Monday 28 April 2014

Craft Books I Love: How To Make Jewellery With Tatty Devine

Review How To Make Jewellery With Tatty Devine

I thought I would start a new series where I talk about my favourite crafting books. I'm a self taught crafter, so books have played a big part in learning new skills. Stay tuned for more of my favourite crafting books.

I have been a long time admirer of Tatty Devine for a long time now. If you haven't heard of them, or seen any of their amazing jewellery before (where have you been?), then get yourself over to their online store and prepare to drool over pretty much everything. Unfortunately, I don't own any pieces of their lovely jewellery, largely due to £££, but still, a girl can dream...

So, when I heard about Harriet and Rosie of Tatty Devine writing a craft book, I knew I would have to have it. When I got this book, it was probably my first step into the world of crafting. Sure, I'd tried a little knitting and sewing at school, but I never really stuck at anything. I have to admit that the thought of making jewellery used to ring alarm bells in my head, as I always thought it involved beading. This looked fiddly, and the end results were simply not 'me'. This book started me thinking that crafting could be fashionable, mainly due to all the lovely projects inside (and no beading in sight!).

This book is great for beginners - I found the section at the beginning explaining all the tools and jewellery fittings very helpful, from the basic (pliers, lobster clasps) to the more advanced (drill bits, specialised glue). Even if you're an advanced jewellery maker, you're sure to find some inspiration, whether it's from a necklace made from an old pair of glasses or crisp packet jewellery.

Each project is very easy to follow, with photos for all the steps and simple instructions. There is even a list of stockists included at the very back of the book to make it easy for you to source all that you could need. Although what I particularly love about this book, is that Harriet and Rosie actively encourage you to go out to a car boot sale or a second hand shop and find your own unique items to make jewellery with. Which is great, because you end up with really special and unique results.

I especially like how personal the book is. Throughout the book, there are little anecdotes from the early days of Tatty Devine, the stories behind their iconic pieces of jewellery, and items that have been picked up from some of their adventures. It is very inspiring to hear Harriet and Rosie's story, and it certainly encouraged me to give jewellery making a go. Here I am, a couple of years down the line and still rummaging through second hand shops for crazy items to make jewellery from. And I haven't looked back since.

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