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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles Publishers (Oct. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071531453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715314531
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Caroline Birkett trained as a textile designer and after gaining a postgraduate diploma spent several years designing luxury knitwear collections. A love of books led her to turn her talents to designing and writing craft projects, contributing to a wide variety of books and magazines. She has also designed new products with a large ribbon manufacturer. Her first book was on embroidery, giving a contemporary twist to cross stitch. Now she has brought her flair for combining colours, patterns and textures to the medium of paper. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The giving of gifts is at the heart of almost every type of celebration and gift wrapping has become an important part of this long established tradition. Read the first page
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Craven on 7 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
The giving of gifts is at the heart of almost every type of celebration, Caroline Birkett tells us in the introduction to this wonderful book. A magnitude of glorious ideas floods the pages of this delightful offering, which is easy on the eye from beginning to end.
Themes such as "Natural Wrapping" encourage the reader to focus on the usage of textured surfaces, hand-made papers and corrugated card, whilst presenting the reader with photographs of raffia-tied gifts and small wooden ladybirds incorporated into gift-tag designs. The author then moves on to "Romantic Wrapping," discussing pearly finishes, Japanese lace papers, shimmering crystal drops, beads and diamante costume jewellery. Sounds confusing - even ridiculous, but the effect of such materials is stunning, depicted beautifully in the accompanying photograph. Further themes discussed are "Fun Wrapping" (polka-dots, fake flowers and glossy surfaces for the children in your life), "Hi-Tech Wrapping" (metallic surfaces, holographic ribbons and structured ribbon bows) and "Christmas Wrapping" (rich, traditional colours and sumptuous velvet, taffeta and Tartan). If you really want to know how the professionals do it, this is the book for you.
The author then proceeds to further enhance our knowledge of box-concealed gifts - or more specifically, the correct way in which to wrap them. One particular design that caught my eye was a gift first wrapped in pink tissue paper, then covered with silver wrapping paper that had a repeated pattern of heart-shaped holes punched into it - thus allowing pink heart shapes to show through. It was then perfectly finished off with a shimmering organza ribbon. There is a whole section, in fact, devoted to the design, structure and making of gift bags and boxes.
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A little too commonplace. If you are looking for a booking with imaginative, sharp, intricate, capturing techniques, then do not buy this book. It covers the somewhat basic, such as how to cover a cardboard box. Some suggestions (wedding wrapping laces) are a bit dated and, again, not greatly imaginative. Perhaps a good place to start. But that's about it.
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By janzi on 27 Jan. 2015
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Yes it's good, but maybe I expected more from the book, but I purchased it
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Too primitive 1 Oct. 2004
By Jelena V.P. - Published on
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I was quite disappointed with this book. Included patterns and templates were, well, great if you are in a 5th grade. Some designs were simply tasteless (wrapping a gift in a bubble-wrap - oh please!). I was also expecting to see more techniques for making bows and gift accessories, but there were mostly instructions on how to make boxes and some hideous fabric bags. And does anyone really need 10 introductory pages and 2 pages about the types of ribbons in a 100-page book?

Don't expect to impress anyone except your Mom and Grandma, who will like almost anything you do anyway.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I'm actually looking forward to next Christmas! 1 Jan. 2004
By Amanda Richards - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has some of the best gift wrapping tips and ideas I've ever seen.
This Christmas, I was getting bored wrapping gifts the same old way, so I began surfing for some ideas to spice it up a little. This book did not disappoint. It has ideas for all skill levels, and uses materials that are widely available. It also has great wrapping ideas for gifts with unusual shapes and sizes.
It comes complete with simple instructions, step by step photographs and diagrams, and even has all the templates you need to get started.
From now on, all gifts will be spectacular, inside and out.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good templates, but thin book for the price 29 April 2008
By ReadNReVu - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has clear instructions and decent templates, but relies too much on rather expensive metallic papers/plastics and bubble wrap that you can't recycle.

Gift wrapping doesn't have to break the bank, or be more expensive than the gift itself.

Borrow from your library first, before buying.
Did not deliver the content promised. 16 Feb. 2015
By Robert G. Thomas - Published on
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The service from the bookseller was fine. Unfortunately the content description was far more than the book delivered. There were no new ideas and the ideas presented were trivial. Certainly not worth the price. The bookseller made a point of saying that she was not responsible for content just the service of providing the book.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The solution to a problem 9 Oct. 2005
By John Madden - Published on
Format: Paperback
A wonderful, wonderful book. We want to make chocolate boxes and they must be inexpensive, quick and easy to make. This book is perfect - clear instructions, lots of templates. We love it.
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