Top critical review
not for beginners, nor varied enough
on March 18, 2014
after all the praises on the site, I expected more...
I already had mary wood's book and this one doesn't even come near it.
there are only 10 projects, all complex (based on 5, 10 or dual division) and nowhere as varied as the ones in mary wood's book.
there are only black and white pictures for each project, and a few plates of colored pictures with many examples at the beginning of the book. flipping backwards and forwards between pages to get an idea of how the mari should really look is not useful nor attractive.
the explanations are minute - every little step over-explained - but not clear, nor intuitive. and there are no pictures, only partial diagrams, that is: you have a drawing of a part of the mari and you have to imagine if that is anything like what you have in your hand. a picture of the whole mari, at each the stage you're on would have been more informative.
the most disappointing matter is that there are only embroidery techniques and no wrapping ones.
the 3 good points are:
1 - there are explanations for the rare "clouds" embroidery
2 - there are explanations for how to turn the maris into earrings, pendants and even brooches
3 - there are ideas for additional shapes: hearts, disks, stars, diamonds and more