Monday, October 25, 2010

Book Review and Giveaway - Creative Crochet Jewelry

By on Monday, October 25, 2010 48 Comments

I'm a big fan of wire crochet jewelry but one can also do the same with yarn. One of the finest yarn and metallic thread jewelry crochet artisans has to be Esther Zadock. The editors at Sixth Spring Books just sent me her new book, Creative Crochet Jewelry for review with a spare copy up for grabs!

Israeli based Esther learned to crochet from when she was a young girl. She grew up to be a beadaholic whose work has been sold worldwide and exhibited in museums.

The most outstanding projects of 30+ in her book are those using high quality Japanese metallic threads. They really look like gold or silver and will not tarnish. What a great alternative to the ever pricey metals!

Many of her projects are or can be done in wire although softer materials like yarn and thread are easier to work with. This is especially true for the more intricate designs. But rest assured, there are beginner projects as well as more advanced ones.


It's a real treat to see an innovator like her share her techniques. There are the usual set of basic crochet stitches in the how-to section at the beginning. However, she also includes new ideas like a roll stitch, crocheting into a metal chain or trimmings and making crocheted bezels for flat backed crystals (or gemstones).


She amazingly uses only one size of crochet hook for all her projects although what size any one of us will use will depend on our individual work tensions and preferences. This flexibility is one of the main reasons why I like crochet jewelry.

The only downside to this delightful book are some of the pictures in the how-to section. Given that she is using a small crochet hook and fine thread, the pictures are hard to see. You'll have to depend more on the accompanying words. Zooming in or a thicker thread and bigger hook would have improved things. Fortunately, the affected pictures cover the most basic stitches which you can get anywhere else.

GIVEAWAY
To win a copy of this book, all you you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower or also on Facebook Fan page or Twitter. Please say so in the comments. The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, November 1. I will pick a winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check!

Good luck!
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48 comments:

  1. Hi, Pearl! I'd love a chance to win the book!

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  2. I did some wire crocheting and this book would be of great help, I would simply love to win it! Thank you for the opportunity! :) Kisses from Croatia!

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  3. I think this is a great book - in fact I already ordered it for myself. Now I can't wait to receive it!

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  4. love that silver set. i did some crochet jewelry but only simple project

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  5. Would love this book. Have been wanting to get back into my crochet using it for jewelry items. Thanks

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  6. Hey pearl,
    I'd like to get a chance to win this book.
    and I have to admit that i follow the blog, and have an own one.
    best wishes,
    mamma gina

    www.the-stilettos.blogspot.com

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  7. This book looks great! Thanks for the chance at such an awesome giveaway!! :)

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  8. Looks like an awesome book, I want one!!!
    Shannon

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  9. I love working yarn arts into jewelry making. Would love to have this book. I'm a blog subscriber. Also a fan on Facebook. Thanks for such a great blog!

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  10. I'm very interested in that book. I make some crocheted jewellery, mostly "bead loop crochet" (using only chain stitch), and I'm always interested in new ways to make jewellery using this fab technique I learnt as a kid, but then forgot about until beads entered my life.

    I'm a blog follower.

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  11. I am now a follower via email. I love this blog! And yes I would love to receive a copy of the book. (before the Holidays:) I am going to try this out, it looks like it can be personalized well.

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  12. Beautiful looking book and jewelry! Please enter my name for the giveaway. Thanks!

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  13. I'd love to have a chance of winning this book. Jewlelery making books always make me feel so inspired :o)
    Siobhan x

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  14. Aw, I had composed my comment and it was lost in the posting. So, I'll try it over again. I was saying how absolutely awesome this book is. It shows how to take two of my hobby talents and combine them into one. Fascinating! This is my first time here and I wish I had found you sooner. This work is so uniquely creative and different. I could really put this book to good use. I need something more to do with my hands, since I've recently become permanently disabled in my legs and back. If I have to sit, I might as well do something creative with my hands. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I certainly hope I do!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  15. I am a follower on GFC.
    I am an email subscriber.
    I follow you on Twitter.
    I follow you on Facebook
    I have posted this on my blog.
    Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  16. I am a blog subscriber and I would love to win this book!

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  17. I also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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  18. Beatiful jewelry. I learned to crochet when I was 7, almost 60 years ago. I'd love to have this book.

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  19. hi there:) great post! I am now following you on FB and Twitter:MgsCrochetJwls

    I am also following your blog.

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  20. I just love this blog ! Thanks for sharing this great book ans everything else, it is much appreciated.

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  21. Wow! I've been making fine crochet work for over 30 years. This is right up my alley! I would love to get this book!

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  22. hmmm, I've tried to learn crochet before but I'm more of a knitter. Maybe if I tie it into jewelry making, I'll be more successful.

    Cranky Pants (aka Carol)

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  23. Wow, the designs that you featured are really different! As an avid crocheter myself, I am looking forward to seeing this book up close and personal. Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  24. Wow, the pictures are awesome. I would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for giving us this chance. Judy

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  25. I love the look of the fine metalic threads very elegant. I hope I win the book and can puruse all of the looks! Lynne G

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  26. Amazing pictures and the book likes it would be inspirational- thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  27. @ Mrs. Shelton --I "know" you, LOL. =) If you like jewelry making, you'll definitely enjoy this blog . . . it's one of my favorite places to get ideas from.

    Like many have said, this sounds like an amazing book for those of us who like both jewelry making and crocheting! Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  28. I'm an e-mail subscriber (that's how I found out about the giveaway!) =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  29. I am a blog subscriber ..and would loooove to get the book :)..thanks for giving us a chance to win this book

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  30. I would love to get a book like this one!

    jomada77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  31. I subscribed to your blog.

    jomada77 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  32. Hi: I found your blog through a link on Craft Gossip, and immediately subscribed to your blog. I'm now a fan on Facebook. Thanks for the lovely tutorials, and a chance to win the book!

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  33. looks like a terrific book---enter me in!

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm your follower and would love to win this fab book.
    xx Dian

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  35. This would be great!! I used to crochet but gave it up when I couldn't find anything "new" to work on. Maybe I would be inspired again!

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  36. this jewelry looks amazing! I wish to have this book with many tutorials.:-) thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  37. I like you on FB (Lubka Kotmanikova)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  38. I follow you on twitter (as Lubaska)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

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  39. Frankie HarvenerJuly 13, 2011 at 9:05 AM

    I would also love to win this book. I love your blog. I have saved so many of them and also the wonderful free instruction links. Thanks so much for this blog. I have tried to comment before, but this is the first time I have gotten this box. Thanks! Some glitch with the computer and the operator on this end!

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  40. Alas Frankie, this giveaway is long over. Please check out the current one by clicking the Giveaways link at the top of the blog.

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  41. Elizabeth LibbeyJune 21, 2012 at 1:07 AM

    I would really like to explore this book. I'm a blog follower and also a Facebook fan. THANKS.

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  42. I'm a blog follower and Facebook fan. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

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  43. Pearl, this is truly a WOW factor for jewelry!!!! I love crocheting, but to make jewelry by crocheting is something I want to master...if I can...:o)
    Lets see if I am lucky!

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  44. I would love this book! I like you on fb too! I crochet jewellery already, would love to learn more!

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  45. I too crochet jewellery with wire and thread, usually combined, which gives a lovely finish. I also crochet through metal chain.

    I shall have to get this book for further inspiration.

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  46. I would die to have this book! As a fellow crochet beading artist I would love to expand my craft! I am also a fellow Facebook follower and fan of The Beading Gem's Journal! Much love <3

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  47. I am an expert crocheter and create truly stunning designs. I would love this book to expand my creativity into jewelry making. This will be new for me and I am determined to take this new step in my crochet work. Glad to find you here and I'll connect on FB. Thanks

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