Book Review – Strands: Creating Unexpected Fabrics and Fashionable Projects

Strands: Creating Unexpected Fabrics and Fashionable Projects by Jacqueline Myers-Cho

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (January 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600611370
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600611377
  • Jacqueline Myers-Cho is an award-winning mixed-media artist who’s been showing and selling her work for more than twenty years. She is also a longtime online friend of mine so when she told me about her new book, I could not wait to get it!!!! 

    Strands is a fantastic  fabric art book that will make you look at your fabric in a whole new way!!! The feel of this book is “organic urban”, when you see it you’ll know exactly what I mean. Modern and edgy but still down to earth and wearable.   In this book you create fabric, do some unusual and unique fabric embellishments then make clothing, jewelry and accessories from that fabric.  I don’t know which is my favorite in this chapter-the paper fabric you make from scratch or the puff ball embellished fabric. I think I am going to combine the two and make puff ball paper fabric!

    The book starts with  tools and supplies you will need and basic sewing how-to’s, so that even a non sewer can feel comfortable making the projects. Part one is the “Fabric from Strands”,Part 2 are the projects that include clothing, jewelry, accessories and outerwear.

    The jewelry chapter includes 7 projects: Smidgeon Ball Necklace, Pulp Wear Cuff, Grass Root Pendant, Sparks Ring, Leftover Length Ball Necklace, Dewey Decimal Pendant and Remains Wrapped Necklace. The accessories include: Remnants Belt, Eco Stitch Brooch, Red Hot Night Clutch, Tree on the Go Key Fob and Trendy Green Belt.

    i am completely in love with the Remains Wrapped Necklace project. I am going to be digging thru my own supplies this weekend to make one. The Smidgeon Balls are just TOOO CUTE!!!  Like tiny balls of yarn, they look good as a solitary focal pendant or in graduated sizes and strung together.

    While this isn’t a book just on jewelrymaking, if you would like to experiment with making fabric jewelry this is a great book for your library.