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Combine Wire With Fiber, Beads and Felt For Appealing Fiber Wire Jewelry

Updated on December 20, 2011

Add Some Pizazz To Your Wire Jewelry

If you’re looking for an interesting and challenging book on working with fiber, wire and beads, Elements of Style: Knit and Crochet Jewelry with Wire, Fiber, Felt and Beads might just be what you’re looking for. Unlike many wire jewelry books, Elements starts you out immediately into projects with step-by-step illustrations for completing each project. If you run into any trouble or confusion while attempting any of the projects, simply go to back of the book where you can find your answers in the General Techniques Section.

Following Hill's short introduction section on how she became interested in mixed media, the book goes into the Wire section and has six different projects there using wire. There you'll find wire for framed wire and bead jewelry, knit and free form projects including wire and chains. You'll even learn how to make beads with wire.This section finishes with a trio knit and crochet earrings with added beads. This is a well thought out chapter providing the reader with considerable but simple diversity.

In between the chapters, Hill offers some excellent tips on using different kinds of wire as well as info about wire hardness and how to patina the wire. The one shortcoming in this book is that Hill uses commercial, ready-made findings instead of making her own. But this is only a shortcoming if you're looking to make those jewelry findings from scratch.

After this, Hill takes you to the Fiber Section with again, six projects. These are lovely projects, the first being a delicious knit scarf/cocktail necklace. The remaining projects include earrings, silk bracelets and necklaces. Make sure to check out the Falling Leaves scarf/necklace which is spectacular.

The chapter on Felt is where Hill's talent as a jewelry designer really shines. She makes the jewelry designs truly "work" which can be a real challenge in using fiber for jewelry. There are five projects in all well presented with cuffs, necklaces and earrings. The Ball and Chain necklace and earrings is cleverly done, combining felt and wire and is quite lovely.

Elements of Style finishes with a glossary of techniques which is adequate for what you need to know to make the books' projects. The best thing about Elements of Style: Knit+Crochet Jewelry With Wire, Fiber, Felt+Beads is that Rosemary Hill has been able to, with a couple of exceptions, use fiber for jewelry that someone would actually wear and be proud of. While the jewelry is conservative, it is well done and rather lovely. This is a good book that has the potential to inspire both new avenues in creativity and jewelry mediums. So, if you want to learn how to make wire jewelry that has the added "umph" of additional materials, this book would be a good choice for you.

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