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This is a beautiful book, full of extremely useful information for both the beginner and improver of macrame art. It has been really well considered and written with a love for her art: general advice, directory of 'how to' with the knots, and some beautiful patterns. If you want to do macrame buy this book. I will treasure it on my bookcase and workbench.
Although this book contains some lovely patterns I would not recommend it for complete beginners. Some of the instructions can be a bit tricky to follow in comparison to other macrame books. I bought 2 different macrame books in order to learn and found myself referring to the other one for instructions (Macrame for beginners by Amy Mullins,) and this one for patterns. That being said, I would highly recommend it if you have some knowledge of the basic knots or another book to refer to also. The patterns are lovely and generally use cheaper cord (because it is thinner, most call for around 3mm thick) in comparison to my other book which uses 5mm. It can become an expensive hobby so this does make a big difference.
I bought this to renew my 1970's macramé skills and get some new patterns. The knots are clearly described with diagrams and the patterns easy to follow. The finished projects look really good when completed. My neighbour's 12 year old daughter was interested in learning this craft so I loaned her the book , showed her the basic knots ( socially distanced and with masks). She picked it up straightaway and has made some lovely Christmas gifts for family. I would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting a good book to either start out with this craft or update skills.
I found this book really hit and miss. I was a complete beginner to macrame and found it easier to learn the basic knots on YouTube as it’s quite hard to demonstrate that in an illustration, so I bought the book mostly for the patterns. Some projects I found easy to follow (like the Indra) whereas in others, she starts with detailed instructions and then just gets spectacularly vague. For example, for the Vera it actually says ‘finish off the diamonds’. For such a large and detailed pattern I needed guidance on how many clove hitches to do etc - I ended up guessing.
It also assumes you know how to do certain things that aren’t explained. For example, the Aurora dream catcher starts by tying larks head knots around the circle - but it says nowhere how to do this. The cord length for the circle was also completely wrong and I ran out and had to restart it. It also starts by telling you how many clove hitches to do in each row and then stops, simply telling you to ‘do 2 more rows’ without mention of how many clove hitches. This lack of detail has a knock on effect to the whole pattern later on if you do it a bit wrong.
For the wall hanging on the cover, it ends by telling you to do overhand knots using just five working cords. It took me about half an hour of frustration of trying to work out how to do that as it’s not explained anywhere.
It’s such a shame certain patterns are vague and assuming because the finished products do look nice (once I’ve had to do a bit of guesswork!)
The instructional images are monochrome - how does that make sense?! There isn't enough detail on how much cord needs to be cut for each project. Instructions on some knots make zero sense! Also, I'm sick of macrame plant holders - that's the majority of this book, yet there are so many more things you can make with macrame!
I am a comete beginner, but so far I have made a tree of life and a pot hanger. I did find it difficult to get the hang of doing certain knots, but now I can do them without having to look at the book to know what is what. I'd recommend this book, but have patience with yourself if a complete beginner, as it may take a little longer than you expect.
It could just be me but I was disappointed in this book. I had done a lot of macramé years ago and just wanted a refresher type of book with some interesting patterns but sadly this wasn't the book for me. I'm not putting myself forward as an expect but neither am I a beginner - I didn't find the instructions easy to follow so I definitely wouldn't recommend it to a beginner.
This a beautiful book, full of great project ideas and jam packed with clear and easy to follow diagrams and explanations for both knots and patterns. Really pleased with this purchase and can't wait to get making! Would definitely recommend for anyone who is looking to take their macrame skills to the next level.