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Knotted Bead Jewellery
Jenny Townley

Search Press
2 February 2016/ ISBN 9781782213901
How-To Books / Jewelry Making

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


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, 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 to date.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016