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Book Review and GIVEAWAY: Leather Jewelry

Leather Jewelry: 30 Contemporary Projects by Nathalie Mornu

This
book has been in my collection for a couple of years now. It’s one of
my favorites in my jewelry-making library and it deserves a little
review love here on the blog. With the recent popularity of leather in
jewelry, this book hits the mark for creating stylish accessories that
are oh-so relevant with what is happening right now in the jewelry and
fashion industries. Leather jewelry is hot, hot, hot and still on the
rise with no signs of stopping anytime soon!
If
you want to add leather to your jewelry and you’re looking for
inspiring ideas on how to do it, this book is for you. I really didn’t
know much about leather before grabbing a copy of this book. Now, I feel informed and confident I could handle any leather jewelry project I set my sights on with this book by my side. Author
Nathalie Mornu presents a great introduction to the medium. Her book is
loaded with useful information I have found enlightening on the subject.
You’ll learn all about the different types of leather, which ones work
well for the kind of jewelry you want to make and tips on where to track
down leather scraps for jewelry-making. The book also contains detailed
sections on all the right leather-working tools to use and techniques
that you can start applying to your creations immediately. 
The
jewelry projects in the book are chic and sophisticated, stylish and
fashion-forward. Some of my favorite designs are also the simplest ones.
For me, jewelry that is on-trend and easy to execute are top
priorities. You can even start adding leather to your pieces right away
with the jewelry-making skills you already have and a little inspiration
from this book.

Take a look at a few of the projects inside Leather Jewelry:

“Gossip” by Nathalie Mornu 
Photo courtesy of Lark Books
“Regina” by Nathalie Mornu
Photo courtesy of Lark Books  
“Knots” by Nathalie Mornu
Photo courtesy of Lark Books 
See
what I mean? How cute is this jewelry? And so easy to make. Couldn’t
you see changing up these projects just a little and adding in some art
beads??? I certainly could. Leather is a great material to pair with your
favorite art beads to add texture and interest to your jewelry designs.
In fact, I did just that recently with my own version of Nathalie’s
“Knots” earrings pictured above. 
Here are my earrings inspired by Nathalie’s:
Blue Titanium earrings by Erin Siegel
 Suede knot earrings inspired by “Knots” in Leather Jewelry by Nathalie Mornu.
Featuring handmade blue ceramic beads by Lisa Boucher.
If
you want to learn how to add leather to your jewelry designs, grab a
copy of this book. I highly recommend it! Buy it online at Barns & Noble (on sale now) or Amazon.
Okay, it’s giveaway time.  
In the spirit of the season and the Thanksgiving holiday, I have an author SIGNED copy of Leather Jewelry
to giveaway. While I was at Bead Fest this year, I had the pleasure of meeting author Nathalie Mornu. It is pretty exciting and an honor to meet someone who’s work you admire. I loved meeting her. She’s a pretty awesome person and she was awesome enough to personally
send me a signed copy of her book to help me say “thank you” to you. Nathalie, I love your book and I know our ABS readers will, too.  Let’s show my friend Nathalie some love
for her generosity and leave a comment on this post. Leave your comment
by Friday, November 23rd 2012 to be entered to win the signed copy of Leather Jewelry. Please leave me a way to contact you in case you are the lucky recipient.

Good luck and
Happy Thanksgiving! 
I hope your holiday is filled with reading, beading and all things you are thankful for.
Erin Siegel is a jewelry designer, beading instructor and co-author of
the jewelry book, Bohemian-Inspired Jewelry: 50 Designs Using Leather,
Ribbon and Cords. To find out more, visit her blog: Erin Siegel Jewelry.

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54 Comment

  1. Reply
    Sandy
    November 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    What goes around, comes around! Takes me back to my Hippie Days. At 65, I wouldn't mind trying that again! :o)

  2. Reply
    Shirley Moore
    November 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, I just love those knot earrings! You're right, there has been a huge interest in leather lately. I've been percolating some ideas of how to use it with seed beads, and I'd love to win a signed copy! Thanks to you and Nathalie for this generous giveaway.

  3. Reply
    kim Idalski
    November 16, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    What a beautiful book. I would love to learn to incorporate this medium into my designs. I would be honored to entered into this giveaway.The designs in the photos are gorgeous. Wow.. What a generous offer from you and the author. Thanks so much. Kimberly http://www.Kimisjewelryandgifts.blogspot.com or email Kimisdesigns@yahoo.com

  4. Reply
    Alice
    November 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    This looks like a great book to have. The projects you shared her are fabulous!

    Back when I was in school I loved working with leather in art class. Of course we didn't make jewelry then. I've been wanting to try a new technique and this sounds like one that won't break the bank in terms of new tools and materials. I would love to win!

  5. Reply
    KayzKreationz
    November 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to win this. I love leather, but have been having a hard time figuring out how to add it and how to work with it. I love those earrings and that 'Regina' necklace is awesome. I would so love to know how to make that.

  6. Reply
    Lorelei
    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Have been wanting this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Reply
    Creative Atelier
    November 16, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    I would love to win this book. This a great review and leather jewelry is in my list of "experiments" to play with!

  8. Reply
    sandi m
    November 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    I've been hesitant to try leather for many reasons. Great review, Ern. The book and your cute earrings are just the inspiration I need!

  9. Reply
    Shel
    November 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love leather too, Erin. Leather and pearls especially! I've been hand knotting them together for a while now and I love how leather is so trendy right now. Your designs always incorporate the best ways to use various fibers and are so fun and unique! I'm definitely hopping over to Amazon to check out book! Thanks for the recommendation. Cheers ~Shel~

  10. Reply
    Shaterra Clay
    November 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    I've been doing and selling a lot of leather. Would love to have the book
    Sharleen at Shaterra
    sharleengay@yahoo.com

  11. Reply
    Saraccino
    November 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Leather is such a great material to work with! I already used it for flower pins and I am already tempted to use it in jewelery as well! Thanks to both of you for the chance to win the book! Already the images above are beautiful and inspiring 🙂

  12. Reply
    Angi
    November 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I hope being the first comment will make me the lucky winner! I love the look of leather jewelry and would be so happy to win this book! So….pretty please count me in! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Angi Mullis dj2isme@aol.com

  13. Reply
    Etcetorize
    November 16, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    This looks like a lovely book with loads of great ideas. It would be great to have a signed copy!

  14. Reply
    pupton
    November 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Oooooh! Very nice! Her leather jewelry (and yours!) are gorgeous!
    pupton58 at gmail dot com

  15. Reply
    Lucid Moon Studio
    November 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    I would love to win this book! I was the fortunate recipient of some leather scraps from Lori of Waterstone Studio, so I would love to see some jewelry projects that I could use it in. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  16. Reply
    TesoriTrovati
    November 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Totally awesome book! I had not heard of this before. I am going out right now to put it on my wishlist because I can't win it here! Your earrings are perfectly in keeping with your bohemian vibe, Miss Erin, and I am sure that she was just as delighted to meet you as you were to meet her! Enjoy the day. Erin

  17. Reply
    Joanna-Gloria
    November 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    The projects look amazing!!
    Please enter me!!

    Joanna-Gloria, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

  18. Reply
    Despina
    November 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    The Gossip necklace is fabulous!
    Count me in, please!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

  19. Reply
    Kreestahl
    November 16, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I have lots of leather scraps I would love to use in jewelry! Fun!

  20. Reply
    Prządka
    November 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    May I to try to win this great book? It looks very interesting and I think leather jewelry is awesome attractive. Greetings:)

  21. Reply
    Erin S
    November 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    this book looks really fun and original! I'd love to win it!
    eastrother1@gmail.com

  22. Reply
    ahk
    November 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Looks like a fantastic project for teens/older kids too. Thanks for showing! ahkraus@hotmail.com

  23. Reply
    JeannieK
    November 16, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Great review Erin. I wish all the ABS Contributors and very Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thankful for you all never go a day without reading it.

  24. Reply
    AntiquityTravelers
    November 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    You know how I LOVE your boho ideas Erin! No doubt this book is filled with amazing inspiration! I did my own version of the leather fringe earrings in your book, and now I just want to do more leather projects!!

  25. Reply
    Edith
    November 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I wish I can win this book which seems amazing.
    Thanks for this giveaway.

  26. Reply
    Edith
    November 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    I would be really happy to win this books which seems amazing.
    I am also creating leather jewellery since a little while.
    Thanks for this giveaway.

  27. Reply
    ArtZhodgepodge
    November 16, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    This book will most definitely be put on my want list.. thanks for sharing

  28. Reply
    Rising Designs
    November 17, 2012 at 3:25 am

    Thanks for letting me know.about this book. I love the way leather adds a warm and natural feeling to todays jewelry
    Leather lends itself to a multitude of styles. I hope I win this book to add to my library of jewelry books.

  29. Reply
    Christine
    November 17, 2012 at 3:27 am

    The projects you showed and your earrings – fun and inspiring!! Would love to win – thanks for the chance!!

  30. Reply
    Rising Designs
    November 17, 2012 at 3:29 am

    I would love to add this jewelry book to my library. A pair pf purple leather slacks are waiting to be cut up and used in new jewelry designs!

  31. Reply
    Ashleigh Becker
    November 17, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Looks like a great book! I have so many questions about leather. If I don't win this one will have to be added to my list!

  32. Reply
    Connie
    November 17, 2012 at 7:31 am

    wonderful giveaway…i love working with leather!
    crinwil2@yahoo.com

  33. Reply
    Kristen
    November 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    I have always wanted to learn more about using leather and this sounds like a great book! Thanks.
    kristenvarian@gmail.com

  34. Reply
    moonsockrose
    November 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Finally, a leather jewelry book that doesn't make "biker bracelets".

    Can't wait to see it in person.

  35. Reply
    moonsockrose
    November 17, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    finally, a leather jewelry book that doesn't have "biker bracelets"

    Can't wait to see the book in person.

  36. Reply
    Mackin-Art
    November 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I've worked with leather in other contexts but never considered it for jewelry – something to consider!

  37. Reply
    Becky Pancake
    November 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Thanx for the chance to win what sounds like an awesome book. I have done a few pieces with leather but I would really like to know more.

  38. Reply
    Designed by Vera
    November 17, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Have been toying with leather. This would be a valuable tool to have. Would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Reply
    Anonymous
    November 17, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    would love to win this book!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks
    marlene
    mlsjewel@yahoo.com

  40. Reply
    Diana P.
    November 18, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Now this is totally a book I'd like to add to my collection! I have so much leather in my studio right now!

  41. Reply
    Klassy Joolz
    November 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Love leather…this would be a great book to have….I hope, I hope!

  42. Reply
    teachergustavson
    November 18, 2012 at 2:34 am

    How kind to share a copy of this book! I would love to combine leather and some of the metal clay findings I'm making. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  43. Reply
    Betty Anne
    November 18, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Love leather and would love to win.

  44. Reply
    Tracee Dock - The Classic Bead
    November 18, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I have leather I have been wanting to use, but have been looking for some inspiration! This would be perfect!

  45. Reply
    What I Did Today
    November 18, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I've never made leather jewelry before. This looks to be a fun, fabulous way to dive right in! Thank you!

  46. Reply
    JanelDudleyBeads
    November 18, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Looks like a wonderful book full of inspiration, would love to open it up and get to work on some new ideas! Thank you for your generosity!

  47. Reply
    Claire
    November 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    This book looks great. I love the knot earrings. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Reply
    Cheri
    November 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I love the look of leather and would love having this book. Thank you for this opportunity.
    Cheri

  49. Reply
    Sabine
    November 20, 2012 at 3:14 am

    What a great book! I have a pile of leather samples (from interior design companies), I would love to try my hand at these!

    Ann
    http://mycriticaleye.com

  50. Reply
    Paula Lee M
    November 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    I love Nathalie Mornu work and I love leather. I would be thrilled to win this book. I will ask for it for Christmas if not!Thanks.

    mouski7@yahoo.com

  51. Reply
    Becky Pancake
    November 24, 2012 at 5:18 am

    This sounds like a great book. Thanx for a chance to win it. I have used some leather in my jewelry designs, but I would like to learn more.

  52. Reply
    Kathy Lindemer
    November 26, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Thank you for creating This giveaway. iI would love to win this book. The earrings are awesome. I would love to learn how to make them. Baymoondesign@gmail.com

  53. Reply
    Sterling Silver Jewellery
    December 9, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    WOW! I do love that giveaway. Those stuffs are really great and very fashionable wish to have them.

  54. Reply
    PS Daima
    December 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

    wow.i like, great job dear.:)
    leather bracelet

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