Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Book Review: Elements of Style

I was intrigued by the title of this book and couldn't wait to get it. Fiber jewelry is getting more popular but there aren't alot of books out on the subject. I wanted to see what projects this book offered and I was not disappointed. With pretty simple materials you'll be making modern wearable art pieces of fiber art.

The book contains seventeen projects that combine the writers 3 passions - beading, knitting and crocheting and she combines them perfectly. Elements of Style will appeal to jewelry makers of all levels as well as knitters/crocheters who never thought about using those skills to make jewelry. No matter what your experience with knitting or crochet, this book will get you familiar with the materials, tools, and techniques. This book is so well written with great illustrations and instructions that someone like me who can't knit, feels confident enough to make the knit jewelry projects. I think this is one of the strongest elements of this book. Most of these are basic wireworking, beading, knitting and crochet so a beginner won't feel overwhelmed. There are special technique sidebars and tip boxes throughout the book which will make sure you are successful with every project.

The book is in three sections: wire projects, fiber projects, then felting projects. There are so many pieces in here that I like its hard to narrow down a few. For the Wire section, my fave is the "Trio of Wire Earrings". It has instructions for beaded rectangles, beaded triangles or wire rounds. I really like the triangles the best. In the fiber section, the very first project is my favorite - a scarf cocktail necklace made with stainless steel/silk blend yarn. GORGEOUS!!!! In the felting section I am ga-ga over the "Circles Cuff" Another great thing I really like about this book is that because the projects are small its a great way to use up all those little bits of fiber, beads, and wire from we all hoard!

If you are looking for something a little different in your jewelry making or are curious about knit/crochet jewelry this is definately a book you will want to pick up. You can preview the book on the Interweave website and see a few of the projects.


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TeriB said...

Thanks for the review! I've seen this on amazon but not ordered it---it's always much better when another designer/crafter tells us about it, then I can be sure it's worth the money! Teri