Friday, June 22, 2012

Bohemian Inspired Everything

Well, Lorelei and Erin's new book Bohemian Inspired Jewelry is taking the beading world by storm. I don't think it could have come at a better time. With fabrics and textiles making their way into the beading world this past year, its a perfect time for a book with such great projects, rich in fabrics, colors and earthy beads, to launch this bohemian style into full gear.

What is Bohemian -Inspired Jewelry? 

"It's an artistic, nature inspired, and playful combination of materials and textures."  Lorelei and Erin

I myself, being a hippie girl, was smitten when Lorelei and Erin first launched their blog all about cords and ribbons.  I fell in love with the additon of fabrics and cords to jewelry and have added recycled sari silk to most of my designs.  I have always loved fabrics, mostly tye dye, batik, and rich old paisley patterns that make you think of far off lands full of color and spice.  I love all thing natural with an organic feel, and texture is my thing!  How exciting that now...................

Bohemian is in.


Pictures taken from the Inspire Bohemia blog- love the pics she digs up- rings rings rings- fabrics, bracelets







 
This book is so well done.   It has details that tell you about the cords you can use, the variety of cord ends out there, and they even tell you how to care for your cords and ribbons.  The drawing well done, and easy to follow.  I definitley think the little details like that set this book apart.

So, I decided to try some of the projects from the book, with my own spin on them. 

I used a donut bead from Kristi Bowman of Dream Some.  I immediately thought of this challenge when I saw it.  I love the flower on it, it reminds me of a textile block print. 

For my first piece, I used the method from Erin's project, Delicate Things, though my version is not too delicate, thats not my style.  But it is fun to take  something new and run with it. 
picture from Bohemian Inspired Jewelry
Instead of using silk beading cord on the donut, I used one of Marsha Neal's hand dyed silk ribbons.  And instead of making one bail on top, I made two, to make the donut become a connector.  And instead of adding symetrical even spaced gemstones, I added chunky gemtones of different colors and sizes to create added texture. I also used one of my Loop T Loops beside the donut for balance in the design.

 I love this piece, and though it is nothing like Erin's project, she inspired me to use fabric as a bail, which I wouldn't have thought of.  I love adding cording to my jewlery, just to give it that added texture.  It softens it up.  I really like the process of knotting, and binding different materials together.  It feels ancient, and primal and meaningful.





I also made a bunch of earrings in the style of Erin's project Copper Antiquity.
picture from Bohemian Inspired Jewelry
I actually had the pleasure of meeting Erin and taking a small class to learn this knotting technique and just fell in love with it.  Here are some of the earrings I made.





I think ceramic beads are such a great additon to any BOHO style piece.  The earrings above almost all have some in them.
(earrings feature beads from top to bottom- Artisan Beads Plus, Marsha Neal Studio, natural sea urchins, Marsha Neal Studio and Starry Road Studio)

All in all, I cannot reccomend this book enough. Its full of great projects, useful information and lots of lots of eye candy for bead lovers!

Thanks for letting be a part of this blog event.  I was happy to have the chance to share how I have been Bohemian Inspired.

Follow this link for a list of all the blog participating in this Bohemian Inspired event!
http://www.beadingdaily.com/blogs/daily/archive/2012/06/22/polyvore-challenge-and-bohemian-inspired-jewelry-blog-celebration-weekend.aspx

28 comments:

  1. beautiful staci... all of it... just goes to show that the inspiration and techniques in the book all people to build on what they already love to do!

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  2. Love what you created, especially the necklace-it's my favorite! I love that regardless of one's style, this book is a great reference for adding fibers into any design!

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  3. Staci Staci STACI!!! I LOVE IT!!! I knew you were going to do my big copper piece justice and I was so right. That is a gorgeous necklace and I love all the earrings too!!!

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  4. The book sounds amazing but speaking of amazing...those *earrings* are just gorgeous. Even my husband was awed by them :)

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  5. I love to use silk, ribbon and lace in my jewelry so I bought the book a week ago. Stacie, I love your new twist on the necklace. Love the colors, the way you tied the silk cord, everything! Gorgeous! Love the earrings too.

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  6. Love that big chunky necklace with the green stones! It does feel ancient and soulful to me. What kind of stones are the green ones in that piece? Garnet? Fabulous work :)

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  7. Lovely! You surely put your own spin on things, Miss Staci! I love using the cords as a bail. The colors are so pretty and the feel is soft but the look is substantial. Well done! Enjoy the day. Erin

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  8. Gorgeous! All of it!!
    That pink and green silk ribbon has me all in a tizzy! Love the colors, it's so soft and flowy! Don'tcha just love the ribbons!!
    Great job with all of your pieces. I am so happy you were inspired to make so many! Thank you for blogging with us this weekend!

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  9. I love this book and its awesome way of introducing fiber into jewelry design with the techniques to go with it. What I love most is seeing it translate into a style that is totally Stacie. Well done!

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  10. Loving your interpretations of the techniques in the book!!! Especially the earrings, and the way you used those silk strings on Kristi's copper focal. I want to run right home and try it myself! One of my favorite kinds of cording is brown waxed linen, and it's just fabulous on those earrings! I love how it looks sort of like oxidized metal, but a softer feel. (I'm getting an idea...You inspire me so much!)

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  11. I am so in love with all of those earrings! Gorgeous!

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  12. beautiful. i absolutely love how you have transformed erin's necklace into entirely your own style! it's gorgeous; so distinctly 'you'. earrings are awesome too.

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  13. That necklace is soooo cool! What a beautiful, chunky design - love it!!

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  15. Woo-hoo! Weren't you just on fire here! Absolutely LOVE all the earrings, and it was so great of you to put in a plug for our wonderful friends whose components you featured. You go, girl!

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  16. Amazing! I love them all! So beautiful and so your style! Gorgeous, gorgeous work! xo Genea

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  17. Your work is just so fantastic! You inspire me so much all the time with your designs. I absolutely love how you made the bail for the donut. Really calls attention to it and makes for a cool design element that brings the design together. So unique and truly inspired! And your earrings. Oh, how I swoon over those earrings! I love it all. I love your jewelry! And you are just the sweetest. Looking forward to seeing you again at Bead Fest! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your wonderful support!

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