Monday, August 6, 2012

Show Your Colors Book Review.


Kalmbach Books recently sent me a copy of Show Your Colors by Jamie Hogsett and Sara Oehler.  I'd been eyeing this book and was delighted when they sent it to me to review.  It's a wonderful book.  They start out with 'Everything you Need to Know' about Beading Wire, Materials you might need, Wireworking and even the Knitting Spool that Softflex sells. I've been eyeing one of those.  I think one of those would be so much fun to play/experiment with. Especially with the gorgeous colors of Beading wire you can get now. I especially liked/appreciated their thoughts on color and colored beading wire in jewelry today. I sometimes feel like my wire isn't supposed to show, but with the wonderful colors available today, that color just needs to show!  Jamie and Sara present a collection of 30 bracelet, necklace and earring projects that do just that.  And they use so many different techniques in these projects to really help you soar in your jewelry making and the use of color.  After talking about the different diameter's of beading wire, they get into other materials you might need or use. They also describe different beading techniques you'll need and then into those wonderful projects.  There are so many it's hard to just pick one or two as favorites.  Dream Baby on page 46 is one of my favorites. I love all the color and texture in that necklace. It just pops.  And the clasp is gorgeous, showing it off especially well by moving it to the side as part of the design.  Then there's Burlesque on page 54.  This project is done with the Knitting Spool. I love that look and the findings just really help set the whole theme and look.  I know you'll love this book as much as I have.  So click on over to Kalmbach Books and get your copy and make your jewelry POP with color by Showing Your Colors!

2 comments:

Sara Oehler said...

Thank you for the very nice review of our book. I am so glad that you liked my design, Dream Baby. It is one of my favorites too! ~Sara

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