Harris book is geared toward the beginner and intermediate level jewelry maker. The first section of the book provides a few pages describing some of the tools and supplies youll need. Then the next three pages, using color photographs to help illustrate, explain how to make a basic crochet chain with wire; how to braid wire strands together; and finally how to finish off the wire and attach a clasp. In a nutshell, thats her technique. The rest of the book shows how you can use this basic method and by changing the beads, number of wire chains, and adding other elements (such as pendants and bead strands), you can create different necklace designs. She also includes some helpful tips about forming and shaping the wire once youve crocheted with it and after youve braided it together.
While all the necklaces have a definite wire and bead look to them, the different beads used offer a variety of styles. For example, the Little Princess necklace is whimsical with feminine type charms including a purse, shoes, and a little princess t-shirt. The Black and White Ball necklace is more sophisticated, combining black hex beads and pearls with black wire. Then theres The Grapevine, which incorporates amethyst nuggets for a rougher, more earthy look.
If youve wanted to try your hand at this unique jewelry technique, then this might be a good introduction to get you started. The book is 36 pages long and includes 25 necklace projects, which could probably easily be adapted into bracelets as well. Its available through the publishers web site, Koolerdesign.com and retails for $11.95. For those who are interested in all aspects of crochet or related needle work such as knitting, Kooler Design Studio has two other books of interest: Encyclopedia of Crochet and Encyclopedia of Knitting (retail price is $24.95 each). Both cover all areas of thes crafts and include some interesting jewelry projects.