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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book with a nice suprise inside, 16 Nov 1998
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This review is from: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and beyond (Hardcover)
A most excellent book on braiding. Not only does he have pictures and instructions on each braid, there is a nice suprise for cheapska---I mean people who live frugally. In the equipment section Mr Owen offers three choices: The "proper" equipment (beautiful but rather expensive to build), a cheap version made out of multiple pieces of cardboard, washers and plastic bottles and a really really cheap version made out of a single piece of cardboard. This is nice for people with shallow pockets or if you are just seeing what this braiding stuff is all about. If you don't like it you are only out one piece of cardboard. People with multiple children will be happy too because each child can make their own "braider". Teachers take notice! A class project that includes art, motor skills and recycling old cardboard, washers and little plastic bottles too.
Detailed instructions are included on each design and how to make it on each type of braider.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only own one braiding book, this is the one to have!, 6 April 1998
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This review is from: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and beyond (Hardcover)
Of the three braiding books I own, this one is far and away the best. Owen gives an
interesting synopsis of braiding from around the world, then concentrates on braiding
equipment, technique, and style. This book is suitable for all levels of expertise, with instructions for braids ranging from the most basic to very complex.

The instructions are clear and concise, with plenty of easy to understand diagrams and
great photos. They make it easy for a complete novice to not only start braiding, but
make the necessary equipment as well! For those not interested in making any of the
equipment there is a list of sources for braiding supplies at the end of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best art/craft books I have ever read and used., 14 Dec 1997
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This review is from: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and beyond (Hardcover)
This book is one of the best art/craft books I have ever enjoyed. It includes a history of braiding, together with photographs illustrating different techniques and examples of the craft.
The instructions are clear and complete, and the patterns included range from 4-strand (simple-enough- for-an-8-year-old) to 48-strand (go-and-buy-all- the-Japanese-braiding-tools-before-you-try-this- one!)
Every pattern includes a photograph so you will know what you're trying to create. The pictures are gorgeous too, making this a real coffee table book.
...And I don't have any connection with the publisher!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book makes braidwork accessible., 16 Jun 1998
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This review is from: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and beyond (Hardcover)
Smaller, cheaper books are available which give the basics of Japanese braiding. They make the art seem dry and unattainable unless you devote years to it. But this book explodes the boundaries! Mr. Owen shows the worldwide history of braiding. Then he makes the art easily accessible by offering different types of equipment. The text is clear and straightforward, the photos are inspiring. This book will be a classic in its field. Well worth the price.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great photos, good for beginners, 11 Aug 1999
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This review is from: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru and beyond (Hardcover)
At first I greatly enjoyed this book. It not only gave instructions on how to assemble your own equipment, it also had numerous braid designs with color photos and step by step instructions of how to make each. However, once I fiddled around a bit an got more serious and creative with my samples, I found that some of the more advanced techniques (such as the different ways to finish a braid) were lacking in their description and instruction. But, overall, a great book for beginners.
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