International Guild of Knot Tyers

The Book of Ornamental Knots by John Hensel

The Book of Ornamental Knots by John Hensel

Cornell Maritime Press, 1990 (originally 1973) ISBN 9780870334108

Sub-titled “A new form of the macramé art”, this is really an attempt to sell Oriental knot patterns to those who do not know them. Carrick mats and Chinese lanyard (or priest cord) knots are shown in black and white photos, which I found a letdown after the glossy coloured cover. Pinning-out stages are illustrated step by step, accompanied by a concise text. Finally, various practical projects are suggested. This book is not for the accomplished but would suit those with just a passing interest in this particular aspect of handicraft.