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Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen, Hardback, 116 pages
Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen, Hardback, 116 pages

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Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen
Hardback, 160 pages

Chinese knotting can be used as

  • decorative knots that have practical and decorative purposes
  • Eleven basic knots, Fourteen complex knots 
  • detailed easy to follow instructions

See thumbnail photo for basic knot
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Age: 6 and up
Language: English
Media: Book
ISBN 10: 0804833990
ISBN 13: 978-0804833998

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Product Code: E0395

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Chinese Knotting by Lydia Chen

Learn to do Chinese knots with simple instructions and photos

Hardback, 116 pages

Knotting, "the joining of two cords", is an old and revered art form in China and an integral part of Chinese life.  Since ancient times, Chinese knots have been used for a variety of practical and decorative purposes:  to record events, aid in fishing and hunting, wrap and tie items, embellish personal attire, ornament other works of art, and communicate.   The intricate knot work and magnificent color combinations not only lent elegance to everyday objects, or a touch of gaiety and enchantment, but were an aesthetic expression of Chinese folk symbolism, expressing wishes for good fortune and wealth or the joys of love and marriage.

In Chinese Knotting, author Lydia Chen first traces the origins, history, and symbolism of this fascinating craft, before taking the reader through the fundamental elements necessary for tying Chinese decorative knots--the materials, implements, and main processes.  Step-by-step instructions are then given for the 11 basic knots, which provide the building blocks for the 14 compound knots--combinations and variations of the simple knots--that follow in the next section.  The final section presents 41 knotting projects of varying difficulty.  Detailed instructions, clear diagrams, and color photographs, combined with and exciting assortment of creative applications will help readers discover the relaxation, artistic satisfaction, and beautiful personalized ornamentation that Chinese knotting can offer.

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 1 Write a review.

  3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Excellent book for basics October 7, 2008
Reviewer: JR from Monrovia CA  
We all have to start somewhere and this book is a good place to start.  The directions are very clear and easy to follow.  I expect to use this book as I become more proficient in the craft.  The book not only covers the basics but introduces and explains "compound knots" which build on the basic knots.

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