Felt, Fiber, and Stone Creative Jewelry Designs & Techniques by Suzanne O’Brien is published by Schiffer Publishing and retails in the US for $16.99. I’m going to admit that I hesitated to write this review because the aesthetics of the finished projects are not my personal taste. However, after thinking it over for awhile, I realized that I actually know a few fellow jewelry makers who would probably have a different opinion. The style of the jewelry is very unique. I would describe it as organic and even a little primitive. The publisher has a few pages available for review here, so I think that is really helpful to get an overall feel for the visual approach of this book.
As far as techniques go, there are a few I did find interesting, and they could be applied to all types of jewelry constructions. For example, I like how chunky stone beads are stitched onto some of the crocheted areas of the jewelry pieces. Another method I liked was the use of felt flowers that you can make yourself and then stitch together with beads.
One other issue I had with this book has to do with the general layout. There is just a lot going on here to the point that I felt it could have been easier to follow if less was pictured on each page. I understand that this is artistic type jewelry so the format of the book follows that idea, but when layout overtakes visual clearness, that is a problem. Some of the photos of the finished jewelry pieces, for example, actually have text placed over the top of it so you can’t really get a good look at the jewelry.
If you are looking for ways to integrate fiber into your beaded jewelry, then this book is definitely worth looking at. If you are the type that likes artistic jewelry with a rustic flair, then this also might appeal to you.
(A review copy of this text was provided by the publisher.)