* Very little competition
* Beads are popular
* No special equipment required
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.
This book was the first one I bought as a guide for tying knots and it is probably my most used one! It features instructions on how to tie 14 different knots and then 16 projects, mainly necklaces with a couple of bracelets. The instructions to tie the knots and the project using that particular knot all come together so you don't have to keep flicking backwards and forwards from the knot instructions to the project instructions. Each knot shows step by step instructions on how it is tied, either with very clear diagrams or photographically or both. The written instructons are also very clear. As well as the instrcutions provided for the projects there are also a number of other Jewellery items photographed for each type of knot that provides inspiration for attempting your own knotted jewellery projects. At the beginning there is a comprehensive section on different cords, beads, findings, equipment and calculating cord lengths. All of this information helps when you have the confidence to develop your own pieces. It is a really good book, particularly for beginners and one I would definitely recommend.-Laura Williams