I get a lot of questions about bead embroidery and I am no expert. I started bead embroidery about a year ago but I do love it. I like the freedom of never knowing where a piece might take me or even where that next bead is going to go in the design. You can of course plan out your designs and have more control, but I like the abstract nature of just going with the flow. I have always admired the great bead weavers Sherry Serafini and Heidi Hummli and their book Bead Art Embroidery Techniques is invaluable. I bought this book and just looked at it for some time never trying to actually do any bead embroidery. One day a bead friend Carol Dean Sharpe from Sand Fibers post this video by Sherry Serafini on FB and I just had to get started. So far I have made about 8 cuffs and 2 collars and am half way thru a third collar. I understand Sherry Serafini has a new book coming out next year - I can't wait.
So what are you waiting for - give bead embroidery a try. Maybe start with earrings and then move up to a cuff. Here are some other great bead Embroidery Artists:
Patrizia Tager Triz - Good Quill Hunting - Sedona Skye - Hanna Rachel