Natalie Chanin's hand applique work often includes beads.
I have tried using them here and there on small projects, but I have it in my mind to try and make a larger garment with them all over it. Either a tank top or a skirt probably. I have ordered some of the beads from her site and starting to play around with them a bit.
One of the tricks is finding a needle small enough to get them on there but also with a large enough eye to get the thick button craft thread through it. A delicate balance for sure.
Jennifer from See How We Sew blog recently alerted me to a give away she hosted some time back for Yoko Saito's new book. It's quite rare to run into a publication by her in English, so I'm excited to get a copy of it. it's called House Warming Patchwork. Looks like you can already order it online.
Not sure I can wait for Santa to get my own copy of it! ;)