Macramé has been brought right up to date with this
excellent primer on making jewelry. These beautiful and intricate
pieces are a world away from the hanging plant pot holders
of the 70s and embrace more styles than just retro hippy chic.
As it says on the cover ”every technique explained,
for beginners up“ and this is one book that really does
deliver all that and more.
I have bought a number of micro macramé books and too
often find that the diagrams are hard to follow on the more
advanced knots. The basics are simple enough, but once you
get to the double half hitch, for example, it tends to become
confusing. Not here though; at the front of the book are pages
of staged photographs showing all the knots. Photographed
on a white background, these show in sharp contrast rat tail
cord in various colors and it is all very visible. Even better
might have been having different colors for left and right,
but you can’t have everything and I had no trouble following
them. Also at the front is information on what cords, tools,
beads and findings you will need, and the knowledge that everything
has come from just the one UK based website, www.spoiltrottenbeads.co.uk.
The projects are arranged into three sections for beginner,
intermediate and advanced, with a useful section showcasing
all the projects for easy selection. There are many truly
beautiful pieces here, from fun and casual to formal and elaborate
comprising necklaces, pendants, bracelets (lots of these)
and earrings. Projects have staged photographs and a large
photo of the item, as well as what you need, size and list
of knots used and what page you can find them on. If you want
to make a range of attractive modern macramé jewelry
to complement your outfits, this is the best book I have seen
If you cannot find a good range of macramé and jewelry
making materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.
Spoilt Rotten Beads ships worldwide.