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Noni Flowers: 40 Exquisite Knitted Flowers [Kindle Edition]

Nora Bellows
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Designer Nora J. Bellows’s extraordinary Noni® bag and flower patterns have earned her acclaim and endeared her to a loyal following of knitters all over the world. Now, in her first book, she offers lifelike knitted flowers that rival the beauty of true botanicals. This is a collection of luscious designs and essential techniques that knitters will turn to again and again. Inside, you’ll find:


   • 40 exceptional knitted and felted flowers, from Angel’s Tears Ddaffodils to ylang ylang
   • 6 beautiful yet practical garment, accessory, and home projects perfect for floral embellishment
   • Clear instructions for knitting, felting, wiring, and finishing your work


Editorial Reviews

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"Both beautiful and botanically accurate,  Bellows's designs would make lovely gifts, and the flowers would also be suitable for wedding bouquets or table arrangements." -- Nanetie Donohue, Library Journal

"Noni Flowers by Nora J. Bellows will brighten your knitting with forty incredibly lifelike flower patterns and six floral-embellished projects." --Interweave Knits

About the Author

A former educator, Nora Bellows began creating one-of-a-kind felted bags and flowers under the brand Noni® in 2001. She began publishing her own patterns a few years later. Noni® patterns are available in yarn stores worldwide, and have been translated into German, Danish, and Swedish. Nora teaches workshops across the country, and her work has appeared in Interweave Felt, Knitting, Knit Today, Let’s Knit, Simply Knitting, and World of Wool (Ver Filzt Und Zuge Naht). Her studio is in Maryland, where she lives with her husband, son, and garden.

Product Details

  • File Size: 21413 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (April 10, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007GZELBG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For years, I've been buying individual Noni bag patterns, just to get the directions for the gorgeous, realistic, decorative felted flowers. And now, at long last, Noni creative designer Nora Bellows has published this fabulous book, NONI FLOWERS, which includes instructions for 40 different Noni flowers. The flower patterns range from Sunflower and Dahlia through Pansy and Orange Blossom; the book also includes six lovely, well-worth-knitting, project patterns (May Violets Fingerless Gloves, Forget-Me-Not Pillow, Sunflower Infinity Wrap, Gossamer Fuchsia Wrap, Cherry Blossom Pauper's Purse, and Creeping Phlox Garden Clutch).

For the technically inclined knitter, NONI FLOWERS has a wonderful two-page illustration of how one flower pattern will look when knit with 12 different yarns and gauges. The tiniest flower, knit with silk yarn on six-0 (.7mm) needles, is 3/8" high; the largest flower, knit with merino top on US 50 needles, is 8-1/4" high. All of the flowers can be knit at any gauge, because the instructions are given in rounds and rows (no charts). The flowers can be felted, or not. Felting will make the knitted stitches more dense, but will not dramatically shrink the flower size.

Another beautiful two-page spread explains the anatomy of a knitted flower, and indicates the various small flower parts by their Latin names (the Latin names are used for the parts in the instructions). There are directions, illustrated with close-up photos, for special techniques, such as knitting with multiple colors in a single round, wiring stems and blossoms, or weaving in ends so that the flowers will not be marred by errant, poking-out ends.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nonis knitted flowers May 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I got Nonis book with flowers just yesterday, I am a late starter, and I love it!
Her designs have been favourites of mine for a long time. She has the eye for this, to combine materials and colours to make the experience of her designs so much more.
In her book Knitted flowers, I especially like that the flowers shown in the book are both just knitted and also felted. This gives the designs another dimention.
The technique pages in the beginning of the book are really instructive. There is even a page showing me the Anatomy of a Knitted Flower. Fantastic! The skill levels varies so that there are flowers for everyone to knit, if you are a beginner or one who have been knitting all your life.
When I slowly turn the pages of the book, I see the pictures first, the flowers in their natural colours. I want to knit them all, now! Then I read the patterns. The instructions are clear and easy to understand.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works of Art May 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is a gorgeous book. It just makes me happy to look at all these lovely flowers. They look natural, almost real. I also crochet and think these are the most realistic ones I've come across, crochet or knitting. They are truly works of art.

The book itself stays open pretty well and is of good quality. It should last a long time, long enough to make all these lovely flowers. The patterns are clear and detailed, ranging in difficulty for all knitter's abilities. The photography shows each type of flower in a natural setting of stems and leaves (along with some other displays). The leaves in these pics are genuine so that does add to the believability. I can just imagine plucking a flower off the stem, making a beautiful brooch, and having someone ask, "Is it real?"

One of my favorite parts of the book is where the author shows scale and how changing yarn and/or needles will greatly change the final product. I had never seen it shown with such impact. I am going to always check my gauge from now on.

There are 6 projects in the book. They are:

May Flowers Fingerless Gloves
Forget-me-not Pillow
Sunflower Infinity Wrap
Gossamer Fuschia Wrap
Cherry Blossom Pauper's Purse
Creeping Phlox Garden Clutch

They are all lovely, but that Fuschia Wrap is so sweet with the fuschias hanging down from the wrap (more like a thin, wide scarf) just like they do in a big potted hanging plant.

So, if you want to make some works of art of your own, then I would definitely recommend buying this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING AND SPECTACULAR! May 10, 2012
By Robin
Format:Paperback
This IS my favorite knitting book and I must have 30 or more! The illustrations are STUNNING!! This alone makes you want to knit each and every flower in this book and place them into the most beautiful crystal vase you have and place it in the center of your home. And every person that walks into your home will open their eyes wide and say "That has got to be the most engaging and unbelivably gorgeous bouquet of flowers I've ever seen!" The book alone should not be put away. It is a lovely conversation piece that should be set on your coffee table amongst a candle or two and enjoyed every day. There are also projects that include the flowers at the end of the book which I plan on knitting each of them. They are all usable and beautiful. There are a couple of handbags, a shawl, a pillow and more. This book is a MUST HAVE for ALL knitters. You will not be disappointed. But you will be if you do not get a copy! Treat yourself to something beautiful!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Book
This book will give me Spring all year long. Ms. Bellows has created a marvelous journey with this book. Read more
Published 15 days ago by S. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by Ruth Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book with excellent instructions.
Published 3 months ago by K. Mallender
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Informative
Published 4 months ago by Sailorgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What fun to think of spring flowers as I knit all winter.
Published 4 months ago by Ann M. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I am glad to have it
This is a lovely book. I have not gotten started on any of the flowers yet but, it is next in line for knitting projects. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carrie Lonnquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Great even for Beginners
Lots of beautiful flowers for knitters everywhere. Many excellent and detailed pictures.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift for a knitter
Gift for a knitter. She says this is a great book. She is a serious knitter. These,are not easy but she says the effort is well worth it. She said the instructions are good. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Greg Burckle
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Attention to Detail
Fabulous photography and the knitting instructions are incredibly detailed and easy to follow. I was thrilled with the level of detail in the daffodil construction.
Published 12 months ago by Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me busy.
How enticing are the flower designs. Some are way more difficult for me but the others do keep me busy.
Published 13 months ago by Lilli Bean
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More About the Author

Designer Nora J. Bellows's extraordinary Noni® bag and flower patterns have earned her acclaim and endeared her to a loyal following of knitters all over the world: Nora began creating one-of-a-kind felted bags and flowers under the Noni® brand in 2001. She began publishing her own pattern collection a few years later. Noni® patterns are available in yarn stores worldwide and have been translated into several languages. Nora teaches workshops across the country, and her work has appeared in Interweave Felt, Knitting, Knit Today, Let's Knit, Simply Knitting, and Ver Filzt und Zuge Naht. Her studio is in Savage, Maryland, where she lives with her husband, son, and garden. Visit the Noni Flowers book website at www.noniflowers.com for more images and information.

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