Bead & Sequin Embroidery Stitches
— About the Author
Stanley Levy's interest in beadwork started during World War Two. His parents and their families were all clothing manufacturers, and his sister taught him beadwork in the shelters. Upon leaving school he had a desire to become a pastry cook, but at that time was allergic to icing sugar, so went into his parents' gown factory and trained as a machine embroiderer.
To add to Stanley's interests, he was also an amateur ice skater, so was able to combine his skills to decorate a skating dress for his partner with bead embroidery. This led to him beading the dresses of many skaters in the British and World Ice Figure Skating Championships. Stanley's highly regarded work has also included an evening dress for the singer, Frankie Vaughan's wife to wear to a charity function, and costumes for dancers in Kismet.
Upon the closure of his parents' factory, Stanley took up professional ice skating, and subsequently trained as a florist. While running his own business, he also taught flower arranging in adult education. After six years he sold his business and moved away from London, though continued to teach flower arranging. This led to him starting classes in bead embroidery, and teaching and giving demonstrations to branches of the Women's Institute and Embroiderers' Guild across the south east of England.
Having qualified as a teacher for the City and Guilds Further Education scheme, Stanley regularly gave lectures and demonstrations to other teachers of the courses, showing them teaching techniques. He is a founder member of the Bead Society of Great Britain, and was the first to give a demonstration for them. In addition he has taught bead embroidery in Los Angeles and The Netherlands.
While teaching, Stanley returned to cake decorating, and completed a City and Guilds cake-decorating course, another subject which he has had experience of teaching.
Having been retired in recent years, Stanley has concentrated on writing this bead embroidery book.