Elegant Crochet Jewelry Made Easy- Formal Jewelry by Karen McKenna

ScannedImageI always keep an eye out for something new to learn, something to new to inspire me, something new to my bookshelf. I definitely think that the latest book by Karen McKenna, Formal Jewelry from Leisure Arts, fits that bill. (Find it on Amazon here)

FJ CoverKaren has a design style that is professional, clean, trendy, yet polished, and it is definitely apparent in the design she shares in this book . This downloadable book offers projects that are simple to construct, and need only basic crochet skills, but have an elegant appearance. The biggest learning concept for me was the use of jewelry tools, clasps and the approach to using beads. There are links to “how to videos” throughout this book. I think that almost every step has a tutorial so that even the most inexperienced stitcher or crafter can produce the stunning pieces. However as I live in an area with limited internet availability I did not personally use the videos, but even without the videos the instructions are quite clear and easy to follow.

Double Pearl NecklaceMany of the beads are pearls (I am a sucker for pearls), but I can easily see how these formal designs can be made into everyday wear by changing to a less formal bead. The barefoot sandals are quite nice. I could see these as fun additions to a day on the beach as well as enjoyed by several dancer friends, as well as the intended purpose of formal wear.Silver Barefoot Sandal-001

I think my biggest take away from this book is how to get a very professional finish to crochet jewelry. The section on finishing actually focuses directly on working with crochet chains and how to use them with jewelry components effectively.

If you are having a big event upcoming in your life, or the life of a loved one, or simply like elegant jewelry I suggest that you download a copy of this book and give the skills a whirl, I am sure you will enjoy your finished product!

Attending the Big Events

ScannedImageIf you have never attended a large fiber conference I recommend that you at least attend one once in your life time. The opportunities are more then you can imagine. Usually you find great venders in yarn, as well as books and unique supplies; there are even classes to take with a wide range of specialties. I mention this because I will be at Stitches West this week and look forward to seeing all the interesting booths. The Convention Center in Santa Clara, California is always filled with booths of various types supporting all kinds of fiber arts. One year my sister attended with me, and found a new hobby of needle felting. If you happen to be in the area, stop by Saturday and say “Hi”, I’ll be at the Lisa Souza Knitwear and Dyeworks Booth (720/22/24) with the release of my new patterns!