Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (March 3, 2009)
Originally released in 2006 as a hardcover book, Crocheted Wire Jewelry: Innovative Designs & Projects by Leading Artists has now been re-released in a more pocketbook-friendly paperback edition. With the ever-growing popularity of crochet and jewelry making, it seems like perfect timing!
Crocheted Wire Jewelry covers the basics, including various wire types & sizes, tools, findings and basic crochet. The crochet stitches and techniques are clearly illustrated, which is especially helpful to beginners and those who opt to use some of the more advanced techniques. The author, who is touted as the world's foremost expert in adapting textile techniques for metal, really does take the art to an entirely new level. With her thorough overview of the basics, even beginners can make breathtaking wire jewelry.Sixteen talented artists combine to bring you 29 beautiful projects as an introduction to crocheting with wire. Projects include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pendants and brooches and have been separated into 6 main categories; Chain Stitch, Single Crochet, Crochet with Beads, Double Crochet, Hairpin Lace and Other Crochet Methods.
While I personally do not crochet, I can tell you that I love the look and I love jewelry! Some of my favorite projects from a pure "ooh and ahh" standpoint include...
Purple Haze Necklace - an elegant necklace made from 16 separate lengths of chain
Pinwheel Brooch - made from 4 separate squares which are then stitched together to form a pinwhell, this would make a lovely shawl pin
Silver & Hematite Beaded Necklace - made from 9 lengths of chain stitch and some beads, this is a simple number that can be dressed up or down
Round Spiral Brooch - a beautiful circular brooch crocheted with beads, would also make a fantastic shawl pin (note to my crocheting friends out there... this would be the item I'd pick from the book)
Amber & Crystal Bracelet - a sparkling little number, using various shapes and colors of beads
About the Author: Arline Fisch is an internationally known artist who applies the structures and techniques of fabrics to precious and non-precious metals, creating intricate, colourful jewellery by knitting, crocheting, plaiting and weaving. As a teacher and lecturer she has inspired countless artists all over the world. She is the author of the definitive book in the field, Textile Techniques in Metal.
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