Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review :: Wire Weaving

I recently wrote a book review on Lisa Lynn Barth's new Timeless Wire Weaving in the most recent issue of Bead Chat Magazine (page 120). I had been noticing her work on Facebook quite a bit over the last few months. The patterns had me in awe of the way she can wire weave around all kinds of rocks and stones, or into a piece of leather. 

Every time one of her pieces posted over on Facebook I would stop and study it. I decided I really had to try this technique, and I decided that one of the best ways to review her new book was to test the instruction on myself.

I ordered her book, and went through it front to back several times over the course of the next week. And by the following weekend I was ready to give this a try. I picked one of my favorite patterns in the book, and a rock gifted to me from Christine (who found this one on the shores of Lake Michigan) and then began my project. 

Of course it took me a bit to get this started, and I did have a few places where I had to back up and rework things. It took about 3 hours, which I'm sure is much longer than it is supposed to take. But what was amazing (at least to me) was that this example here is truly my first time ever trying this technique. Lisa's instructions were so clear that you really can use this book to teach yourself. 

Lisa regularly teaches classes, and you can see that in the way she's written this book. She is the kind of teacher you hope for when you sign up for classes. She is thoughtful, and attentive and you walk away feeling like you've really mastered a new technique. A wonderful thing to find in a teacher. 

16 comments:

JoJo said...

You did a great job! And that's a way cool rock too.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Beautiful job with the technique! I love the use of the bead cap by the bail.

BackstoryBeads said...

Oh my, how fabulous is this pendant? Lisa teaches at a bead store about an hour away from me. I'm going to have to add wiresmithing to my bucket list.

LanasArtStudio said...

I love this! You did a great job! Always admire creative thinkers and new tequnique conquers! Bravo!

Christine Altmiller said...

I always avoid wire but I have to admit, when you showed me this book, I was a bit smitten with it. And look what a fantastic showcase it is for rocks!!! You might get me to stretch a bit, my friend ;-)

Claudia Aguilar said...

It's always rewarding learning a new technique isn't it? New projects are a thrill as well! Nice job.

Jacquelineand.... said...

What a timeless, graceful, and organic presentation Cynthia! First time? Wow!

Duni said...

If this was your first piece then obviously you're a natural! It's stunning :)

Pepita said...

I have purchased the book, but I still haven't tried my hand at wireweaving ... I'm waiting for ... don't know what ... maybe some more free time ...
I really love her work!!!
Alenka

Magic Love Crow said...

You did brilliant! Stunning!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Congratulations!

About Last Weekend said...

Beautiful, I have never thought about wire weaving, it has a wonderful timelessness about it

Magic Love Crow said...

I am so sorry! I deleted your address by accident! I am such a ding dong! LOL! I am still sick, I will blame that! LOL! Please send it to me again ;o) Hugs ;o)

Marcela Gmd said...

Interesting technique!!!
Have a good week!!! and my g+ for your post!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

KJ said...

That turned out great! Wire weaving is certainly something that I have become interested in. It all started because I wanted to make my own clasps. Enjoy!

Therese's Treasures said...

You did a great job on wire wrapping the stone it looks beautiful. I agree with you Lisa's book is so easy to follow and the results are always just as she instructs.
Therese

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