I'm excited to be involved in the Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry Blog Celebration (which includes a cool challenge via Polyvore.com). Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel, along with contributors Maire Dodd, Tracy Statler, and Denise Yezbak Moore, created a unique beading book that focuses on various types of cording, ribbon, and fiber to make beautiful jewelry. It's a pretty awesome book!
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.
One of the things I've enjoyed working with is waxed linen. "Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry" covers the knotting technique I used in this piece of jewelry:
The polymer clay is by Barbara Bechtel and I made the lampwork beads. The bird is by Mamacita Beadworks (she's also making my new jewelry tags!!!) and the bar connector is by Green Girl Studios. You can see I used a combination of overhand knotting and overhand knotting after sliding a bead onto one of the threads (you can see that on the pink Czech glass rounds).
I have just started using cord in my jewelry and this book will certainly help jump-start my creativity! I recommend it to any level beader.
You can jump start YOUR creativity by visiting the official Polyvore Challenge page (click here!) via Beading Daily. You'll learn about how to win a free book, get to visit with the authors and contributors, and hop through the rest of the blogs in the blog party!