Create 20 stunning, contemporary macramé jewelry pieces and accessories from bestseller Isabella Strambio.
Publishers Weekly: "Macramé artist Strambio (Macramé for the Modern Home) shows how to create knotted jewelry in this chic guide... Those eager to try macramé would do well to start here".
Just as macramé homeware has been given a contemporary, stylish makeover in recent years, here we do the same with jewelry. Ideal for beginners – and a perfect addition to the series – this book contains 20 contemporary jewellery projects, including necklaces, pendants, earrings, bracelets and headbands.
As in her first book, Isabella is committed to working with 100% recycled cotton string, to ensure that these items can make you feel good, as well as look good. She uses natural dyes to give her projects a delicate and stylish look but, of course, strings of any colour could be used, and using strings of different weights will also give different results.
As well as providing 20 wonderful designs, the book will also cover the 5 knots needed in the techniques section. This book is ideal for beginners or people who are keen to give the craft a try, but who might be nervous about committing to a wall hanging and 200m of string at the outset; the projects are achievable yet stylish, and require very little outlay for tools or materials.
About the Author
Isabella Strambio is a self-taught macramé and natural dye artist. She is half Italian and half Japanese and she grew up by the sea in Italy. At 18, she moved to the UK to learn English and study Interior Design. Isabella has always been attracted to design, hand-made products, natural materials and textures, and her passions are reflected in her work. She is also a big advocate of using recycled materials for her macramé work and food scraps for her natural dyeing. She started her blog www.twome.co.uk, to document her personal journey to learn 12 new crafts in 12 months. In 2017, she took the leap and quit her career as an Interior Designer to work full-time on her small creative business. She has been featured in the Sunday Telegraph, the UK TV series Kirstie's Handmade Christmas and regularly writes macramé tutorials for magazines like Mollie Makes, In the Moment, Hobbycrafts and Origin. In 2019, her Natural Dyed Japanese Apron was one of the finalists for the Etsy Design Award. She runs workshops, events and teambuilding classes in London and across the UK. She also teaches macramé and natural dyeing online for people who cannot attend her workshops.
Publishers Weekly 12/14/22
Macramé artist Strambio (Macramé for the Modern Home) shows how to create knotted jewelry in this chic guide. To help beginners get started, she provides instructions for creating basic knots and knotting patterns and offers guidance on choosing types of string, noting that braided string doesn’t unravel while suede string’s softness makes it ideal for bracelets and necklaces. The 20 projects include such boho-style accessories as a diamond-patterned headband, earrings with unraveled string made to look like feathers, and a necklace made of black tassels tied to a wooden ring. Strambio also shows how to make a white and teal belt, a white camera strap, and a white and terracotta–colored keyring with knots that resemble daisies. Sharing tips of the craft, the author recommends wrapping the end of a string with masking tape to avoid fraying when adding beads (as in her gold-bead bracelet) and using a pet brush to straighten unraveled fringes. Macramé novices will appreciate the simple yet elegant designs, and though the projects are light on visual instruction, the author’s directions are easy to follow. Those eager to try macramé would do well to start here. (Jan.)
Booklist (American Libary Association) 1/1/23 All hail the 1960s and 1970s for crafty ideas that strike a chord again today. Macramé goes in and out of trendiness quickly, yet there’s a mystique in the art of knotting that appeals over the long term. Former interior designer Strambio deftly uses her creative talent to offer 20 projects:mainly necklaces, along with bracelets, earrings, and a few headbands, key rings, and belts. Expect instructions on the basics are provided, from tools and materials to descriptions of adozen or so different knots (two favorites: Endless Falls and Eternity). The projects are easy to conquer, with time estimates at roughly an hour, though level of difficulty is not indicated. Tips help get the tangles out: look for wooden beads with a hole large enough to accommodate the string; keep scraps 15 inches and longer. Interesting factoid: if household allergies suddenly emerge, look out for cotton dust emanating from the string.— Barbara Jacobs
Library Journal Starred Review "Those just beginning to knot and those with experience creating macramé will enjoy this book of 20 projects from UK-based jewelry designer and self-taught macramé and natural dye artist Strambio (Macramé for the Modern Home). Strambio is committed to working with 100 percent recycled cotton string. Beginners will benefit from the knotting tutorials that are accompanied by step-by-step photographs. The book also includes lists for readers who want to use different materials. The projects range from simple bracelets and earrings to the more intricate statement pieces that require crafters to follow a pattern design.. VERDICT Strambio’s appreciation for the art of macramé and her encouragement for readers to give knotting a try and let mistakes be part of the unique quality of a hand-crafted piece make this book a celebration of creativity from start to finish".