One of the things I love about the projects in New Stamped Metal Jewelry is the new ways to view basic shapes you use in everyday jewelry. Common blanks and components aren’t always used in the straightforward way they were intended. Instead, Lisa Niven Kelly and Taryn McCabe encourage you not to limit your designs […]

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How To Do Flat Chenille Stitch

Flat Chenille Stitch Bracelet by Tammy Honaman  Recently I had the opportunity to work with the flat chenille instructions Jean shared a while back. I so enjoyed the way this stitch worked up but even more so, the results! It was a little tricky to get right off, but after a few tries, it really […]

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Short Row Knitting – The Ultimate Guide

Short rows, also known as partial or turning rows, appear daunting to some knitters but are in reality very simple: work extra rows across a portion of the stitches on the needles, thereby lengthening the fabric in the area where the short rows are worked. DOWNLOAD NOW   Short rows can be used to shape […]

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Knitting and crochet are sisters who share a rich history. From knitted buntings to crocheted lace collars, these two crafts have been providing beauty, pride—and even a livelihood—for hundreds of years. To celebrate this history, I’ve pulled together five patterns that use knitting and crochet to achieve beauty, style, and even a little whimsy, in […]

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Free Projects Using Different Techniques

I love being able to share my passion for jewelry making with other makers, especially ones who are learning new-to-them jewelry-making techniques such as wirework, metal clay, chain maille, and even metalsmithing, including fun techniques like texturing, doming, and soldering metal, bezel making, and other metal fabrication techniques. Whatever the technique is, it’s usually easier […]

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Peyote stitch is used around the world, in many different cultures, for many different things. Examples of peyote stitch have been found among ancient Egyptian artifacts, but the name “peyote stitch” comes from the Native American bead-weaving tradition of using the stitch to decorate the handles of gourds used for Native American peyote ceremonies. Learning […]

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Anyone can learn to knit. Most people learn the knit stitch first, and then the purl stitch. Then they might learn how to cast on and bind off, increase and decrease, cable and seed stitch, and other types of knitting techniques and stitches. All of these things are knitting techniques, and knitters are constantly learning. […]

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Jewelry Enameling: Merle’s Top 5 Enamel Techniques

Before I got into colored stones, I loved colored glass. For the same reasons: color, light, and especially the way translucent or transparent materials show off color in a good light. So when I discovered that jewelry enamels were actually glass, it all made perfect sense. Those pools of rich colors, the sense of looking […]

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The building blocks of crochet, motifs perfectly combine structure and lace, and are the perfect components for sweaters, scarves, shawls, and more. Crochet motif patterns can also be the perfect technique for crocheting squares, hexagons, circles, and more. With this free collection of patterns, I wanted to highlight both projects that used crochet motifs in […]

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