Praise for CHAINEDPress 3 Comments
I had high expectations for this book, and Rebeca definitely came through. I knew her designs would be pretty (and they are). I knew her instructions would be good (and they are). The only surprise is just HOW inspired I’m feeling after seeing some of the ingenious ways she’s tweaked our tried-and-true weaves. Rebeca has a wonderfully fun chainmail brain.
–Spider, expert mailler, chainmaille instructor and owner/founder of Spiderchain.com
From a teaching standpoint, this is an excellent book. The photos and explanations show exactly how certain techniques should be done. More than that, Rebeca shows what NOT to do, and why the wrong way won’t work. Without a doubt, this book has more details about chainmaille techniques than any other book.
The projects flow well from start to end. Rather than presenting a series of unrelated projects, each chapter starts out with a simple weave. Then slowly, Rebeca builds on that core weave and the designs get more and more intricate.
Finally, it’s helpful to have ring conversions listed. Whether someone is trying to figure out how to order online, or order in a store, they are never going to find a place that lists sizes the same way as everyone else. Sometimes [the supplier uses] inches, sometimes millimeters, sometimes AR….so it is very helpful to have all the conversions laid out up front.
–Brian Wussow, expert mailler, chainmaille instructor and ring maker
Chained is a must have for every crafter. The instructions are clear and concise, and the pictures are great. I’ve been chainmailling for years and found some variations that I’m now desperate to try.
I loved the coiling chapter. It’s so simple, but I would never have thought of it in a million years! But my favorite part of the book was the beginning. As someone who has done maille for a long time, there’s a lot of technical information at the beginning that is so concise and well laid out (rather than me having to find it through all my papers and various online bookmarks). The tables at the back supplement this information nicely, and the history of maille was great. Aspect ratio has eluded me for years, but now seems easy to understand.
I want to buy this book for a little girl who likes my chainmaille and wants to learn. I was trying to explain how to open and close rings, and this book would totally be helpful in that regard. I love the photos!
–Lisa Smeltzer, advanced chainmailler
I would absolutely make these pieces again. The Japanese Diamond Bracelet is a challenging design with a very pleasing result. The photos are clear, and the written instructions are very straightforward.
–L Lindsey, intermediate chainmailler and book tester
This book taught me to not fear color! I love that so many different combinations were shown, which inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and try colors that I normally wouldn’t. I am loving the results!
–Jen Hyatt, advanced chainmailler and book tester
How long do I have to wait before I can make another? I can’t wait to try some of the variations!
–Christa Krasneck, intermediate chainmailler and book tester
This book is a great introduction to maille. Right from the get-go, I was inspired. The first project is so easy—yet there are so many possibilities! I learned enough just from the first three projects to feel I would have gotten my money’s worth from purchasing the book.
The written instructions were so clear that sometimes I didn’t even look at the photographs. I loved all the tips about alternate ring sizes to create larger or tinier pieces.
–Laura Moore, first-time chainmailler and book tester
This is the best chainmaille book I’ve seen. You’ve included so many tips that will help me personally, and I’m sure will help many, many more mailers. The format, photos and your style of writing are really very good. I can’t wait to buy my very own copy!
– Pam Schroede, intermediate mailler & Blue Buddha intern