Chinese Knots for Beaded Jewellery by Suzen Millodot
Search Press 2003 ISBN 9780855329686
Suzen Millodot is an IGKT member, currently living in Israel, and an accomplished arts and crafts practitioner. This glossy, soft cover 80-page book, a slim 206-mm x 204-mm, is lavishly illustrated throughout in colour with over 300 photographs (amplified, where necessary, by additional line drawings) and 17 full-page plates. The contents open with a brief history of knots in general, and Chinese knots in particular, then continue with essential early guidance in the required tools, materials and techniques. Individual knots - which include the button, clover leaf, cross, double coin, double connection, flat, good luck, pan chang, plafond, prosperity, round brocade, snake and virtue knots - are introduced, one at a time, in the form of 16 knotted projects creating original bracelets and necklaces. Lists of ingredients precede step-by-step instruction and expert tips. Suzen’s book demystifies Chinese knotting for beginners; but it will also delight those already adept at this kind of knotting, for she has artfully combined beads of wood, glass, metal and semiprecious stones with leather thongs, braided cotton and thick satin rattail. in a virtuoso display of mix-&-match material selection and colour control. It is not just a how-to manual but also a source of artistic inspiration. The book concludes with a useful index.