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Wow! This is a fun and fantastic book with a pincushion for everyones taste. This is a very detailed book. It starts off explaining all the materials & equipment you will need. You then have instructions on the crochet symbols & abbreviations that are used. You then have notes on the knitting & crochet techniques. The book then explains joining & stuffing as well as a guide to the embroidery that is used within the projects. From there the book then leads into the pick a pincushion section. This section has amazing pictures of each of the 50 pincushions. You can see the pincushions in more detail in this section. It also gives you fantastic ideas of how the colours will look. There is a fantastic mix of knit & crochet designs as well as different themes and colour mixes. The patterns are really easy to follow and the instructions are really clear. The crochet patterns include written and charts. Each design includes the skill levels required for that design. Nothing hasn't been thought of in the book & I give it 5 out of 5.-Crochet Addict UK Pincushions are loads of fun to knit - there are so many designs to try, and they're so quick to create. They make great gifts for fellow crafters as well. Cat's collection features pincushions in all shapes and sizes, for all skill levels. As you can imagine, with 50 different patterns you'll find projects in every style imaginable - everything from a contemporary cabled design using super chunky yarn to a perfect pear, a mounted bear's head and a traditional pincushion featuring delicate flowers. Some of the more complicated patterns use charts, and there are full, easy-to-follow instructions for assembling your knitted pincushion.-Knit Today Ah, the humble pincushion. So important, yet available in so many different guises. In this fantastic book by Cat Thomas, you can choose from 50 different designs! Yes, 50! The photographs in here are so clear that I fear one could be put off by not managing to make a pincushion as exact as the glorious picture shows, but this is a trivial thing, no? I do like the fact that the book shows all 50 designs first, in all their glory, before showing you how to make them. As with all of the Search Press books I've come across, the illustrations and instructions are both clear and concise for users of all abilities. All crafters need a pincushion or two, at least and what better way to use up all those scrap bits of wool that are left-over from other projects and are too small to be off use for anything of great quantity. I can see me making many of these for myself and then gifting a few more too. My biggest dilemma is, with 50 designs to choose from, which one to tackle first!- http://craftingnotcleaning.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/50-pincushions-to-knit-crochet.html According to Cat Thomas, the best way to learn new skills is not with tester squares, but a fun piece which can be made and finished quickly. And with the 50 designs in her latest book, you won't be short of something to choose from! Who needs plain, simple pincushions when you can knit one shaped like a cactus, a plate of sushi, or a cat? And at such small sizes, they will also make ideal last-minute gifts, or party favours. With delightful photography and bags of personality, this quirky book is simply bursting with ideas.-Let's Knit Everyone needs a pincushion, and this book offers all the excuses you need to get really playful with your knitting and crochet, with 50 fun ideas for keeping your pins safe. Each cushion is so speedy to complete that they're an ideal way to try out new techniques, with introductions to knitting, crochet and embroidery ensuring you'll never feel out of your depth. The tricky part is choosing which to make first.-The Knitter From ladybirds to lions, cacti to cupcakes, this book is crammed with cute, practical ways to keep your sharps safe. Textile artist Cat Thomas has turned her eye to covering all your mini storage needs with colourful options that would be sweet gifts for crafty friends. There's enough variety to please all tastes, and the small size of the projects means most can be completed fast. Clever constructions give the makes as much appeal as the results and interesting techniques are all accompanied by clear instructions, with charts where required. We love the funky 60s-inspired Unstuck sliding circles, and the cunning twist of the Buttoned Down Granny. - #Crochet Cat Thomas has compiled wonderfully varied collection of pincushions to both knit and crochet in this packed compendium of designs. From a sweet beehive to hide your tape measure in, to a pretty hanging juicy knitted pear there's no reason not to celebrate with a new pincushion! Clearly written instructions, easy-to-follow patterns and beautiful pictures make this an essential book for the crocheter's shelf. - Love Crochet --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

CAT THOMAS is a trained textile artist who taught art and design for most of her career. She now produces her own designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy and shares her crafting experiences on her blog. She lives in the UK.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250042739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250042736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.4 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #869,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shantimar on March 9, 2014
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This book is gorgeous! Out of 50 designs there were like, hmmm, five I didn't like. You really have a problem with the choice there!
I am still not convinced that knitted and crocheted pincushions are a good idea, versus fabric ones - I think the pins and needles would get caught in the yarn, and the different colours make the pins difficult to see.
BUT
This book is a treasure nevertheless.
- First of all it has a big selection of beautiful motifs (in lovely colour combinations), very easily turned into potholders, washcloths, totes, regular cushions, throws or bedcovers.
- For amigurumi lovers it has a delicious cupcake, a bee, a pear, a sushi plate, an acorn (definitely unsuitable as a pincushion), a cactus and a ladybug.
- it is like an encyclopaedia of stitches and techniques:crochet, knitting, embroidery, sewing, joining, increases and decreases, how to make a perfect sphere, beaded knitting, fair Isle, knitted pleats, filet crochet, doily, you name it, it's there, clearly and concisely explained.
Therefore the book is not just pretty but much more useful than it would seem from the title and description. You may wish to make a pincushion to learn a particular technique, and then take it to a bigger project of your own. I've already bookmarked the hexagon from the Parterre Garden for a throw (afghan for you Americans).
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50 Pincushions to Knit and Crochet: Stash Your Sharps in Something Cute and Handmade offers a nice variety of beautiful pincushions for knitters and crocheters to whip up. The instructions are clear, the photos are vivid and I was inspired by a few of these fun patterns.

This book includes the usual sections all good pattern books do; information on materials, equipment, symbols, abbreviations, an embroidery guide as well as information on both knitting and crocheting stitches.
Designer Cat Thomas says she has childhood memories of making pincushions and gathering her moms pins. She has created some very pretty and creative patterns for this collection.

I decided to crochet the Flower Mandala pincushion. The pattern was easy to follow and I made it easily and quickly. With a nice variety of patterns, I think 50 Pincushions to Knit and Crochet makes a nice addition for any knitters and crocheters pattern stash.

disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Special thanks to St. Martins Press for my review copy.
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Oh my goodness, this book is great. I'm going to give it to my sister since she likes to knit and crochet. The different designs for the pincushions are so cute and the pictures to show you what they're supposed to look like are fantastic. I read it, well, I looked through it since I don't understand all the different instructions on how to make these delightful looking pincushions since I've never knit or crocheted anything in my life. I might have knit a line or something, but that's about it. I don't understand the symbols well but that's because I don't know how to knit. BUT my sister does and I'm sure she'll have no trouble understanding how to read this. The pictures, symbols and legend help vastly. The photos are bright and well photographed. The colors stand out, the designs are adorable and it will make a great gift. I would give this to anyone who liked to crochet or knit for a hobby.
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I love the author's idea that "skills are best developed though fun pieces rather than by tester squares." This book provides a LOT of opportunity to develop those skills. I don't crochet myself (yet), but I can see a lot of things here that I'd like to learn. A little more than half of the patterns are crochet, so I'd recommend this book for crafters who have (or want to develop) both sets of skills.
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This is a beautiful book in that the photography is superb and the way it is laid out makes one want to get out the scrap basket of yarn and get started. i shall refer to it repeatedly without a doubt. It arrived well packaged and in a timely manner and yes I would absolutely recommend it to my sewing friends. Dixie Stringer
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It is a very satisfying book. Creative clever beautiful craftsy sophisticated
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