Monday, January 9, 2012

Braidlets?

Now I know that there are so many amazing people out there that can take an object and transform it in a new and exciting way, but when I saw what Cari of CrochetHooked had done with a seemingly simple piece of wire and beads I was floored!

She worked for a time as a framer for a craft store which meant that she had access to all the new craft books that came out...lucky girl!  Cari had already been teaching beginner crochet at the store for some time when she found a new book about crocheting with wire.  Well, the wheels began turning right there and then.  If you can crochet with wire and beads why can't you braid with it?  Cari grabbed her supplies and created her first braided wire and bead bracelet, which her husband instantly dubbed a Braidlet.

What seems like a fairly simple concept can create mind blowingly beautiful works of wearable art in the hands of someone with an eye for color and design.  Everything from crystals to pearl to seed beads are fair game.  If Cari likes the combination they will surely become a Braidlet.

Now, for all you do it yourselfers out there that love to look at others talent and say "I can do that" Cari has created tutorials explaining everything step by step using her knowledge of teaching crochet to make sure that her instructions are clear and easy to understand.  I have no doubt that you will quickly have a piece of wearable art after following her easy pictures and instructions.

So, are you ready to see what a Braidlet can be?  Check out Cari's shop on the HandmadeArtistsShop as well as her own blog where she offers advice and even a free beginning tutorial on crocheting with wire and beads to get you going.

7 comments:

Larissa said...

Great post!

Cari Baker said...

Kimberly… Wow! You certainly have an elegant way with words. Thank you for sharing my story and for the awesome description about my Braidlets! I appreciate your thoughtfulness… ;o)

John Rasmussen said...

Wonderful presentation of Braidlets (TM) and their creator.

lilmamad said...

I think it's great that she not only shares her products with the world, but her knowledge as well! :)

TamsJewelry said...

I love that she is willing to share and teach others.She is Talented!

Teresa Rusk said...

Super post, super person! Nothing more to be said.

Handmade Artists' Forum and Shop said...

Cari does wonderful work and is an absolutely super promoter as well. All of her help with the forum and shop have been appreciated!
Andrew