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"The projects in this book may be bohemian-inspired, but they’re more haute than hippie. Jewelry designers Eurto and Siegel work with ribbons and cords in their designs, and the contrast between these softer materials and the beads and stones in their jewelry is a source of inspiration." - Library Journal

"So what is a 'bohemian,' anyway? By the looks of this luscious book it is a woman who favors a soft, fluttery style accented with bits of silky ribbon, shiny beads and a supple leather strap or two (50 Shades fans, take note!). All the projects incorporate unusual elements...buttons, lace scraps, ceramic letters, leather knots, braid scraps...that surprise and inspire. The technique illustrations are both pretty and illuminating and the photography of the finished projects is both alluring and detailed enough to provide further clarification and direction to the hobbyist. Overall, a lovely addition to a jewelry-maker's library." - Publishers Weekly

"Beautiful photography, great techniques and a well laid-out format. Whether you are an experienced beader, or a week-ender--this book has lots of information on beading techniques." - Amanda Davie

"Love this book. I seriously have pages dog-earred all over the place. So many awesome ideas!" - Amy Freeland, Copper Diem

"Lorelei and Erin do a great job with introducing fibers in jewelry-making. It opens up so many possibilities! The use of fibers can help facilitate making quick projects that look stunning." - Andrew Thornton

"The layout and the photos are really great in this book and one of my favorite things is not only do they list step-by-step instructions, but also reference the tools and techniques used in each piece." - Barbara Bechtel, Second Surf

"It's fun, funky and I can't find one design I wouldn't want to wear out on a Saturday afternoon looking for antiques or sipping cafe au lait with friends." – Beth Hemmila, Hint Jewelry

"This will be an oft-referenced resource in my library. There are enough projects in here that delight my senses and tickle my fancy that I will keep coming back for more." - Erin Prais-Hintz, Treasures Found: Inspiration is Everywhere

"The book design is lush and the projects are inviting! It is always exciting to add a few new techniques to your design tool belt and there are many I am excited to try like the half-hitch knot and the half-hitch knotted loop!" - Gaea Cannaday

"A book that will have the bead world buzzing this summer!" - Heather Powers,

"One of my favorite new art books." - Kathleen Lange Klik

"It's gorgeous (really stunning photography), inspiring and helpful!" - Keirsten Giles

"A beautiful book." - Kristie Roeder

"The book has a ton of design ideas that will appeal to virtually everyone. Silk thread for knotting gemstones, elegant velvet ribbon for a lariat, leather in earrings...there are all kinds of things to look at and inspire you." - Lori Anderson, Pretty Things

"Every piece looks like it stepped right out of a high end catalog for an edgy, hip boutique style store. And the best part of all, these generous designers share their secrets for using a variety of ribbons, leathers and cords so that you, too, can create bohemian inspired jewelry for your friends and family! Sumptuous, exotic, inspiring and lush and filled with innovative techniques, this is an absolute must have for any serious beader's library." - Margot Potter

"The book is full of amazingly beautiful projects." - Melanie Brooks, Earthenwood Studio

"Wonderfully unconventional jewelry designs." - Pearl Blay - The Beading Gem's Journal

"These ladies have some serious talent wracked up between them." - Rebecca Anderson, Song Beads

"The instructions cover everything you need to know...from all the basics of using leather, ribbon, and cords, up to more advanced

About the Author

Lorelei Eurto is a prolific, self-taught jewelry designer who runs a successful Etsy jewelry business and writes a popular jewelry blog. Her jewelry has been published in Stringing, Bead Style, Bead Trends, Step by Step Beads, Creative Jewelry 2009 and 2010, plus in the books Chain Style (Interweave) and Enchanted Adornments (Interweave).

Over the past 6 years, Erin Siegel has been an accomplished jewelry designer, instructor and ceramic bead artist with a passion for sharing her knowledge, experience, and ideas. Her jewelry projects have been published in the beading magazines Stringing and Bead Trends.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596684984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596684980
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This unique and hip book has 50 designs the reader can enjoy making!
If you think of what is on trend right now, and you like the style of boho chic, you will truly love this smashing book!
The authors, along with contributors Mary Jane Dodd, Denise Yezbak Moore, and Tracy Statler, offer you tons of accessible ways to use cords, ribbon, leather and other fashionable materials in combination with organic type components and lots of color, color, color!

Many of the projects are great for beginners. That is always wonderful, because if you love jewelry (or you have a friend who does whom you would like to give a gift to), but you don't know how or where to start, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel is an easy to understand, pretty way to begin making jewelry.

What is "Bohemian-Inspired" jewelry?
In the introduction, the authors state, "It's an artistic, nature-inspired, and playful combination of materials and textures". They also add, "We hope our fifty jewelry designs inspire you to create hundreds of your own."

Inspiration is rampant in this book. Each of the pieces you will see are very unique and appealing.

The book begins with a pretty guide to ribbons and cords, which includes a section on how to care for silk ribbon.

It continues on with the specialty findings one might need to finish a piece of jewelry using a certain technique.
Then there is a list and photos of basic findings and materials. Following this is a list of tools and a techniques section. All these introductory sections are not at all daunting, rather they are informative and well laid out. They all combine to lead up to the projects.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shaiha on May 31, 2012
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I pick up a lot of jewelry technique books and I always sit down and skim through them when they first arrive. Usually I will find one or two project that I like and a bunch that would be far to expensive to make or need supplies that are too hard to find. Also I tend find a lot of repetition in the projects between different books. I was utterly delighted to find that wasn't the case with this one.

The projects that are contained within are totally unique with easy to locate supplies. And what makes it even better is how inspirational all of the projects are. As I sit down to go through it, I find myself jotting notes about how I can use this technique combined with ones I already know to come up with a totally unique piece of jewelry.

I could continue to rave on about this book but the best piece of advice I can give is that if you are going to pick up only one design book this year then be sure to grab this one.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By desertyoginidakini on May 18, 2012
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This book contains: a great overview of the different assortment of jewelry findings that you might need when you are designing jewelry. Clear photos and instruction of how to use the various pieces and parts. Places where you can find the supplies. Clever ways to link and use a mixed assortment of materials... ceramics, wire, cords, and beads. Wonderful photography. Just the photos alone are sure to get those creative ideas flowing. Awesome inspiration from projects by guest designers. This book would make a really lovely addition to any jewelry designer's library, from beginner to advanced. Thumbs up. Thank you Erin and Lorelei for sharing your tips and tricks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Meg Sumner TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2012
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Wow! This book is a knockout. It's the first in awhile that I've bought that has designs I've never even seen, or imagined, before. Great mixtures of media and new and exciting color mixes.

What I really love is that the magic is made from readily purchased beads and findings (except for just a few). That's better than the last book I got that had great stuff, but dependant on looking up tons of obscure resources (some out of business!). So this is an exceptional book, and it doesn't just offer beautiful designs but sets you on a different mindset, to mix things up a bit, and create even more unusual art on your own.

The only thing I would say is that it is a bit short on instructions (at least, they aren't shown with diagrams or pictures). Lots of pictures of finished products and text instructions are the core, which is fine with me as I know what I'm doing. But for a newbie, this may be a little bit frustrating at first (don't give up though!).

The photos themselves are superior, and you can see a lot of love and knowledge went into this. That says something, because I've seen some jewelry instruction books where, if you look close, the solder shows or a jump ring is barely closed. This isn't just beautiful, it's well-done.

Highest recommendations!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shel on May 25, 2012
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What a great 'look book'! The inspiration this book by Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel provides is fantastic. Although the authors provide quick step by step instructions for every single design shown, if you're looking for a book with photos of each individual detailed instruction step, this is not the book for you. However, if you're looking for Bohemian Inspired designs, inspiration and information - this is where you'll find it!

I found the first section of this book with information on the various supplies used in creating all the designs featured, from tools to beads to findings to a vast array of cords, ribbons, leathers, etc., to be extremely useful. This section alone is something I wish I could have had oh-so-many years ago when I began creating jewelry. The use of various materials and how to mix and match them, along with important design tips is also a plus in this book. The photography is phenomenal throughout the book and the designs themselves very colorful and full of texture and style.

The authors did a fabulous job selecting their guest contributors as well. The designs created by Tracy Statler, Denise Yezbak Moore and Mary Jane Dodd are every bit as beautiful and creative and Lorelei's and Erin's. My favorites are Denise Yezbak Moore's Nouvelle Necklace on page 36, Tracy Statler's Sari Summer Bracelet on page 106, Mary Jane Dodd's Unfolding Earrings on page 112, Erin Siegel's Raku Ribbons Necklace on page 40 and her Shimmering Pearls Necklace on page 50 and Lorelei's The Beach House Necklace on page 114. I'm sure this will be one of my 'go-to' books that I turn to for color, texture and design inspiration - or just to look at and enjoy when I'm in the mood for some fun jewelry!! It's definitely a book worth having in your library!
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