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Introduction 6 Materials and equipment 8 Preparing cords 12 Button Knot Necklace 16 Pineapple Knot Bracelet 22 Phoenix Tail Necklace 28 Guinevere's Necklace 34 Epaulette Knot Bracelet 40 Firecracker Knot Earrings 46 Pipa Knot Earrings 52 Macrame Necklace 56 Four-Leaved Clover Necklace 64 Dragonfly Brooch 72 Index 80
Suzen Millodot has always loved arts and crafts, and is the author of the very successful books Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery and Celtic Knots for Beaded Jewellery. She is an accomplished artist, having taught batik for many years in Canada, Hong Kong and Wales. She first developed a fascination for decorative knots whilst living in Wales and later in Hong Kong. Her jewellery now incorporates knots from all over the world and from all periods of history, and she complements the knots with unusual and exotic beads she has collected on her travels. She and her husband now live in Wales very close to their daughter and grandchildren. She occasionally teaches and continues to make original jewellery and wearable art using knots and macrame.
Myshelf.com: First there was Chinese Knots For Beaded Jewellery, then came Celtic Knots For Beaded Jewellery (both reviewed on this site). Now here is a whole new book with more knots and exciting things to make with them; time to get the corkboard out again! The author must have read my comments on wanting to tie the dragonfly knot pictured in the first book, because here it is in all its glory. There are lots of diagrams and staged photographs to follow in here, including one for the gorgeous Guinevere knot to actually pin on the board and fix your cord to. There are ideas on dyeing cords to match your outfits, and not only rat tail gets used but other cords including leather thronging, the latter to great effect. You can use these knotted pieces to showcase some wonderful beads (if you have them) or use up oddments from other projects like I do, and like the author also does in various examples. This is a great hands-on book that will take pride of place next to the other two on my keeper shelves. Also, here is a craft that does not cost a lot of money which is all to the good. Another useful and attractive primer on an unusual subject. A collection of new knots, projects and designs. Suzen has always loved arts and crafts and her jewellery now incorporates knots from all over the world and from all periods of history. She complements the knots with unusual and exotic beads she's collected from her travels. We've recommended her books before, because every machine knitter needs inspiration for adding finishing touches. For example there's a beautiful Dragonfly Brooch that only needs some braided cord. You can add a brooch pin as suggested or simply sew it on to a garment to look absolutely stunning. Microwave instructions are in the book for dyeing your own cord to match the yarn you've used, and once the simple techniques for making knots are mastered, designs can be as extravagant or as simple as you want. No specialist equipment is required and you need no special skills. Suzen includes detailed step-by-step photographs, diagrams, helpful advice and inspirational projects. It's definitely one for your wish list.-Machine Knitting Monthly