Thursday, March 3, 2016

Book Review & Giveaway : Leather Corded Fusion Ties

By on Thursday, March 03, 2016 57 Comments

JD Lenzen of Fusion Knots  is one of the most prolific (and generous) instructors on Youtube. His Tying It All Together (TIAT) channel has over 400 instructional video tutorials all devoted to the art of knotting.  JD has be knotting for a couple of decades. He was the first to come up with innovative"fusion" knots which mixes different knots, elements and tying techniques.  The International Guild of Knot Tyers have formally acknowledged his tremendous contribution to the craft.


JD has written 6 instructional books.  I received his latest Leather Corded Fusion Ties for review. This book celebrates the use of thick leather rather than paracord which was used in his previous books.   Leather is a wonderful alternative to paracord as it likely has a broader appeal as a jewelry material. Cutting leather is easier too - no need to seal the ends unlike paracord which unravels easily..


There are 15 projects in all - necklaces, bracelet and pendants.  The book also includes tips on how to expand the basic patterns into more styles by mixing up patterns and by the addition or removal of metal beads. All the bracelets in the book could be extended to become chokers or necklaces.



The bracelets in the book were typically finished with simple loop and knot fastenings. However, these can easily be altered to button and loop clasps.  Sliding knots (fisherman's knot) were used in some of the necklaces such as the design below. Again, designers can choose to use cord ends and regular clasps in those cases if sliding knots don't appeal.




The addition of large holed metal and other beads added  visual interest to his designs.  JD typically used metal beads, a few wooden and glass beads. Using large hole glass beads with metal cores (à la Pandora) in different positions will really add to his designs. Lamp work beads are another possibility if the holes are large enough.


The designs are largely unisex.  It will obviously depend on the leather colors chosen.  JD used what looks like 2 mm leather cords throughout it book.  Another option would include playing around with thinner cords. 



Easy unisex jewelry  to make for sure, with great potential.  The book will suit those who do not like to wear bling!


Take a peek inside his book :



Giveaway
If you'd like to win a SIGNED copy of Leather Corded Fusion Ties, please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.

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This giveaway is international.

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, March 10, 2016 . I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!

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I receive books and products for review. The Amazon link above is an affiliate link where I receive a small compensation for anything bought through this blog.  My opinions are the same whether or not I receive any compensation.

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57 comments:

  1. Please sign me up for the book giveaway, thanks!

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  2. This is so cool. I would love to incorporate this into my design. I am your blog subscriber. Hope I will will.

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  3. Glenda RutherfordMarch 3, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Wow they are really cool, I love the bracelets.Once again, you have come up with a great book!!
    Glenda
    pglenda@yahoo.com

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  4. Pearl. I would love this book. I follow him on YouTube and have watched all his videos. He always makes it look so easy. Thanks, Pat S

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  5. I love it! Much easier that paracord, and with a much greater appeal, also.

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  6. I would love to make some of these bracelets and necklaces. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Mary Price maprice13@hotmail.com

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  7. I have had a long-term fascination with knots, so the idea of turning knots into art is fascinating. I would love to win this book. Thanks for having so many giveaways!
    beadcontagion@gmail.com

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  8. Really interesting prize! anabrabal72@gmail.com

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  9. This would be great to win for me as I have a great stash of leather cords.
    Jana: skladan1980@gmail.com

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  10. Beautiful pieces in this book. I think these projects would work beautifully with my sea glass and beach stones!

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  11. Interesting techniques! I'd love to try this

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  12. Wow! I love the elegant simplicity of these designs. So genuinely peaceful. Would like to learn this.

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  13. Would love to win this. Thank you for the opportunity!

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  14. I would love to add this book to my growing collection.Good luck everyone. jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  15. I was a failure years ago when my daughter tried to teach me how to make friendship bracelets but after seeing this book I really would love to make these projects. It looks like nice clear instructions. Thanks for the review.

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  16. Love that these would be good for unisex styles too! That's something I struggle with the most-trying to get male jewellery styles/designs. Would love to win this to learn more. Blog follower and subscriber, I can be reached at retro-grrl@hotmail.com.

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  17. Another great giveaway ! Thank you Pearl ! I would love to win ! And anyway, I loke to try my luck !

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  18. Another fantastic giveaway Pearl. These are so pretty and are unisex too. I would love to win this book.

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  19. Oh my gosh love these!!! Would love to try these out!!!

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  20. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book !
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  21. I don't know why I'm always surprised at the versatility of artists. But once again I am thrilled to see someone take something simple and make it into something quite outstanding - and seem to do it with such ease!

    Leather is such an amazing product and these designs certainly showcase it's natural beauty and versatility.

    Chuck my name in there Pearl. Let's see if Lady Luck is looking my way - or not (like usual!)

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  22. Hi Pearl,
    this looks really fun - like Macrame but for a person - would love to win this book - beadbugs.co.nz - Jill Norman

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  23. It seems that this book is so interesting. I wish I have it.

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  24. JD's books and videos are very inspirational! I already have Kindle versions of all his earlier books and it would be great to have a signed paperback copy! Thank you for the chance! Margyef@mail.ru

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  25. Thank you for being generous! Makerofstuff@gmail.com

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  26. This is such a great idea. I would love to try these designs. And to enter for a signed copy is an amazing opportunity. Please enter me in the drawing.

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  27. Greta gdmar@comcast.netMarch 3, 2016 at 5:27 PM

    This book looks wonderful. I am a long time follower of your blog.

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  28. Wow absolutely fantastic! Thanks for the chance!!!

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  29. Love these books! I have an online business called Paracord Pooch and whenever I want a refresher course, or to learn a new knot, TIAT is my go-to source!

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  30. Thanks so much for the chance! I have JD's Paracord Critters book, and just love it. I also follow his YouTube channel.

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  31. I have always wanted to learn knots, and this would be a wonderful way to do it! Thank you for the chance.
    catherineabarron@gmail.com

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  32. This looks like an interesting book. Would love to win it.

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  33. Just tweeted about your post and giveaway.

    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/705581138866098176

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  34. Have never done a lot with leather. This book may get me started.
    Marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

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  35. Christi@smartsourcerealty.com
    Can't wait to create something from the book! Thanks Christi Holmes.

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  36. Love the fusion ties bracelets. I would love to figure out how to do them. I use this type of leather all the time, but it is just simple bracelets. This book could help me elevate my jewelry.

    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  37. I would love a signed copy of your new book.
    CA_Teddy@msn.com

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  38. I am definitely not a bling person so I think this would be the book for me!

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  39. Jer66ome@gmail.com
    Looks like an awesome guide.

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  40. Big fan of JD Lenzen
    I'd love to experiment with leather cord
    I agree… It has more appeal as jewelry material!
    jchakarji@gmail.com
    Happy Knotting! :-)

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  41. I would love to win this book!! I bought a knot book years ago but it had so many missing steps in the directions that you could not make the product. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. So many beautiful things you can make with decorative knots. Would love to have a book teaching different knots. Karen Rainey. meanmomma360@comcast.net

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  43. What abeautiful book. I had no idea theses knots could look so nice. Would love to give them a try. ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  44. Hey Pearl, oh my goodness, I love the doing knots and this book has some extremely beautiful ones. Thanks for the chance. Love ya' Patricia B

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  45. Would love to try this out! I was actually looking for a knot book a couple years ago but could find quite what I was looking for. Main hobby is chainmail but I dabble in everything!

    just.a.foxtail@gmail.com

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  46. I love love leather jewelry and playing with different combinations of materials mixed with it. Would love to learn new ways to use this amazing medium.
    I follow you on email, Facebook and blog. Lol want to make sure I don't miss anything I guess, or maybe slightly OCD.

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  47. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of JD's book! mderr295@sc.rr.com

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  48. I have never tried this before so I would love to win thanks for the chance
    sally0630@frontiernet.net

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  49. Charlene Tanya BroeckxMarch 6, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    I work with leather cord and would love to learn some of these knots!! tanyabroeckx@gmail.com

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  50. Love the celtic knots! Gorgeous pieces. Looks like more fun knotting! Would love to win! jansbeadsandbubbles@gmail.com

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  51. I know that if I keep trying eventually I will win.
    jdbabygirl57@yahoo.com

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  52. I would love to have this book. Please sign me up for the giveaway.
    peacefuldaiz@yahoo.com

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  53. I put this book up on my wishlist as soon as I saw it on his YT channel (which I subscribe to and also highly recommend) so I'm going to keep my fingers crossed I'll be lucky enough to win. Haven't won anything it ages so hoping it's time for a change of luck now. ;-)

    Really like the look of the jewellery and the use of leather cord (which I like better than, say, the satin cord used in another knotted jewellery book, Suzen Millodot's Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery).

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  54. Also Marlene Strait and Valerie Fanning on via Facebook

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