Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery Paperback – Jan 1 2003
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"A new and exciting book, well set out and displaying some clear pictures of the finished projects." Bead Magazine
About the Author
Suzen Millodot has always loved arts and crafts. She was able to indulge her passion when her husband starting travelling and working in different countries. She learned batik in America then taught it in Wales, Canada and Hong Kong. It was in Hong Kong that she discovered the art of Chinese Knotting. She now lives and works in Israel where she makes beautiful jewellery combining her knowledge of Chinese knots and her love of the beads and semi precious stones she has found there.
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Remember that any beautiful art takes a great deal of time and effort to learn. You must be patient with yourself. And, you must practice one thing at a time. And, practice every day. If you do this, and follow Susan's greatly illustrated directions, you will be achieving better tension and more beautiful knots as time passes. And, you can do it fairly quickly.
My hat goes off to a very encouraging and sharing teacher, person and author! I am so very grateful that she wrote this book and wish I could thank her personally.
I think this is a very good beginner's book and I'm happy I bought it. The knots are beautiful, the jewelry - although rather simple in design and color choices - is attractive and shows intelligent color sense, the illustrations and photos are clear. There were times I could not see how she got from Point A to Point B, and an intermediate photo would have been helpful. But by and large, the book will be very helpful in my desire to experiment with elegant fiber jewelry with knots as a design element.
I have not given it 5 stars, however, because I think there are important areas where it falls short:
1.) First, what she says about supplies and how to choose them only fills a total of one page, and is completely inadequate. The author spends 4 times more pages on her personal introduction and the history of knotting than she does on choosing the supplies. One requires very large-holed beads to use most of these techniques, and although she mentions hole sizes in passing, she gives no information about useful or minimum hole diameters, *relative to the sizes of the cords*. She also gives virtually no *specific* information on cord sizes or types, what might be suitable or not. Someone with experience would eventually calculate ratios of hole sizes to cord sizes, at least mentally, and would buy materials with minimum or maximum sizes in mind. But an inexperienced bead or fiber buyer could buy a lot of stuff, learn it was unsuitable, and end up very frustrated.
2.) Second, I wanted to see more of a variety of professional finishing options. A button knot makes a great button, but one loop of smaller cord might be completely undersized or too weak to be used over and over in a closure. There are many fiber finishing techniques for closures, ways of wrapping threads and loops and so forth, and it would have been very useful to have seen them incorporated with the knots. Clasps and closures are the mark of a professional piece; the pieces shown in the book were finished with commercial findings in a "hobbyist" manner. Because this is not my strong suit, I'd hoped to get a few more ideas. I was disappointed.
3.) Finally, any good how-to book should have a few good sources of supply. With this book, listing some of the larger mail order sources for silk and cotton cords would have been useful, as well as sources for larger-holed beads.
Having said all that, this is certainly is a good elementary book, and it will prove useful as a starting place. I recommend it to anyone who wants an introduction to using beads with Chinese knotting.
Take a beautiful focal bead, add a cord and instead of just letting it dangle around your neck,this book will teach you how to create Chinese Knots to embellish a cord around your bead and create a work of art. Included are close up step by step pictures in full color to help guide you along the way. It is a very helpful addition to my jewelry making library.