Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Lark Books (June 30, 2001)
Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.6 x 0.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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What kind of wreath do you want to make?Oh, you want to make a square wreath? Oh, you want to make three wreaths entwined together?What! you want to make a vine wreath with each vine a different color?No problem. How to make these wreaths and 197 more are in this book. The Complete Book of Wreaths is really a compendium of the wreaths of many different wreath makers. Most of these wreath makers have had other books published. It is great to find all of their talents pooled in this one work.The first 40 pages of this book are devoted to wreath making basics. These are concise instructions on how choose or even make your own wreath base as well as basic points for choosing materials to complement your wreath, like seed pods and ribbons.The next 180 pages are a wreath a page in full color with descriptions for each one that explain what is in the wreath and how to create one like it.The last section is on Novel wreaths like all feathers and potatoes and moss???? And, you won't want to miss Terry Taylor's wreath of broken cups and cup handles.This book only has wreaths, just wreaths and it is wonderful.
I would not buy this book if I were you. Here's why:Reason # 1: It's very outdated. The copyright is 2001 but the copyrights for the materials and ideas comes from books that have copyrights from 1988-1995. This book is a compilation of other outdated books. There is not one idea from after 1995.Reason #2: The wreaths are very unattactive (like one that is made out of potatoes, seriously, potatoes???? or the one made out of garlic cloves !!!) I don't think that I would make even 1 wreath out of the 200 ugly designs.Reason # 3: There are no step-by-step directions. Each page has 1 picture of the finished wreath with a few sentences on what to do. There is no material list provided for the wreath you are trying to make. If I wanted to just eyeball it and make a wreath from something that I see, then I would go to a craft store, where they have hundreds of premade (and expensive) wreaths to look at. But I bought a book for ideas and instructions which are not provided in this book.I hoped that I have helped you make an informed choice on whether or not to buy this book. I don't know what the other reviewers were thinking. I would keep looking if I were you.
I bought this book to see if I would be able to make some wreaths for my home. Having never done it before, it is very encouraging to see the instructions photographed and clearly written in this book. The wreaths are absolutely gorgeous and detailed, and I loved seeing the different types. Being a beginner, I also appreciated the listings of all the flowers and supplies needed for each wreath, which are included in the descriptions so I don't have to guess at how much I need of anything. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to make a beautiful wreath, even for the first time.
The book was used but in like new condition. The book had lots of wreaths; but seemed they were all older styles and not very vibrant. I would have thought it would have more up to date styles but was still a good book for the price and for anyone that wanted older styles.
No instructions or explanations on how to make these wreaths.
I like this book; however, some of the ideas are kind of weird and not easy to create. The basics are very good and helpful. I enjoy making wreaths and I hope to eventually start a business making wreaths, decorating baskets and creating other handmade home decor, so this is just one of the many books I hope to purchase to help me get started.
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