Want to open up a whole new world of possibilities in your jewelry making projects? Learning how to use materials like ribbon, cord and leather in your jewelry projects isn't as hard as you might think it is, and it looks oh, so cool! But if you've never tried to use these materials before or feel intimidated at the prospect of doing a little mixed-media jewelry making, Erin Siegel has teamed up with Lorelei Eurto to bring us Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords.
Erin knows that "there
are many beaders and jewelry makers out there who are apprehensive about
creating with leather, ribbon and cords in their designs for one reason or
another. In our book, we've tried to address all the common stumbling blocks
most designers encounter. Are you unsure how to finish off leather, ribbon or
cords in your jewelry? Do you just feel lost as to how you can incorporate these
materials in a design? Are you afraid to use silk ribbons? Our book has all the
answers you need and more!"
I asked Erin a few questions about her jewelry making and her new book. Read on to get to know a little more about Erin and her work!
inspired you to write a book of jewelry designs using leather, ribbon and
||Erin Siegel is one of the co-authors of the upcoming Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.
|One of Erin's gorgeous knotted necklaces from Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry.
Lorelei Eurto and I both gravitate towards bohemian design
and mixed media jewelry. I love the way leather, ribbon and cords add instant
color, texture and interest to a design. These materials really add that visual
"wow" factor in a jewelry piece for me. I wanted a jewelry book that addressed these
types of materials for my own collection, but there wasn't one out there. Bohemian-style
jewelry with leather, ribbon and cords is becoming more and more popular in
fashion, yet there's a lack of instruction on how to incorporate these
materials and create finished jewelry for beaders and designers. I knew we weren't
the only ones who wanted a book like this, so we decided to fill that demand.
you have a favorite material to work with in your jewelry making projects and designs?
I love natural, organic materials best. My favorites
to work with are waxed linen cord, leather and silk ribbons. If I had to pick
just one, I'd probably have to say Irish waxed linen cord. It's the one
material I find myself reaching for time and time again. It's a natural fiber
that's strong, durable and versatile. Irish waxed linen comes in different
thickness called "ply", so you can string any kind of beads onto it and it also
comes in a variety of beautiful colors!
you tell me a little bit more about your blog, A Jewelry Accord? Will you
continue to update it?
We started our blog, A Jewelry Accord as an extension
or companion to our book. Since we are co-authors and we both have our own
separate blogs and websites, we wanted to create a space where we could come
together and talk about our book and the jewelry making techniques in it. We talk about materials, share techniques, inspiration, publish interviews with
other artists and write about whatever else we love that's related to using leather, ribbon
and cords in jewelry making. We've also introduced our book editor and contributors, shared
some "behind the scenes" experiences from the book publishing process, book
updates and sneak peeks. We plan to keep the blog updated and also post about
upcoming book events and appearances, so readers will know where they can meet
us and have their book signed. We plan to continue to blog about all our
adventures as first-time authors and we hope readers will enjoy follow along on
me a little more about yourself. Do you have a day job, or is designing your
I'm a full-time stay-at-home mom. Taking care of my
16 month-old daughter takes up most of my daytime hours. When I have some time,
I love designing jewelry for publications, writing tutorials and sharing my
love for all things jewelry on my blog
. I also love to teach! I teach jewelry-making classes on the weekends at a local
bead shop. I'm also teaching my first national workshop this year at Bead Fest
Philadelphia in August
, called Bohemian
you have a favorite technique for using leather, ribbon or cord?
A technique I use frequently in my work is the
half-hitch knot. It's an easy, versatile knot. I use it to make loops for
button closures on multiple strand designs, to embellish jewelry components
with beads or to make a unique bail for a pendant.
did you get started designing jewelry and what led you to use materials like
leather, ribbon and cords?
I've always loved the arts. Many years ago, I
started attending a number of art shows and craft fairs. I found myself
constantly drawn to the artisan jewelry vendors. When I walked away from any
show, I had always purchased an item of jewelry. This pattern went on for
several more years before I finally got the hint that I had a passion for
hand-crafted jewelry and maybe I should give beading a try for myself!
My personal style is earthy, causal and bohemian. I
am naturally drawn to the organic feel and textures of leather, ribbon and
cords. I think I was originally looking for ways to set my jewelry apart and to
find my unique design "voice" in the craft. As I worked with these materials
more and more, I became passionate about using them. I fell in love with the
color, texture, interest and feel they added to my beaded jewelry designs.
are your jewelry making plans for the future?
My biggest dream for the future would be to continue
on the path of publishing. I would love to design jewelry and write for beading
magazines, contribute projects for other jewelry-making books and possibly author
more books of my own in the future. I plan to continue teaching jewelry classes
both locally and nationally as well and also write jewelry-making tutorials on
Have you wanted to start working with leather, cord or ribbon in your jewelry making projects, but aren't sure where to start? Stock up on some gorgeous hand-dyed silk ribbons, a couple of spools of leather cord and make sure you pre-order your copy of Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather, Ribbon and Cords
! Erin Siegel and Lorelei Eurto answer all your questions about using these organic, earthy stringing materials to add a little boho-chic style your jewelry making style.
I've got dozens of hand-dyed silk ribbons sitting patiently in my bead stash, just waiting to be used in projects like these! What type of new stringing material are you most interested in using in your jewelry making projects? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts with us!