Braiding by Ron Edwards
Over the last year I have looked over some of the recent entries into the collection of books on braiding. Some I find to be excellent, some quite awful. The excellent ones are by Ron Edwards (Ramskull Press). He has several volumes out now, and each deals with a specific aspect, e.g. round braids, flat braids, whipmaking, etc. Directions and illustrations are quite nice - his very warm and personal style makes for easy reading - and he truly makes the effort to share a wealth of knowledge without any of the confusion. He succeeds; there is much in his work for braiders at all levels. If you enjoy braiding and take it seriously, his books will be a rewarding investment. The Internet will allow you to see and choose which of his volumes will work best for you. If on the other hand, you are looking for some of the more awful entries into the braiding literature, contact me and I will advise you on those authors as well.