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Book Review and Giveaway : Woven in Wire

Wire work is one of the most popular techniques for jewelry makers out there. The wire wrapped designs will never go out of style!  Flowing elements and scrolls with gemstones for pops of color, the pieces can go from one dimension to 3D. One of the most popular wire work instructors out there is Sarah Thompson.


I have featured her first book, Fine Wire Weaving, before - see my review. Sarah now has a second book out , Woven in Wire.  I recently received a copy from Interweave for review.



In just over a dozen projects, this designer carries on where she left off from her first book.  Here, she not only wire weaves but shows how designs can get much more dimensional by "sculpting" or forming woven sections. A wonderful example is her Tidal Wave ring design :


You can also see more forming in the Lilium bracelet shown below.  The design does remind one of basket weaving or loom weaving.  That is not a surprise as the soumak weave used in wire weaving is adapted from the weaving one.

The earlier chapters in her book are invaluable. It is not just about wire weaving but her tips.  Wire work can cramp the hand if one continues to grip a thin wire constantly. So her method of holding the wire somewhat like yarn workers do is a good idea.



 Also included in the book are good instructions on how to make the scrolls and finish them in a professional manner.  She does use a torch to anneal (soften wire) and to ball ends.

This designer works with fine silver because it is very soft.  She goes on to patina the silver for further definition.  Students are best off working with copper first.  Copper is also a very soft metal.


The second half of her book contains inspiring designs which are symmetrical.  Sarah shares her own unique tips on how to achieve symmetry.  She often shows alternatives to her main designs - ways to customize them!


This book is highly recommended for all wire working enthusiasts!





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41 comments:

  1. Pearl, So jealous! I have been wishing for a copy of this book and now, having seen the photos of the Lilium Bracelet, I want it even more!

    victoria_farrell at hotmail.com

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  2. Oh wow!! I'm ready to take wire work to the next level! Love this blog! Thank you!

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  3. You're right Pearl, Sarah Thompson is one of the best wire artists going. Having her newest book would speed me on my way to improve my wire weaving. I love it and would love her book. Happy July and keep cool. ;^)

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  4. Loved her first book which I bought when it first came out, and her Craftsy course -- highly recommend that course. Would love to win this book.

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  5. I so want this book! via FB

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  6. Sarah’s work is so amazing and she is the nicest person. My wire wrapping skills could certainly benefit from some of her instruction! Please throw my name in the hat! Thanks Pearl!

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  7. This looks so interesting. Her work is wonderful

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  8. Just tweeted about your post.
    https://twitter.com/kayzkreationz/status/1018866225122816006

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  9. Oh, Barbara, I didn't realize she's on Craftsy! I'll have to check it out, and start looking for this book.

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  10. There are times I want to create something fabulous but don't want to bother with designing a new piece from scratch. I love the flow of these designs and the creativity used in the pieces. Sarah's book ticks off all the boxes and it is a MUST HAVE!
    judyklarson@gmail.com

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  11. Wow! These designs are wonderful! I would love to win this book and try my best to make these designs! I would love wearing them, too!

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

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  13. Wire Weaving has become my go to craft. I SOOOOO need to learn some new styles. cozyhomerental@cox.net

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  14. Thank you for this giveway! Hope to win!
    chirvasasma@yahoo.com

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  15. Would also love to win this book! Eye candy!

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  16. This book looks as amazing as her last.
    I learnt so much from the first, to have the opportunity to win this new book will enable me to learn even more.

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  17. Oh wow, such gorgeous wire work! Ive been wanting to learn more about wire working. Ive wanted to get more skilled at it. I would absolutely love to have a wire weaving book with great tips and tricks. Ive been sort of making it up as I go along! The pieces are so gorgeous in this book! The Lilium is gorgeous and the Unravel bracelet is my favorite! Id love to make and wear that! Thanks for showing this awesome book. I sure would love to learn more about wire weaving and actually have a book to learn from. :)

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  18. I would love to win this book please Pearl - beadbugs1234@gmail.com -- look forward to hearing from you

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  19. Enjoy wire weaving. Have taken a few classes. Confident i can follow a book now. Knotty Beads and more.

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  20. Beautiful projects! I've never tried wire work but this book might get me started. Thanks for your reviews and giveaways. I always enjoy your daily email post. rochelleth@hvc.rr.com

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  21. The “Unravel” bracelet looks amazing! I love these designs. What beautiful work.

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  22. amazing designs! ty Rose Drummond
    blog follow at auravisionrose@peoplepc.com

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  23. Thank you for this giveaway !
    voltzia@gmail.com

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  24. I have been eyeing this book, as I just started Sarah Thompson's Craftsy bracelet class and I am in love! Now I want this book more than ever. specifically.sarah@gmail.com

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  25. This would be a must have for me. Looks like a real teaching book. celticartwitch@gmail.com

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  26. That looks like a book I must have. I have not done a lot of wire weaving, but I love it!

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  27. I love Sarah’s designs. I have her first book and her Craftsy Class which is super helpful too. I’m really excited about her new book. Thank you for reviewing it!

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  28. I love it, would like both of her books. Very inspiring! via FB

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  29. Symmetry in wire weaving...yes please. These designs are gorgeous. via FB

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  30. This is the first review (& look) I've seen of Sarah's new book. It gives a great idea of what's in it. I thought I'd want it as I have Timeless Wire Weaving. After reading this I know I have to have it! Thank you for the review :-)

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  31. Love Sarah’s simple to follow examples of these Gorgeous wire weaving pieces, thanks for the chance to win this book.
    DoinWire at gmail dot com
    Sue : )

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  32. I believe we can learn lots of practical details from this book as well as get design ideas that would stir our imagination! I think I read the post thoroughly but didn't see a deadline for commenting and whether this giveaway is international :) I am a blog follower!

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  33. Fabulous work. Would love a copy of this book.
    ekennedy0906@gmail.com

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  34. I have dabbled in wire work, but I was doing it all on my own and could have used some guidance. This book would help me weave my way to learning how to do it. I would love the chance to try again.

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    lorimahan71@gmail.com

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  35. Such beautiful work.

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  36. I love Sarah's designs and already own her other book and Craftsy bracelet tutorials. I would love to add this to my library!

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  37. Hi Pearl, I always love your recommendations! Thank you so much for all the beautiful things you find and show us!

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  38. Wow! I have just begun making my own jewelry and it's ALL I can think about. I'm literally waiting for my first delivery of wire to arrive today! The stones should be here too! These pieces are stunning! I hope to be able to design/craft like that! Thank you for sharing!

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  39. It would be wonderful to learn from such a master! Thanks for the opportunity. deborah.collyar@gmail.com

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