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Decorative Fusion Knots: A Step-by-Step Illustrated Guide to New and Unusual Ornamental Knots Paperback – January 1, 2011
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Two things I really liked about this book:
1) The author starts each chapter with the basic knot that he used for his "jumping off" point throughout the rest of the chapter. So once you understand the Box Knot (page 20) you are then well on your way to learning the other 6 knots that vary from it. The same with each chapter.
2) The author covers a lot of ground. Here are the chapter titles:
Flipping the Double Coin
Opening the Box
Weaving & Tucking Bights
Strange Twists & Turns
Deconstructing the Trinity
Popular Paracord Ties
Petals of the Flower
Rolling Out the Barrels
Other Asian Inspirations
Knots for Lovers
Short & Long Sinnets
JD Lenzen teaches 60 knots that come out of these chapters. That's a lot of knots!
I do have one small quibble, but it may be unimportant to many who purchase this book. As neat as many of the knots are in this book, I would loved to have seen Lenzen demonstrate a way to USE the knots, whether in jewelry, display pieces, etc. As neat as his Triskelion Knot is, I have no idea where it would ever be used or for what. I would love to have seen, at the end of each chapter, a page of each knot actually used within a project somehow. Again, if you are merely interested in knowing fancy knots, then this aside has little importance in your decision to buy this book.
Finally, I am VERY happy with my purchase of this book, and would not hesitate to recommend it to everyone I know.
Many of the steps include, I kid you not, instructions reading only as "over, under, under, over, over, and under" showing a white rope throughout. The steps would be simpler if JD had bothered to do a little photoshop and add directional, colored arrows to the rope.
I bought this to have in my library and teach my apprentices but it's completely useless for a novice. Now I just demonstrate myself and give them the youtube links to practice at home.
Also note that you have to have medium-gauge stiff silk rope for most of these knots to work. In other words, for most, you need shibari rope. Don;t even try it with large guage or nylon/cotton rope.
Save your money and watch youtube videos which are much, much easier to understand. This book is only worth it to have on your shelf to impress people who don;t know any better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this book! It is full of pictures detailing each knot. I would definitely recommend
to anyone who wants to start knot tying.
Good read. Easy to follow. Recommended to anyone interested in fancy knot work.Published 3 months ago by Billy Scott
Love this book. It sleeps in the bed with me. Great photos.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer