Resources for Artists and Writers: Inspiring, Curious, and Useful

This is where I store and recommend resources on, obviously, art and design, broadly defined. I often forget where these are or that I even knew about them so I put them here. The category is very broadly defined because it includes any resource I value as an artist and writer—anything I use or recommend or wish I used in my creative work, including website design.

Some are inspiring, some curious, and some extremely useful. The choices are entirely idiosyncratic. Inclusion reflects only my interests.

Nothing comprehensive but I hope you discover something new.

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Crochet (& Knitting) With Wire

A beautiful and inspiring little book that is useful as well. Jewelry, boxes, baskets, and a purse crocheted with wire. Techniques would work with knitting as well. Clear instructions, even if you have never crocheted before and a list of sources for supplies. Clear, illustrated technique instructions, precise photographs of projects, explains and names jewelry-making equipment and parts like fasteners, and even includes a bibliography and index. An excellent gift book.

I’ve looked at these projects for years and never understood exactly how to get the beads on the wire or where to find the wire. Or what size wire one would use. First Tip: You put the beads on the wire, or yarn, first. Then you pull them up or push them further down as you work. Never occurred to me. Second Tip: The wire comes in numbered gauges, the smaller the number, the larger the wire; the larger the number the finer the wire. 26 is stiff but workable; 34, the size of a hair. The author prefers 28-30.

Wire also comes in more than copper and nameless grey metals — gold, silver, brass, and many wonderful shades of green, blue, red, etc. See Artistic Wire.

Crochet with Wire by Nancie M Wiseman. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 2005. At Amazon