Thursday November 18, 2009
Stitched Jewels: Jewelry That's Sewn, Stuffed, Gathered & Frayed
By Marthe Le Van
Book summary: From our beloved baby “blankie” to the cozy sweater that warms us, fabric touches us at every stage of life. So it’s no surprise that today’s crafters love to work with it...and that we love to accessorize with it. Stitched Jewels presents 25 exquisite projects incorporating cloth, textiles, and other materials, all created by top designers. Because the craft involves such a wonderfully wide selection of techniques, these artists can all show off their diverse backgrounds: Ellen Gerritse constructs an ornate leaf neckpiece from bright mesh swatches; Deborah Boschert layers circles of cotton and fuses them over a leather cord; and Bethany Fields shows off her theatrical training in a dramatic black and white gingham bracelet. They’re unique, beautiful, and fun to make.
I don't know about you but I LOVE fabric. Just something about it...I can go to the fabric store and buy yards and yards of fabric without any real plans for it...it's pretty and I know I'll use it SOME day! So I was super excited to find a book that incorporated fabric into jewelry...yay!
You don't have to get your fabric at the fabric store either, most of the projects use such a small amount of fabric that you could buy fabric scraps at garage and estate sales!
The book includes some basic sewing principals and stitches as well as the basics in beginning jewelry making. There are plenty of pictures to go along with the how-to's which is always nice!
The projects range from very basic and simple (with only a couple of steps) to the somewhat more elaborate. There is really nothing super complicated here and I would say that most beginners would have few problems with any of the projects.
As with any craft book you probably won't love every project in the book, but each of the projects gave me ideas for techniques that I could use on other projects.
Overall I really liked this book, 25 projects that include bracelets, earrings, necklaces and brooches.