For the first time Erika Knight applies her unique flair for colour, texture and design within crafts to beading, presenting a must-have collection of 25 jewellery projects. Divided into three themes - Natural, Playful and Vintage - the designs all share Erika's innate sense of style.
Using driftwood, pebbles, shells and hemp twine or leather thonging, the Naturals projects reflect a modern mood within accessories for relaxed, easy-wear simplicity.
The Playful projects combine vibrant colour with unusual textures, such as crochet and felt, to create bold statement pieces, while the Vintage projects encapsulate fashion's ongoing love for antique glass, silver and mother-of-pearl to create treasured heirlooms.
Beads and buttons have been used for centuries as talismans, currency, decoration and adornment. Made from a huge variety of materials - bone, wood, glass, stone, shell, seeds - beads and buttons of all shapes and sizes can be found, collected, made and threaded with any number of fibres to create jewellery and adornment for clothing. This simple introduction to beads and buttons presents individual ideas on how to make show-stopping pieces. However, the projects are all unashamedly simple and easy to make.
Erika Knight is a much-respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as a sought-after fashion and crafts consultant. For many years, Erika has been working towards a greater understanding of crafts, bringing them to a new generation. Through her work as a key consultant to many design companies, she has sought to align the worlds of fashion and crafts. The profile of knitting and other crafts has never been higher than it is now, and Erika has played a major role in this renaissance - she is seen by many as a knitting guru for her creativity, knowledge and vision. Erika has previously written nine highly acclaimed knitting books including New Knits, Baby Bloom, Classic, Glamour, Classic at Home and Glamour at Home as well as two crochet books, Simple Crochet and Essential Crochet.