Have you seen the book by Maggie Grey called "Textile Translations"? It is fantastic. Not only is the book content wonderful, but there is the added bonus of free classes on-line. I'm working on the first of three and this is a portion of the project. I have dropped my vegetables for a few days and have been completely absorbed in beading this project. It is amazing how something that didn't look great becomes intriquing with the addition of embellishments. I've really been enjoying this, to the point of ignoring other things I should be doing! The only trouble is where to stop! I strongly suggest anyone interest in textile art/mixed media/surface design get this book. It is SO much information and incredibly inspiring.