75 Decorative Knots

75 Decorative Knots

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By (author) Laura Williams

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  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 222mm x 222mm x 15mm | 435g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Tunbridge Wells
  • ISBN 10: 1844486192
  • ISBN 13: 9781844486199
  • Illustrations note: 150 colour
  • Sales rank: 179,592

Product description

Jewellery-makers will learn how to tie decorative knots from across the world with this stylish directory. Clear diagrams are teamed with step-by-step instructions to make tying 75 different knots simple. And each knot is graded so even complete beginners can get started straight away. Ten projects will inspire readers to create beautiful and original jewellery. Combine ornamental knots with beads for a modern look, or choose a more traditional style with entirely knot-built pieces. With detailed material lists and photography of finished items, this book is the complete guide to a unique style. Also containing a comprehensive techniques section, 75 Decorative Knots shows how to use jump rings and seal cords correctly. This practical know-how will be invaluable as readers progress to designing and creating their own knotted jewellery.

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Author information

Laura Williams first discovered the joys of tying knots as a girl scout, and quickly progressed to creating friendship bracelets to wear and share as a teenager. In 2006, Laura moved from Wiltshire to the far north of the Scottish highlands, where she had the opportunity to devote more time to her creative endeavours. The discovery of Chinese and other decorative knots inspired the opening of her shop - NorthernDawn.etsy.com - on Etsy in 2009. Her beautiful pieces of beaded and knotted jewellery are all handmade using the expert skills shared in this book.

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Get knotted in the best way possible with this book and learn how to make jewellery and decorations for clothes and accessories. You don't need to buy much either, just some large holed beads and plenty of cord. I like books like this that don't involve much outlay but do involve a lot of crafting, with plenty of opportunities for recycling too. What you will need is an assortment of lengths of different types of cord, and then you need to sit down with this book and follow the instructions on how to tie the knots. I have more than one book on this subject so have plenty for comparison and the combination of drawings and photographs here hits a good balance. Having the new parts of the knot added in each new stage shown in a different color is a good idea, as is showing the finished knot as a photograph. At the back are several projects for making various items of jewellery, plus a few UK and US suppliers. Highlights of this book that make it a good one include a double page spread on how to use it to the full, pages of what you need and why and items such as attaching findings and finishing off. I guess in a way it is a quintessential Search Press book, telling you what you need to know to make something in an attractive and informative way. Recommended for anybody who wants to make some innovative and inexpensive jewellery.-Myshelf.com 75 Decorative Knots brings together a great selection of knotting techniques from across the globe. Authors Laura Williams and Elise Mann show you just how easy it can be to master a new art with this directory of knotting techniques. Clear diagrams and concise steps guide you towards 75 different varieties of decorative knot, plus you'll find a selection of beautiful jewellery projects showing how stunning your knotted creations can be.-Creative Beads & Jewellery This book is well organised, easy-to-use, and beautifully illustrated. The cover describes 75 Decorative Knots as 'A directory of knots and knotting techniques', definitely an accurate description. The Foreword gives advice on how to get the most out of this book. The book is set out in five areas: 'Materials, Tools and Techniques', 'Directory of Knots', 'Eastern Knots', 'Western Knots' and finally 'Jewellery Projects' to inspire the reader to use and combine the knots attractively. The first section contains the essential basic know-how; others you can pick and choose from depending on your requirements. Generally, knots are shown one per page. Each page has a clear close-up photo of the knot, a checklist providing information on the use, difficulty, equipment required, the cord type and use of the knot. This is incredibly useful and an amazing timesaver. A short written explanation and visual interpretation of the actual knot-making is clear and easy to follow. Historically, knots were used to hold clothing together and for decorative purposes. The ability to fasten garments or textile items using knots may provide a solution to the rather tricky elements found in many knitted, felted or woven creations of finishing and presentation. As I have an interest in jewellery I would buy this book as a reference for when I need an unusual fastening to finish an item to a higher standard. It would be a valuable reference book for a Guild library that could generate ideas for fund raising items using your own handmade braids and beads. Louise Guichard, New Forest Guild-Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

Table of contents

Prelims Introduction Tools and techniques Directory of knots Jewellery projects Resources, index and credits