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Chinese Knotting: Creative Designs that are Easy and Fun! Hardcover – Aug 15 2003
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The book when it arrived was a lovely surprise. The introductory pages contain a synopsis of Chinese knotting history accompanied by full colour photographs of the knots in use to make practical and decorative items. The diagrams are clear enough though the knots very quickly become rather elaborate for a complete beginner learning straight from the book with no teacher to demonstrate. However patience and taking time to study the very accurate diagrams carefully will alleviate this problem. The other difficulty I encountered, particularly when reaching the stage of learning the Pan Chang Knot, was knowing how much string would be needed. No indication of this is given next the knots themselves though early on in the book it is mentioned that most can be tied with a length of three metre cord. Admittedly the amount required would depend on the thickness of the cord used, but some guidance would be helpful.
A series of projects is provided in the third part of the book, giving inspiration and instruction in using the knots in different ways. The diagrams of the projects are rather small so you would have to practice the knots themselves diligently until you can do them easily before attempting one of the projects.
However this is a very attractive book giving an interesting insight into the ancient art of Chinese knotting and I certainly recommend it for anyone interested in Chinese culture and for anyone who would like to learn Chinese knotwork.
The other books didn't have all these knots nor the really nice easy way of making knots by using pins. The other books use hand only technique which is not that easy and i end up lossing my way while trying to do big knots .
For example the butter fly knot which is the hardest knots on the other books and mostly the top creative one, is really hard to do it using only my hand but its soooooo easy using pins which made me more enthusiast to do the harder ones like the dragon , the fish or the malty knots necklaces . I really advice any beginner or above to get this book.
If u need inspiration to use the knots on cool modern projects, like i phone bags, accessory or daily life items , This book is NOT for u :P . Its just show u the knots and its history and how to make it , but if ur looking for more bigger knots and easy way to make it , u Should Buy this book (Chinese Knotting: Creative Designs that are Easy and Fun! [Hardcover]).
Hope u like this book as much as i did and forgive me if u didn't agree with me . Heba from KSA/UK
You can approach the craft as a unique body of knowledge in itself, or as a complement to other techniques. Either way, this warrants at least a little of any crafter's time - or, in the author's case, a lifetime of fascination.
What I liked was that it also included some history about what decorative knotting was used for, and how it was used, throughout the ages in China. It was interesting to find out that most ancient knots were made with silk, and unfortunately hardly any from ancient times had survived, being that silk was so delicate and rotted so easily. It was also interesting to find out that certain knots were exclusive to royalty that only they could wear. I had no idea knotting was used so extensively, or that the art was almost lost completely at one point, saved in the memories of only a few skilled people who (fortunately) were able to pass the skills and information on, and revive the art of knotting.
This book isn't over-wordy or too lengthy, therefore it's not intimidating, nor does it talk down to the reader. It just gets right down to business and is packed cover-to-cover with excellent information and all the instructions one could need to be able to figure it all out with the book alone. I thought perhaps I'd need to get 2-3 books on Chinese knotting to really "get it," but once I got this book first (fortunately), I didn't have a need to buy any other ones on the subject. It covered everything, from remedial to expert level.
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