Friday, June 22, 2012

Inspired By Fibers And Cords!

This weekend, Beading Daily is hosting a blog hop for the Book "Bohemian Inspired Jewelry"  written by the ultra talented Lorelei Eurto and Erin Siegel. It is filled with gorgeous projects that introduce you to the wide assortment of fibers and the many beautiful ways they can be incorporated into jewelry designs.

Taking inspiration from the necklace titled Autumnal Arrangement on page 38, I used silk cord to link ceramic discs and a toggle that I purchased from Captured Moments. To balance the boldness of the discs, I added in a really fun and unique crocheted yarn that is three inches wide when stretched. The graduated colors of taupe to gray complimented the discs and toggle.

The second piece that I created involved simple overhand knotting in between ceramic beads created by Elaine Ray, with a rhodium plated rectangle bead as the focal. I finished the necklace combining polyester chain and silk ribbon to glass rings, giving the overall design an organic feel. Some examples of overhand knotting can be found on pages 59, 63 and 78 in the book.

This next design was inspired by the resin beads that I purchased from Rings and Things a few days ago, taking inspiration from the Fleur De Lis bracelet on page 89.

One of my favorite new art books, Bohemian Inspired Jewelry is a beautiful resource for adding texture and color to designs. The Interweave Store as well as Lorelei and Amazon all have copies of the book for sale.

Bohemian Inspired Jewelry

In celebration of this event, I will be giving away an assortment of fibers to help inspire some Bohemian Inspired Jewelry! I will select a winner randomly from the comments left on this post.
Winner will be chosen Monday June25th!

Please visit the other participants!

Amanda Davie - Articulations of Amanda Davie
Amy Freeland - CopperDiem
Barbara Bechtel - Second Surf   
Beth Hemmila - Hint Jewelry      
Erin Prais-Hintz - Tesori Trovati 
Gaea Cannaday - Gaea Handmade          
Heather Powers - Art Bead Scene            
Heather Trudeau - The Peacock Fairy     
Kathleen Lange Klik - Modern Nature Studio
Keirsten Giles - Cerebral Dilettante         
Kristie Roeder - Artisan Clay       
Lori Anderson - Pretty Things    
Melanie Brooks - Earthenwood Studio  
Michelle Mach - Beads & Books
Rebecca Anderson  - Song Beads             
Rebekah Payne - TreeWingsStudio          
Sally Russick - The Studio Sublime            
Shannon Chomanczuk- For My Sweet Daughter               
Shannon LeVart - Miss Fickle Media 
Staci Smith - Staci Smith Jewelry               
Stacie Florer - Love My Art Jewelry         
Susan Kennedy - Sue Beads        


  1. Wow! Beautiful work! I'm inspired!

  2. Awesome, lovely and inspirational pieces! Found you through the hop. I can't wait for my book to arrive.

  3. I love your take on the designs! I especially like the last necklace. Very pretty! Enjoy the day, Miss Kathleen! Erin

  4. Beautiful! I'm especially struck by your resin necklace, since it's so different from the projects in the book. It's amazing how the same technique can produce a totally unique piece just by using different materials.

  5. Beautiful creations! Thanks for a chance to win some fibers...I love adding them to my designs for texture and color!

  6. Love that top necklace! The boldness of the ceramic discs mixed with the soft silk and crochet yarn is magnificent :)

  7. I am SO IN LOVE with every necklace you created! Oh that soft soft yarn ribbon in the first piece- I have some of this stuff. it's amazingly soft! May have to drag mine out this weekend!
    Thank you for blogging about the book with us this weekend!
    Appreciate it!
    Is that last necklace for sale??

  8. I absolutely love the seond necklace! I love how the simple chain shows off the colorful beads!

  9. Those pieces are fantastic - I love your blog!

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. So pretty! I really love that second necklace especially!

  12. amazing book, I would definitely need lots of cord after I get it!!


  13. you can't have enough cord
    the book seems beautiful
    <3 <3


  14. Love your designs and this book. Can't wait to see more interpretations.
    Jane Knaub

  15. My favorite of your pieces is is the last one simple but efective. My book arrived Thursday so I would love to win some fibers to play with. Thanx

  16. such a cool book! I'd love to win!

  17. Kathleen,

    Fantastic necklaces! Thank you for your wonderful support for our book. It is very much appreciated!

  18. Bundle of inspirations, thank you Kathleen for sharing. Love all your creations.