The retro chic of the 1970s has once again made macramé hemp jewelry popular. But far from looking dated, the designs in this book offer a fresh take on a traditional craft, giving new life to an old fiber art with a few dozen easy projects. With simple knotting, braiding, and cord-weaving techniques; several yards of hemp cord; and some interesting beads, you can create necklaces, bracelets, earrings, eyeglass chains, and other accessories. Straightforward directions, helpful diagrams, and color photos of all the finished pieces offer such choices as the Ocean Waves Choker, Millefiori Twist Necklace, Touch of Nature Anklet, Cat Toy Watch Holder (a wonderfully dangly necklace that sports a watch for a pendant), African Amulet, or Carnival Ride key ring. The items also make nice gifts, especially for retro-captivated but hard-to-shop-for teenagers. --Amy Handy
“Directions, all shown in color, are clear and simple, and the knotting pattern is shown in a schematic diagram. ...There are styles here to please all ages and tastes. A wide variety of closure options are also shown. I particularly like several of the lacy necklaces, the watch strap, and the amulet pouch.”—Bead & Button. “All ages will enjoy the projects, teens to those of us who remember macrame from many years ago.”—Quick & Easy Crafts.
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