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The New Macrame: Contemporary Knotted Jewelry and Accessories Paperback – June 30, 2001

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The 1960s hippies have returned, adapting their wares to the millennium. Last year's fashions with beribboned jeans and Indian inspirations presaged the re-emergence of macrame, as documented in DuMont's book. Here, 15 artists from the U.S. and Australia contribute to the making of knots for the twenty-first century, using new materials with old techniques to create eminently practical and stylish objects. The author begins with a historical overview, pointing out the craft's origins in thirteenth-century Turkey and its popularity among Victorian England households. With an emphasis on macrame's simplicity, she then turns to explaining basic knots (and their variations) in illustrations, color photographs, and words. At least half of the nearly 30 projects, with comprehensive directions, ensure that rank novices won't get tied up. Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579902278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579902278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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By QuinnCreative VINE VOICE on December 31, 2001
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When a book is called "The New Macrame," a reader has a right to expect either entirely different knotting techniques or totally different projects. What is new about this book is that it contains many more color pictures than previous macrame books. It also has several updated looks in jewelry--for example, there is a "Y" necklace style, a ring and earrings made of wire instead of hemp, and an aroma therapy bottle necklace.
However, if I squinted a little, that aromatherapy bottle cover could have been a plant hanger of the 1960s. And the "Y" necklace still has it's roots in the 1960s hairy hemp and big ol' E beads. And that's my main objection to the book. It's not really new.
The square knot, half knot, lark's head, and half hitch aren't new. Using wire is new, but one ring and one set of earrings doesn't qualify the book as "new." Showing the old knots with new materials--Conso, Stringth, or colored art wire would have given the reader a useful comparison. But that isn't in the book.
The descriptions are shown, both with a line drawing and a photograph, and for the person with experience, that's enough. But for someone new to macrame, each knot diagram could have had one more stage, half way through, shown. This book makes the mistake many user's manuals make--the writers don't pay attention to the needs of the audience. If it's a book for beginners, more steps are needed. If it's a book for advanced knot-tiers, give us advanced projects.
The titles of the projects are also off-putting. Who wants to make a "Yuppie Puppy Leash and Collar"? And why would you call an earring pattern "Take Two Earrings and Call Me in The Morning"? or a belt a "Fringe Benefit Belt"?
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The photos are the finest I have seen in many of the macreme books. The instructions are left open, permitting you to add your own personal touch, which at times can be difficult if you are used to concrete step-by-step instructions. I would however suggest that if you are a beginner you should start with a more basic book such as Hemp Masters. The New Macreme is a book for intermidiate and advanced, due to its very open ended intructions and the materials used. But all in all it is great book to further yourself, and try new ideas and help expand on old ones.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this book to be severly lacking in good instructions and illustrations. I began the Rainbow Card Caddy project but I could not make my project look like the one in the book based on the instructions given. The book has illustrations of the knots but they are not enough to complete the project as written.
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I liked all the color photographs for ideas, but I agree with the other reader that when I went to try a project, I had a hard time understanding the knotting directions...could have used more pictures/instructions in the "how to knot" section. If you already know the basic knots, this might be a good "idea" book.
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When I read "new" macrame in the title of this book, I thought it would be a truly modern approach to an art that never seemed to shed its homely 1970s post-hippie reputation. While we are thankfully spared the driftwood anchored owl tapestries of 40 years ago, the projects contained here don't exactly bring macrame into modern times. Instead, many of the jewelry projects look like products one would find at a bad craft fair in the early 90s -- purple heart pins, chokers and an amulet bag are among the offerings. I was further disappointed to find only a small portion of the book devoted to instructions for different types of knots.

Clearly, this medium needs a modern muse to reposition macrame for the future. Until then, this art form will continue to represent the worst of 1970s culture.
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This is a great book. It has good photos and diagrams and is well-organized. What really blew me away was the "gallery" section with photos of finished item by macrame artists. I found them truly inspiting. I just wish there had been a short narrative about how they were created.
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This publication contains a few macramé designs that can be worn today. Book has a good knots 101 guide in the front of the book, but doesn't have many detailed, how-to images for each project. Since the book is over 15 yrs old, probably better to borrow from the library instead of purchasing.
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Contrary to a some of the reviews I really like this book. I'm comparing this book to 4 other macrame books I have and one of those is much newer (more recently written) than this book. I think there are plenty of knots covered in the "knot instruction" section. It may be too difficult for beginners, I'm not sure. I'm not a macrame expert, but I have dabbled with the craft (art) off and on for years. I think there are many more "modern" projects in this book than in my newest book which, again, was recently written and there are projects I'm willing to use time and material on. For the price, I think it's a book well worth having in my library of craft books.
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