Okay, I'll be honest, I ordered two books on furoshiki to compare them before I decided which one I wanted to order for myself, my Mom, my sister and my sister-in-law for Christmas. We're consistently trying be more 'green' and, before I learned about furoshiki, we were sewing cloth bags for presents, wrapping in craft paper that the kids of the family could color on after, wrapping in the funny papers, wrapping in towels or tablecloths or... you get the point.
I compared this book to "Wrapagami: The Art of Fabric Gift Wraps" by Jennifer Playford. I picked these two books to compare based on the current reviews. In comparison:
-Both books have a lot of ideas for wrapping different packages. Aside from wrapping standard packages, this book has more ideas on different types of knots to tie, as well as wrapping cloth around packages to look like animals. ...this wasn't for me. Wrapagami seemed to have more sophisticated wrapping ideas. I could care less about tying a faux rose or to make a wrap look like a goose or puppy. Not my style. But, maybe that's for you?
-Someone mentioned that the images in this book are small and printed in black and white. Yes, they are...my 24-year old eyes were squinting and unhappy. Wrapagami, on the other hand, had larger images printed in color. I also think the directions given in Wrapagami are clearer -- even though they are much more succinct.
-Wrapagami also gave ideas of what to wrap what way, and what type of fabric to use based on the object and the occasion. I consider myself to be a fairly creative person but since I'm just learning furoshiki I like the fact that these ideas are presented -- it might help make learning the craft easier and more enjoyable, as I will be making fewer "beginner blunders." This book did not have those ideas -- or if it did, it wasn't obvious where they were!
Thus, my final conclusion: This book isn't bad by any means, but I think Wrapagami is far superior. Wrapagami has clearer, succinct directions, more modern, sophisticated wrapping designs (which better suits my tastes), and helpful hints that aren't included in this book. It is for that reason that I'm returning this book to Amazon -- I feel like I simply found something better.
Happy shopping! Happy furoshiki!