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Making Fabric Jewelry: 20+ Projects to Stitch, Fold, & Wear Paperback – August 7, 2012

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“This book can be very inspirational and open up some jewelry designers who are looking for ways to make their work different. The techniques are particularly interesting in that many of them are commonly used in stitching and sewing, so for someone with a background in needlework, he or she could use the ideas and designs in this book as a place to start and then branch off.” Jewelry Making
“A fascinating series of essential fabric accessories that provide a wonderful blend of modern, vintage, classic, chic, and earthy styles--ideal for both resourceful crafters and the fabric enthusiasts...Whether you want to find hot new ways to add your own flair to a cuff or wristlet, a neckpiece or brooch, earrings or bracelet, you are guaranteed to find the desired inspiration in Making Fabric Jewelry.” --Crescendoh
“For a wealth of ideas and a variety of perspectives on creating fabric jewelry, Making Fabric Jewelry is an amazing source of inspiration . . . These beautiful pieces cover the gamut of fabric jewelry-making techniques, from hand and machine stitching, to appliqué, embroidery, fabric wrapping, and even sculptural pieces . . . This book is your chance for creative bliss.” --Belle Armoire Jewelry

About the Author

Marthe Le Van is an Asheville, NC-based jewelry, metals, and beading editor for Lark Crafts. Since 2000, she has written, edited, juried, or curated more than 60 books. Recent publications include 21st Century Jewelry, Ring A Day, and 30-Minute Rings. Marthe has edited all jewelry books in Lark's popular 500 series and curated 500 Wedding Rings and Masters: Gold. She is a member of the Art Jewelry Forum and the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts; Reprint edition (August 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1454704152
  • ISBN-13: 978-1454704157
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
Marthe Le Van's Making Fabric Jewelry is the book for people who save fabric bits, buy Spoonflower swatches or have scraps from favorite clothes that are too small for quilts. Since some of the projects only use 2 or 3 square inches, they could also be made with charms.

It starts with nearly 20 pages of basic information for getting started. It covers fabric, sewing techniques and basic jewelry making techniques. It's written well for people who are learning new techniques such as basic jewelry making techniques. While some of the projects use a sewing machine, a lot of them don't, which I appreciate. I like small projects that aren't noisy while watching television with my family.

The projects are varied, showcasing fabric bits in a myriad of ways to fit the material and your personal style. There are many designers for lots of looks and techniques. Every project in the book uses techniques that can be easily adapted. It's all in full color with well written and photographed instructions.

It's a natural for upcycling. Some pieces don't even need sewing. Like Deborah Boschert's Circles and Squares necklace which is done with fusible interfacing. That's one I plan to make using one of my Spoonflower swatches soon.

My favorite project in the whole book is pictured on the cover, Miyuki Akai Cook's Kaga Earrings. They use a neat thread weaving technique and vintage fabric over a handmade paper core.

I also love Anika Smulovitz's Jelly Fish pendant which uses scraps in a whimsical, fun way.

There is a gallery of images for inspiration and eye candy throughout the book which show how many ways fabric can be used to make jewelry.

Just a wonderful collection of projects, and I do recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helen Vorace on March 10, 2013
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Enjoyed this book and the explanations are clear. Some ideas are very clever and worth trying even for a beginner like me.
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There are some interesting ideas in this book and it has nice photos with clear instructions. I've seem some people complain this book is too basic and others that it is too advanced. I think its a nice inspiration book if you can pick it up cheaply. There is also a nice section in the front (about 30 pages) talking about fabric types and suitability, tools, notions, sewing techniques. Its a nice little book. Will definitely be sharing it with my craft friends on our next crafting get together day!
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