This would be a five if I liked more of the projects.
This really includes everything from how to work with metal and wire, to techniques like patinaThis would be a five if I liked more of the projects.
This really includes everything from how to work with metal and wire, to techniques like patina and rusting, to embroidering with wire, even making your own findings! The instructions are very good and accompanied by excellent photos. Most of the projects aren't particularly appealing to me but I found a lot of inspiration in them. I like the idea of the key and keyhole bracelet and the braided bracelet. Projects I really liked included Lazy Daisy necklace which had among other things, dangling glass pendants with typewritten text in them, and the mismatched earrings. (For many years, a couple of decades at least, I wore mismatched earrings. I only stopped because I got a job which didn't allow them and I never went back.)
I definitely think this is a great book for someone new to metal jewelry making, especially someone who likes coils in their jewelry (yes,there were A LOT of them). I plan to get a copy. ...more
This is a pretty book. I like the design of it, which although it probably shouldn't, affects my opinion of a book overall. Unfortunately, I3.5 stars
This is a pretty book. I like the design of it, which although it probably shouldn't, affects my opinion of a book overall. Unfortunately, I am disappointed by the book as it doesn't live up to the promise.
There are things to like. I really appreciate that each project has a complete materials list including needle sizes, the stitches used and the featured techniques. There are a surprising number of stitchery types used--such as crewel, ribbonwork, and bargello--despite the whimsical title and motifs used in most of the designs. Unfortunately, most of the projects don't really make use of much other than basic stitches and there isn't anything new despite the designers being different people. The items include things like electronic cases, a pillow, table runner, and cuff braclet--same old same old.
Unlike most embroidery books, the stitch and technique guide is at the back, taking up nearly half the book. A lot is included and the instructions are again pretty and plentiful and yet surprisingly not adequate for the more involved stitches.
So while this might be useful to someone new to embroidery who is already a crafter or who has done a couple of basic things so far, it's not really useful to a true beginner or an even moderately experienced stitcher. ...more
Although a small book, there is quite a bit packed in here including a (very) brief history of feltmaking. The book claims to cover a variety3.5 stars
Although a small book, there is quite a bit packed in here including a (very) brief history of feltmaking. The book claims to cover a variety of ways to make felt, which it doesn't really (it doesn't cover knitting/crocheting or needle felting) but for making traditional felt, it does a good job. The instructions are well done in separate steps with pretty good photos accompanying them.
The projects are interesting including a couple I've not seen in a felting book before such as adult booties, a lacy scarf, and a quilted pillow. Although I'm not as interested in this craft as some others I'm neck deep in materials for, this is a book I might add to my collection....more
This book isn't very good even allowing for when it was written (1979). It suffers from a multitude of problems from trying to cover to much-1.5 stars
This book isn't very good even allowing for when it was written (1979). It suffers from a multitude of problems from trying to cover to much--knitting, crocheting, embroidery, tatting, sewing, macrame and rugmaking--to a terrible format--almost 700 pages of a reference book in a trade paperback size. You can't even open the pages all the way without breaking the spine, let alone keep them open with one hand or a weight on the pages so you can actual use it.
The instructions and illustrations range from adequate to useless unless you already know the techniques. The hand drawn examples of the patterns are not very good as the lines are too thick. The embroidery instructions are better than the rest, but there are gobs of better books out there. The absurdity of trying to cover sewing as part of such a tome is laughable as it's such a huge field. Even worse, it's only 38 of those 700 pages long. At least with the other crafts there are a limited number of techniques and you can do a lot just knowing how to knit and purl for example.
Overall, this book is really not at all useful, even for someone wanting a quick reference or a brush up. I recommend getting a book specifically for the technique you are trying. My shelves are full of books I think are much better if you'd like a place to start. It's hard to recommend just one or two as there are so many good ones out there. I only have three types of crafts sorted on their separte shelves as well right now but I've included them, too. (These are sorted by rating.):