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Shamballa Bracelets
Search Press Mini Makes series
Sandra Lebrun

Search Press
2 July 2015 / ISBN 9781782212447
How-To Books/Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Search Press's latest new series of books is Mini Makes, a range of pocket sized books that cover various crafts in a nutshell. Originally published in France, they are priced at just under a fiver and therefore ideal for stocking fillers, party favors, prizes and any other occasions that call for a small gift.Board covers make them sturdy and they are packed full of information in about 60 pages. This one shows you how to get in on the current trend for Tibetan style shamballa bracelets.

I can imagine taking this on vacation together with the simple items you need to make these bracelets. There is just one page showing pictures of what you need, and then the basic technique is shown in several easy stages over a few pages. Learn how to position the work, tie the knots and finish off before the fourteen projects that follow. These do not actually feature instructions, but contain a list of what you need and a page sized photograph of the finished piece together with a few hints. How many knots you tie is going to be mostly down to your wrist size and taste, the projects are really just to give you ideas how to develop this simple but very effective method. If you have trouble reading small print this series might not be for you, but the combination of well translated words plus clear photographs makes this book an ideal one to learn this method.

If you cannot find a good range of shamballa beads and cords locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015