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Our Review

Erika Knight applies her needle skills to jewelry in her latest book, Beads & Buttons, to offer a unique take on jewelry making.

Featuring 25 instructions for making a range of jewelry, learn how to knit and crochet using unconventional materials like wire, and incorporate natural supplies, such as shells and stones in to your projects. With a variety of vintage and playful styles, create a sweet Double Bone Button Choker, unique and sea inspired Encapsulated Beads & Knitted Tube Necklace, a Linen Wrapped Beads & Pompoms Necklace or a cute Crochet Flower, Bead & Button Bag Charm.

As well as offering guides for learning how to knit and crochet, there are tutorials for making a range of embellishments, such as tassels and pom poms, which would be great to use in your own designs.

Beads & Buttons by Erika Knight, published by Quadrille, £12.99.

Check out a sample project from the book, Crochet & Fabric Wrapped Bead Necklace.

Publisher's Description

For the first time in her distinguished career, knitwear and crochet designer Erika Knight has moved into an entirely new area of craft. In Beads & Buttons, she applies her unique flair for colour, texture and design to beading, presenting a collection of 25 must-have jewellery projects.The book is divided into three themes, Natural, Playful and Vintage. Using driftwood, pebbles and shells, hemp twine or leather thonging, the Naturals projects reflect a modern mood within accessories for relaxed, easy-wear simplicity from a simple stone pendant on brightly coloured suede to a beaded cuff bracelet on wire and a pearl and wooden bead cluster necklace. Playful combines vibrant colour with unusual textures, such as crochet and felt, to create bold statement pieces including yarn covered beads with pompons and glass beads encapsulated in knitting. Finally, the Vintage designs epitomise fashion's ongoing love for antique glass, silver and mother-of-pearl to create treasured heirlooms such as a silver and bead necklace on ribbon and a crochet ribbon bracelet with bead and button charms.