Publishers Weekly June 2023
"Macramé artist Strambio (Macramé Jewellery) shows how to create winter holiday decorations in this appealing manual. Step-by-step instructions detail how to make overhand, reversed lark’s head, and half square knots, and she outlines the pros and cons of various materials, noting that single-twist string unravels easily and that novices would be better off with more durable braided string. The boho-chic projects include a Christmas tree wall hanging made from chunky double half hitch knots, a bauble adorned with gold string and tassels, and a simple stocking made up of square knots. Elsewhere, Strambio explains how to assemble green and white napkin rings, tree ornaments resembling candy canes and snowflakes, and a basket covering with a protruding knotted “red nose.” Crafters of all levels will appreciate the helpful advice on hiding string ends (she recommends taping the tips, weaving them through the backside of a knot, and trimming the excess) and working with long strings (to avoid tangling, she suggests folding strings over themselves several times and securing them with rubber bands), but the skimpy photo illustrations might leave novices struggling to follow the instructions for the more advanced pieces. Still, this will help crafters get in the holiday spirit."
Library Journal July 2023
"Self-taught macramé and natural-dye artist Strambio’s (Macramé for the Modern Home) book provides valuable tips and project plans for crafters of all skill levels. The book starts with a table of contents that notes the level of difficulty readers can expect with each project. The further readers go into the book, the more they’ll learn about various knotting techniques and supplies. Each Christmas-themed project—snowflakes, ornaments, and more—includes step-by-step instructions and a key that informs readers of the knots they’ll use, the estimated time it will take to complete the project, the required materials, and the finished size of the craft. There are also plenty of clear photographs". VERDICT Crafters interested in adding macramé touches to their homemade Christmas decor will likely enjoy this book. This is a strong selection for libraries with well-circulating holiday craft collections.