Today we are celebrating the release of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry co-written by Art Bead Scene contributor Erin Siegel. Erin paired up with Lorelei Eurto to bring a book that focuses on adding fibers to jewelry designs in a fashion-forward boho style.
If you haven't had a chance to check out the book you need to add this one to your shelf. It's packed with 50 inspiring designs, many featuring art beads - which is always a plus around here!
The book definitely has me pulling out different fibers to add to my jewelry designs. There are plenty of new techniques in the book that I know I will use again and again. I have a collection of waxed linen, silk and leather piled up on my bead table with my copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry nearby for inspiration.
I've particularly enjoyed working with the waxed linen and decided to do a mash-up of projects featured in the book. I love the look of Erin's "In the Garden" necklace combining great focal with knotted beads and complimented with a silk ribbon. But I wanted to use a focal with two holes and combined the use of linen in Erin's "Indigo Forest" project. I love how Erin used the linen in a contrasting color as a design element and pulled out a lovely sage green to use in my necklace.
So I combined the two techniques with a mix of stones, glass and resin beads with one of my new pendants. I finished off my design with large brass rings and hand-dyed sari silk ribbon. I love that with just a few changes you can create a completely new necklace. The book offers so many jumping off points - interesting combinations of materials, new techniques and great color combinations. You could spend all summer with this book as your inspiration and never run out of ideas to mash-up into your own creations!
You can find the Blue Bloom pendant at Humblebeads and a great source for waxed linen is White Clover Kiln.
Congratulations to Erin and Lorelei for creating a book that will have the bead world buzzing this summer!