String Figure Magazine Masthead

Edited and illustrated by - Mark A. Sherman, Pasadena, California, and Joseph D'Antoni, Queens, New York.

String Figure Magazine (ISSN 1087-1527), published quarterly, is dedicated to the memory of Caroline Furness Jayne (1873-1909), author of the first book on string figures. Over the years, Jayne's lavishly illustrated book (String Figures and How to Make Them) has introduced thousands to the fascinating world of string figures.

Like Jayne's classic volume, String Figure Magazine is meant for the beginner. Each issue features dozens of annotated illustrations that allow even the most difficult string figure to be made with ease.

String Figure Magazine also addresses the experienced enthusiast by providing fully revised instructions for string figures whose original descriptions are hard to follow. Translations of instructions first published in languages other than English are also featured, as well as elaborate new designs invented by our readers.

To view the string figures featured in each issue, click on the links below. To learn how to make the figures you will need to purchase the magazine.


Print edition (1996-2005)

      

Illustrations = black-and-white photos with strings labeled
Table of Contents - Volume 1, number 1 (March 1996)
Table of Contents - Volume 1, number 2 (June 1996)

Illustrations = black-and-white line drawings with strings labeled
Table of Contents - Volume 1, number 3 (September 1996)
Table of Contents - Volume 1, number 4 (December 1996)
Table of Contents - Volume 2, number 1 (March 1997)
Table of Contents - Volume 2, number 2 (June 1997)
Table of Contents - Volume 2, number 3 (September 1997)
Table of Contents - Volume 2, number 4 (December 1997)
Table of Contents - Volume 3, number 1 (March 1998)
Table of Contents - Volume 3, number 2 (June 1998)
Table of Contents - Volume 3, number 3 (September 1998)
Table of Contents - Volume 3, number 4 (December 1998)
Note: The book Fascinating String Figures (1999), available from Dover Publications, is an anthology of 23 string figures selected from the 10 issues listed above.

Illustrations = black-and-white line drawings with arrows showing finger-paths
Table of Contents - Volume 4, number 1 (March 1999)
Table of Contents - Volume 4, number 2 (June 1999)
Table of Contents - Volume 4, number 3 (September 1999)
Table of Contents - Volume 4, number 4 (December 1999)
Table of Contents - Volume 5, number 1 (March 2000)
Table of Contents - Volume 5, number 2 (June 2000)
Table of Contents - Volume 5, number 3 (September 2000)
Table of Contents - Volume 5, number 4 (December 2000)
Table of Contents - Volume 6, number 1 (March 2001)
Table of Contents - Volume 6, number 2 (June 2001)
Table of Contents - Volume 6, number 3 (September 2001)
Table of Contents - Volume 6, number 4 (December 2001)
Table of Contents - Volume 7, number 1 (March 2002)
Table of Contents - Volume 7, number 2 (June 2002)
Table of Contents - Volume 7, number 3 (September 2002)
Table of Contents - Volume 7, number 4 (December 2002)
Table of Contents - Volume 8, number 1 (March 2003)
Table of Contents - Volume 8, number 2 (June 2003)
Table of Contents - Volume 8, number 3 (September 2003)
Table of Contents - Volume 8, number 4 (December 2003)
Table of Contents - Volume 9, number 1 (March 2004)
Table of Contents - Volume 9, number 2 (June 2004)
Table of Contents - Volume 9, number 3 (September 2004)
Table of Contents - Volume 9, number 4 (December 2004)
Table of Contents - Volume 10, number 1 (March 2005)
Table of Contents - Volume 10, number 2 (June 2005)
Table of Contents - Volume 10, number 3 (September 2005)
Table of Contents - Volume 10, number 4 (December 2005)

Color online edition (2006-2007)

      

Illustrations = color photographs with arrows showing finger-paths
Table of Contents - Volume 11, number 1 (March 2006)
Table of Contents - Volume 11, number 2 (June 2006)
Table of Contents - Volume 11, number 3 (September 2006)
Table of Contents - Volume 11, number 4 (December 2006)
Table of Contents - Volume 12, number 1 (March 2007)
Table of Contents - Volume 12, number 2 (June 2007)
Table of Contents - Volume 12, number 3 (September 2007)
Table of Contents - Volume 12, number 4 (December 2007)


Pricing Information

Printed hard copies were mailed to ISFA members from 1996-2005. All back issues are still in print and sell for $3.50 each. The price includes media mail postage within the US. For shipping costs outside the US please inquire. We currently accept personal checks (US banks only), money orders (domestic and international), and credit cards via PayPal (use the link on each "Table of Contents" page to add items to your PayPal shopping cart).

If paying by check or money order please send your order and payment to ISFA, P.O. Box 5134, Pasadena, California, 91117, USA.

To download an excerpt in pdf format, click here.

Beginning with the March 2006 issue, String Figure Magazine became a full-color online publication (we no longer printed hard copies). As of 2012 the online version is free, but can only be viewed by registered ISFA members. To become a member and receive a username and password, please complete our online application form.

We discontinued String Figure Magazine in December 2007. In its place we now offer String Figure of the Month, a series of video clips accompanied by written instructions.


Last updated April 7, 2012
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