court or palaces and was exclusive to nobility in ancient times. This volume combines images and text, taking the reader systematically through the world of goldwork embroidery with a step-by-step guide.


Interested in more books about craft techniques? We got you covered! We have book recommendations about Patchwork & Quilting as well as Flowers