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Trends: Fiber Jewelry

Dec 11, 2008

by Alison Feldmann

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Jewelry comes in many forms. You may be familiar with the traditional compositions of silver and gold, but there’s a new trend on the scene that’s shaking up what you once thought about adornment: fiber jewelry. Whether it’s crochet, woven, embroidered or felted, jewelry made from alternative materials is on the rise, and it’s quite avant garde. (And beautiful!) Check out our collection below to get a taste!

 

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Embroidered button badge - Green and Red
Embroidered button badge - Green and Red
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Little Leaves Necklace Charcoal, Light Grey and Mustard
Little Leaves Necklace Charcoal, Light Grey and Mustard
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Felt and crochet brooch
Felt and crochet brooch
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Chimerical Flowers ... Freeform Crochet Necklace
Chimerical Flowers ... Freeform Crochet Necklace
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Teensy Twee Titmouse (hand embroidered brooch pin)
Teensy Twee Titmouse (hand embroidered brooch pin)
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bunny buddy pin
bunny buddy pin
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Red crochet necklace - Riesenkaviar
Red crochet necklace - Riesenkaviar
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121 comments

  • chakrapennywhistle

    chakrapennywhistle said 12 years ago

    I recently bought a jezze button! I can't wait for it to arrive :) These are all wonderful. That Ottoman is such a talent!

  • tinarice

    tinarice said 12 years ago

    wow! nice assortment! these are some of my favorite artists!

  • erinmapes

    erinmapes said 12 years ago

    Cool, I didn't realize I was part of a trend. I just started making my knitted cuffs and bangles as a way to use up my leftover thread! Like I say in my profile, with a little creativity you can find a use for almost anything. :)

  • BlueCanvasStudios

    BlueCanvasStudios said 12 years ago

    It is all just so wonderfully textural. I like when we all think outside the box! Great article!

  • ThreadFed

    ThreadFed said 12 years ago

    Fiber jewelry has such flexibility and depth of color. Yum!!

  • 3FUN

    3FUN said 12 years ago

    Beautiful collection!!!

  • sassalynne

    sassalynne said 12 years ago

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more fibre jewellery on Etsy. Hunt it out. It's worth the search.

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 12 years ago

    I like the cuffs and decorative necklaces...so much to choose from here on Etsy!

  • kjoo

    kjoo said 12 years ago

    WOW! Thanks so much for adding my pin*

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 12 years ago

    How cool- this is very interesting!

  • MadeByLaura

    MadeByLaura said 12 years ago

    Fantastic collection makes me happy to see it.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 12 years ago

    Love fiber jewelry ~ soo creative and fun!

  • RocketScienceShop

    RocketScienceShop said 12 years ago

    I recently bought some fiber jewelry from Seapod! Love em!

  • washwhendirty

    washwhendirty said 12 years ago

    those are so lovely =)!

  • idyllhands

    idyllhands said 12 years ago

    I love me some fiber jewelry - I might have to do a bit of shopping... for me.

  • lunaticart

    lunaticart said 12 years ago

    I love all these artists!! so much creativity!

  • JackRabbit

    JackRabbit said 12 years ago

    I have a few fiber jewels on my wish list this Christmas!

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign said 12 years ago

    very nice selection!!! I wish one day Etsy will consider paper jewelry a jewelry category as fiber jewelry and add it in the search!

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 12 years ago

    It is so neat to see fiber jewelry coming back! It takes me back to memories of my Grandma who did marcrome (excuse my spelling). Such great items too!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 12 years ago

    I love fiber jewelry!

  • BeatriceMcClelland

    BeatriceMcClelland said 12 years ago

    Great pieces! I have added a couple to my favorites, thanks for the info. I am actually experimenting with wood and fiber and metal.... So much fun!!!! I have a piece I just finished in my shop. Check it out.

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 12 years ago

    Yay fibers! Some of my favorites listed...love Ottoman and Irregularexpressions!

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile said 12 years ago

    Lovely slection. If you love fiber art & cats, you must check out this new shop!: http://CatTingles.etsy.com =^x^=

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 12 years ago

    Beautiful and colorful!

  • julietk

    julietk said 12 years ago

    Chimericalflowers necklace is just stunning I am so glad fiber is being appreciated

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 12 years ago

    so inspiring!

  • crewelwhorled

    crewelwhorled said 12 years ago

    If you're looking for fiber jewelry, you must check out this shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5625971 She's a little low on product right now, so be sure to check the sold items. I love how it's very modern, but still perfect for my old world great grandma.

  • pirilamporiscado

    pirilamporiscado said 12 years ago

    Fiber is awesome to work with!! Awesome list. *** Thank you so much!

  • CoquelicotSalon

    CoquelicotSalon said 12 years ago

    Fiber jewelry.. they are gorgeous! I LOVE fiber!!

  • jemmetals

    jemmetals said 12 years ago

    I love fiber jewelry, especially the combination with more traditional metals. The contrast of surfaces is so wonderful.

  • brehanclaire

    brehanclaire said 12 years ago

    Please check out my jewelry which involves fiber such as lace, ribbons, and silk fabric. Thanks.

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 12 years ago

    This is one of my favorite areas on Etsy... fiber jewelry!

  • baddinsdesign

    baddinsdesign said 12 years ago

    If I were rich I would buy 200 of those little beauties and arrange them in a wall sized shadow box... I'm getting carried away. What i mean is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

  • kilsook

    kilsook said 12 years ago

    oh my gosh, i am so in awe of all of these designers and their work.

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 12 years ago

    FAN-TAS-TIC!!!!

  • miscusi

    miscusi said 12 years ago

    Oh man, uloni's red crochet necklace is so great! I love fiber jewelry; I love making it even more. :D

  • niajane

    niajane said 12 years ago

    I adore fiber jewelry- my fave shop is kjoo. Maria makes the most divine items from felt and fiber. I'm lucky enough to have a couple of necklaces and rings from her shop, and I get compliments every time I wear them!

  • ScissorsHappy

    ScissorsHappy said 12 years ago

    I love the lil bunny guy! I love felt creations, by far my fav fiber!

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 12 years ago

    amazing you dont have kjoo here. her work is legendary www.kjoo.etsy.com

  • sewsewsuckurtoe

    sewsewsuckurtoe said 12 years ago

    Stitched and Fiber Jewelry is most definitely "HOT" right now! Can't get enough of it! :) Thanks for including me!

  • WoolTwoGo

    WoolTwoGo said 12 years ago

    Very neat samples! I'm glad to see that this unique style of accessorization is getting some recognition! I've been having fun designing complex stitched and embellished wool beads and brooches since last winter...check out our shop if you'd like to see some of my Creations!

  • TrueJune

    TrueJune said 12 years ago

    Sure solves the silver or gold problem. I love it!

  • analoukopoulos

    analoukopoulos said 12 years ago

    Really nice...!!!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 12 years ago

    Check out this shop for amazing yarn jewelry.... and GREAT prices! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5223844

  • beckarahn

    beckarahn said 12 years ago

    Beautiful! I make beaded silk and wool cuffs and brooches too. Long live fiber!

  • thefunkyfelter

    thefunkyfelter said 12 years ago

    lovely picks! fiber jewelry is so vibrant and colorful :)

  • drawingroom

    drawingroom said 12 years ago

    This is so funny, I was just thinking the other day 'maybe I should try and put together a little article about textile jewelry...' because I just love it! Thanks for this great article and I am so happy to be included! Yay!

  • littlelettibug

    littlelettibug said 12 years ago

    Fiber jewelry allows you to be more creative, so much colors, Europe and most specially Spain, is into crocheted jewelry. They are light, easy to clean, they do not tarnish and easy to fix if they break. No two are alike. I just started crocheting silk thread with beads and they better than metal chains. Check out a few of my pieces.

  • fifthquadrant

    fifthquadrant said 12 years ago

    I just bought my first piece of fiber jewelry from an etsy seller a few weeks ago....I love how it looks on my winter jacket.

  • littlechrissy

    littlechrissy said 12 years ago

    Beautiful collection. I also make fiber jewelry - mainly brooches at this stage. Reaonably priced, but made with luurve. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6118086

  • AwApplesauce

    AwApplesauce said 12 years ago

    That finger cuff is gorgeous. They're all gorgeous!

  • evieandpiper

    evieandpiper said 12 years ago

    There are a couple of my favorites here. So Amazing. I have never worked with fiber but I love working with chandelier crystals, I bet fiber would be fun, it certainly is beautiful!

  • VedaArts

    VedaArts said 12 years ago

    i really love irregularexpressions fabric jewelry. I wish she would trade with me! :)

  • exclamationpoint

    exclamationpoint said 12 years ago

    Love it! Thanks teenangster!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 12 years ago

    Etsians are so clever!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 12 years ago

    I've always had a fibers affair. Fibers jewelry is so tactile..so alluring...

  • thepuddlepeople

    thepuddlepeople said 12 years ago

    The great thing about working with fibers is there is NEVER any waste! Yippee! Gotta love it...

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 12 years ago

    I am so impressed with some of the fiber artists who make jewelry, on partiicular kjoo.

  • kachingdesign

    kachingdesign said 12 years ago

    They are all so lovely!

  • MayBeMe

    MayBeMe said 12 years ago

    Winter jewellery! Lovely

  • michellekeller

    michellekeller said 12 years ago

    Oooo, felt-alicious!

  • KaleidoscopeStyle

    KaleidoscopeStyle said 12 years ago

    I'm so happy to hear it is on the rise. I do LOVE making embroidered felt jewelry!

  • ClayOctopus

    ClayOctopus said 12 years ago

    Wwwwwooooooowwwww! GREAT INSPIRATION!

  • Nishale

    Nishale said 12 years ago

    love them!!!!!!!

  • delectabledenim

    delectabledenim said 12 years ago

    i bought a fab! brooch from elinthomas for my friend's birthday and she loves it (and so do i) :D and one of my students is actually writing an essay on fiber/fabric jewellery and she has been looking at etsy constantly

  • alidesign

    alidesign said 12 years ago

    Aww.. the bunny buddy pin is so cute!

  • stripesandplaid

    stripesandplaid said 12 years ago

    ...you just launched a new obsession for me... these items are really amazing

  • lapomme

    lapomme said 12 years ago

    I heart this story, because I already admire many of these sellers, and now I'm discovering others I didn't even know made fabric jewelry!

  • Yoola

    Yoola said 12 years ago

    Marvelous !!!! i adore textile creations.

  • CRSisters

    CRSisters said 12 years ago

    The seashell pin is so cute! Love the selection.

  • SandFibers

    SandFibers said 12 years ago

    I love wearing and making fiber jewelry! Beautiful selections :D

  • popsiclestick

    popsiclestick said 12 years ago

    Yeah! Loved this! Thank you so much for highlighting our category. I just looked at 105 pages worth - so inspiring and so many AMAZING crafters - I'm blown away (and my eyes are a little jumpy to boot!)

  • babydragon

    babydragon said 12 years ago

    Fantastic picks. The bunny is really cute!

  • hdesign8

    hdesign8 said 12 years ago

    Fantastic! Truly an inspiration and has left me in awe...

  • uloni

    uloni said 12 years ago

    thanks for including me. I am very happy see see my choker here with so many great jewelry items ) I am a fan of sea sponge pin of pirilamporiscado :)

  • DAINTYCROCHETBYALY

    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 12 years ago

    very beautiful, thanks to Etsy for the article!!! great for the fiber art and Fiber jewelry!!! I am all about it!! :-) great ! Merry christmas to all.. :-)

  • cozymemories

    cozymemories said 12 years ago

    That finger cuff is so pretty !!! Absolutely a great idea to make an article about fiber jewelry ! Thanks for sharing ! *Ü*

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 12 years ago

    That "little leaves" necklace is so cool. Reminds me of Charley Harper's mid-century illustrations (and anything by Charley Harper is amazing!)

  • ElinThomas

    ElinThomas said 12 years ago

    Wow! Just like to take the opportunity to say thanks to all you fiber artists. I've only been crocheting for about four months and I've taken so much inspiration from you all on Etsy(and flickr) You're so good!. Thank you.

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 12 years ago

    flipping awesome stuff!

  • everythingok

    everythingok said 12 years ago

    (also, i totally second thecottagecheese about charley harper!)

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 12 years ago

    Lovely stuffs!

  • picklehead

    picklehead said 12 years ago

    Yay! Thanks for putting my little bunny guy in such great company! :D

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 12 years ago

    That little rabbit by picklehead is too cute to handle!

  • ixela

    ixela said 12 years ago

    Adorable creations!!!

  • minouette

    minouette said 12 years ago

    I am all over the fibre art as jewelery thing. So wonderful!

  • 1920

    1920 said 12 years ago

    Love the work, love all the artists here.

  • AnthologiE

    AnthologiE said 12 years ago

    The color and creativity of these beautiful pieces is endless!

  • PhineasandLou

    PhineasandLou said 12 years ago

    Gorgeous! These are all beautiful :)

  • MadeByMarta

    MadeByMarta said 12 years ago

    I've made some felt earrings that resemble my plushies. I think fiber jewelry is a great idea.

  • PandoraSpocks

    PandoraSpocks said 12 years ago

    Fiber jewelry is so creative and fun! I have a couple of crocheted "pearl" necklaces in my shop :)

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 12 years ago

    so much fun! I just love them all!

  • JuneMoonBeads

    JuneMoonBeads said 12 years ago

    I love working with fiber, I'm bummed that kumihimo wasn't included in this article:(

  • fulyayaba

    fulyayaba said 12 years ago

    perfect,love them... :))

  • materialworld

    materialworld said 12 years ago

    They're all beautiful! Fabric jewelry is so sensual. Check out Meghannon for some fabulous jewels!

  • BayMoonDesign

    BayMoonDesign said 12 years ago

    I am glad to see an article on fabric jewelry. I am a huge fan of using differenct mediums in jewelry. I have a necklace in my story that has a beads that I made from recycled jeans.

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 12 years ago

    What beautiful pieces!

  • SarahsPapierGarden

    SarahsPapierGarden said 12 years ago

    Superb! Thinking outside the box ! I love the fiber jewelry!

  • StirDesigns

    StirDesigns said 12 years ago

    We have fibery jewelry in our shop as well! Earrings and pins...http://www.etsy.com/your_shop.php

  • StirDesigns

    StirDesigns said 12 years ago

    oops, that would be this shop...http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=98468

  • 1920

    1920 said 12 years ago

    This is a real handmade nation.

  • filigreelamps

    filigreelamps said 12 years ago

    I love irregularexpressions, I already have them in my favs! HHmm if I only have time to crochet for my lamps! Great work guys!

  • nosideup

    nosideup said 12 years ago

    fabulous

  • fishgreendesign

    fishgreendesign said 12 years ago

    Some talented people out there on Etsy!

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 12 years ago

    I love fiber jewelry. Especially because it's different from what I do, so I keep finding pieces that I want to buy!

  • dumplingdesigns

    dumplingdesigns said 12 years ago

    Just gorgeous!

  • PDXfabricdeli

    PDXfabricdeli said 12 years ago

    This is one super cool trend and this is an absolute scream (in a good way) http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=10839515&ref=em

  • MadEarth

    MadEarth said 12 years ago

    I am addicted to thick fabric cuffs - Stylish and winter WARM...yay.

  • RagingWool

    RagingWool said 12 years ago

    I had a bin of cashmere sweater scraps and a 3-month stint on crutches. The result? Cuff bracelets with cool cashmere craziness coming out from all angles. Fiber jewelry is soft, human, and oh-so tactile. I just need a summer option for a girl that LOVES wool and cashmere. Convo me with your ideas!!

  • CatTingles

    CatTingles said 12 years ago

    wow ther's a lot to say about this!! had to scroll down for ten minutes before reaching the commentbox! lol... I absolutely love fibrejewelry. And Makemesmile thank you so much for putting in the link!

  • KimFelsen

    KimFelsen said 12 years ago

    Interesting fiber jewels!

  • creamtart

    creamtart said 12 years ago

    This is lovely! I have been making a lot of fiber jewelry lately. I should list more!

  • themonstermaker

    themonstermaker said 12 years ago

    Fiber jewellery is just so much fun to make... all bright,bold colours, lightweight pieces.. I love working with textiles!

  • nothingelegant

    nothingelegant said 12 years ago

    I like bunny buddy pin~~

  • felt4u

    felt4u said 12 years ago

    love the item check out our ethno felt bracelets

  • melissajunehandmade

    melissajunehandmade said 12 years ago

    wow...other sellers with fiber jewelry! im wishing my things could have made it into this article!

  • labyrinthvintage

    labyrinthvintage said 12 years ago

    Umm I love your necklace .

  • DAINTYCROCHETBYALY

    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 12 years ago

    so cool!!

  • QuiltsbyLisa

    QuiltsbyLisa said 12 years ago

    I'm inspired !!!

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  • BluKatDesign

    Heather O'Cain UPCYCLED JEWELRY from BluKatDesign said 4 years ago

    Love this! I have been making fiber & fabric jewelry for a while now. I think it is so colorful & fun!

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