Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book Spotlight: Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry

As unique materials go - that is, non-bead ones - fabric is one of the most interesting. With its adaptability and wide range of patterns, colors, and textures, the design possibilties are just as exciting as they are endless. Unlike beads, fabrics can be dyed, cut, sewn, and embellished in almost any way imaginable, allowing beaders to create jewelry that is truly one of a kind.

In Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry,jewelry artist Sherri Haab explores some of the most appealing ways to use these materials. As expected, she begins with helpful explanations of all the materials and tools needed to get started, which are beautifully illustrated with new and vintage examples of each product. Just flipping through the beginning of the book is bound to provide lots of exciting ideas. Then it’s on to the enticing projects, with six chapters focusing on general techniques.

The No-Sew chapter features projects that are perfect for beginners, providing a way to get to know the materials and see how they fit into jewelry design. Each of the following chapters - Sewing and Quilting, Embroidery and Appliqué, Felting, Knotting and Braiding, and Crochet - are filled with exciting ideas for necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Sherri has created many easy pieces that can be adapted for both jewelry and art projects, inspired by some classic techniques not often seen in jewelry design. Each project features a full materials list and step-by-step photographs to guide readers through the process of turning fibers into fantastic jewelry.

If you’re the kind of beader that sees the potential for jewelry in everyday things, Felt, Fabric, and Fiber Jewelry can provide a wealth of inspiration and instruction.

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Sherri Haab and Watson-Guptill Publications
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