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Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping & Twining with Fiber & Metal (Lark Jewelry Books) Paperback – January 28, 2006


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Product Details

  • Series: Lark Jewelry Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (January 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579906141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579906146
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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144 of 150 people found the following review helpful By Sara R. on July 5, 2006
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This book has really nice looking projects and nice photos, but I am not sure that the book cover photo and title really gives an accurate portrayal of the contents. I was expecting bracelets, necklaces, etc, made of fiber AND metal, as the sub-title and photo suggest. About half of the projects include no metal or wire, to speak of.

Also, more annoying, about half of the projects are of amulet style pouches (bag on a string,) and pins. The other half of the projects are "necklaces." However, the "necklace" projects are really for the pendant ATTACHED to the necklace. In other words, there are no fully woven necklaces or bracelets, except for the ONE bracelet on the cover. That one cover bracelet is, in fact, the ONLY bracelet, in the book.

This is a nice book for weaving or macrame... good technique, easy to learn, beautiful projects. But, it is a weaving/macrame book, and should not even have mentioned metal in the title, or used a wire woven bracelet on the cover. Also, I think the term "Jewelry" is a little broad for the projects in this book.

I will probably make some of the more modern looking projects, such as the one on the cover, and the fishbone "necklace" pendant. I would not, however, have purchased this book if I had taken a preview.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Sunny in San Diego on January 4, 2007
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Best thing in the book was the cover photo. I think that most people think of metal and colored glass, stones, etc when they think of making jewelry. This book had little to interest someone who wanted to make or learn something like that-but my friends who are weavers, or who knit, LOVED it. My friends who make jewelry hated it.

It is possible to do all of these fiber techniques with metal instead of fiber, (ie: Arlene Fisch, Mary Lee Hu, Barbara Berk, etc.) and that is what I thought the book would be about. It was disappointing. I loved the piece on the cover.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Wang on December 31, 2006
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This book is eye-opening and inspiring. The designs have an old-world feel to them and the pictures are simply stunning. The designs were unique and seem to stay with you for a long time. The author applies (basket) weaving techniques and uses different mediums and rewrite the meaning of woven jewelry for many. The instructions are well-written and specific, and the illustrations are easy to understand. In fact, when I took a class with a known wire artist Dallas Lovett, he commented that this book is very well-written. I would definately recommend this book for beginners as well as beaders who are interested in exploring different mediums and techniques.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By L. Walker on July 8, 2006
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This is another Lark book that is the cream of the crop in my opinion. I stumbled upon this book and bought it as soon as I flipped through it and have not been disappointed. Mary Hettmansperger does an excellent job explaining each of the techniques covered (plaiting, coiling, knotting, looping and twining) and shows numerous examples of using each technique in different projects. She also includes many photos of work done by other artists using the techniques in different ways. After spending time learning the basics of how to plait and coil, I have had great fun creating my own pieces by playing with materials in new ways. If you are looking for inspiration in how to use metal or other materials in what are traditionally fiber techniques, this book can really help you do that - it is well worth the investment. And if you are looking for specific projects to make, I also think she has some very nice ones and provides very clear, detailed instructions for completion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K. Johansson on June 11, 2007
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I bought this book after having it recommended to me. And I'm not disappointed. To be true, it was not exactly what I thought it would be. But I did enjoy it. I've learnt many new techniques and enjoy the mix of metal and fiber.

Somewhat more than half the project use fiber, including raffia and black ash etc, and the rest wire. The projects, in my opinion, are not as interesting as the techniques used. To me this is a book on techniques, not on designs. I most probably won't try any of the specific projects in the book. Although they are fairly good examples of what can be made in the line of woven jewelry. There is also a good mix of styles being used so while some projects feel a bit similar, there's still enough variation to show different ways of using the same technique.

But the lack of inspirational designs in the project part is compensated by the great gallery in the end of the book. Approximatly 15 metal wire and 12 fiber projects are featured. And as the main part of the book inspires the use of textile techniques, the gallery gives inspiration in the process of going from technique to an actual piece of jewelry. And hopefully also in the process of finding your own style.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SkitzoScrap on June 8, 2007
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The photo on the cover of this book is beautiful. I am searching for innovative techniques to incorporate into my textile designs and art quilts. I'm not at all interested in the specific projects illustrated in the book, however I was inspired by some of the techniqes. If you are an artist who likes to work in mixed media, then this book will serve you well. If you're coming to the table with your own sense of curiousity & adventure and you just need to see some fresh takes...This book will get the creative juices flowing.
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