Monday, March 01, 2010
Craft Book Review -- Sherri Haab's "Jewelry Inspirations -- Techniques and Designs From the Artist's Studio"
I was thrilled to be asked to review this book and when I got it into my greedy little hands, oh dear oh dear -- time stopped a bit because there was no way you could put it down once you started flipping through the pages.
Let me explain something -- I'm a very visual person, and I'm tired of beading how-to books. Let's tackle the second issue first.
Haab COMPLETELY bursts through the ceiling like Willy Wonka and the Glass Elevator through the Chocolate Factory with this new hit. It covers everything from polymer clay, vintage lucite, shrink plastic, doming resin, fiber, and spool knitting with wire. That's just to mention a few. Trust me -- if you think you've done it all, you are still going to find something to do in this book. Creative, innovative, and easy to understand, her projects are divine. I'm going to have to buy some of the materials and try out the projects ASAP!
Now on to the visual.
Is this collage of Haab's childhood memories, not the cutest? With this adorable set-up, she opens a section of the book on plastics. Each section of her book has a collage, and throughout the book you get snippets of Sherri's life, what it was like growing up, what she collects, what her studio looks like, and what makes her tick.
This, to me, is what makes the book super-duper ultra special, and worth buying even if you are a wizard and can do every single tutorial in the book. Every time you open the book, you'll never see the same thing twice.
In short -- buy this book. I am a HUGE critic and don't often buy jewelry tutorial books, but this one -- oh yes, it's a keeper. It hits the stands on March 9th, and you can preorder at Amazon.com by clicking here.
Once you get the book, I'd love to hear your thoughts!
Disclaimer -- the opinions are my own, and I am not affiliated with Sherri Haab or Watson-Guptill Publications.
(And kudos and a big back slap to Sherri Haab!)