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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088589
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Uncommon Crochet is a crochet book like no other--mixing an array of fibers like natural yarns, leather, twine, and wire to create modern elegant pieces for you and your home. You'll want to make each and every project in this book!" --Natalie Zee Drieu, senior editor of Craft magazine

"Uncommon Crochet is the ultimate resource for fiber crafters who enjoy a challenge. Julie Armstrong Holetz brings her unique design principles to life, encouraging the reader to experiment with unusual materials and techniques to create functional, fabulous pieces that are as useful as they are beautiful." --Shannon Okey, author of the Knitgrrl series, Spin to Knit, Felt Frenzy, and Alt Fiber
 
"In Uncommon Crochet, Julie Armstrong Holetz takes the simplest crochet to new heights with a totally contemporary approach. She walks the reader through every step with clear instructions, beautiful photographs, and page upon page of inspiration. Her graceful navigation of structure, beauty, and technique is sure to spark every crocheter's imagination." --Kim P. Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet magazine and author of Get Hooked
 
"In Uncommon Crochet, Julie Armstrong Holetz combines technical savvy with design innovation to show crocheters how to work new techniques with unusual materials. Her brilliant bags, baskets, and containers of all sorts are as fun to make as they are to use and display." --Amy O'neill Houck, crochet designer and author of The Color Book of Felted Crochet

From the Publisher

* Combines today's trends in craft work with traditional crochet techniques.
* Three-part organization--create, design, embellish--presents increasing skill levels and varying aesthetics for original and customized projects.

More About the Author

Julie Armstrong Holetz is a writer, editor, and pattern designer. Julie's most recent book, Uncommon Crochet (Ten Speed Press, 2008) encouraged stitchers of all experience levels to explore natural fibers and alternative techniques in order to create, design, and experiment with crochet. With Crochet Away! (Price Stern Sloan, 2006), Julie shared her passion for crochet with younger readers. Most recently, Julie was proud to commission patterns and articles for the Britain's only premier crochet publication Inside Crochet Magazine.

Julie has designed patterns for several popular books and magazines. Her crochet designs have been published in Stitch N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker, Alt Fiber, Crochet Me, and Get Hooked as well as Inside Crochet and Crochet Me Magazine.

Julie was also a featured guest on multiple episodes of the DIY Network's Uncommon Threads where she had the chance to demonstrate her interest in crochet with unusual materials and organic shapes.

When the children allow some free time, Julie is a freelance technical editor working for prominent craft book publishers and magazines like Interweave Crochet, Knitscene, Potter Craft, and Interweave Press.

Julie lives and plays on the Eastside of Seattle with her husband and two children.

Website: Skamama Designs

Email: jholetz@tensionmagazine.com

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The pictures are so helpful and it really is easy to follow along.
TerryN
If you are a creative crocheter get this book to get ideas and learn from it.
Black beauty
It has some very nice projects made with a variety of unusual materials.
Reilly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MidwestMom VINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has patterns that use materials such as leather twine, wool, etc.....you will not find any arcyllic in this book, which is why I bought it. For something different. . I love the paper it is printed on, and the photos are gorgeous. All of the projects are very creative. Although, most require you to do more than just crochet though.... a lot of the projects require sewing in fabric liners, or sewing fabric to the items, and I hate sewing! 6 of the patterns also require felting. But, the reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is because of the variety. While the projects themselves are beautiful, and interesting 12 of them are some type of bag/purse--that is almost half of the patterns! There are 4 patterns for some type of a basket, 3 patterns for vases (which are really just decorative rather than functional), and then a few random items: pin cushions, a non-functional sake set, faux sushi and a wire flower. The inside flap of this book leads you to believe there is a better variety than there is, and even says there are projects for "jewelry". There are not any patterns for jewelry in this book, unless you count the one wire flower pattern that you could use as a pendant or pin. Overall the book is beautifully done, and has a lot of instructions/how-to's, etc....might be good for a beginner. I just wish I had known beforehand that nearly every pattern in this book is for some type of a container--whether it be a vase, basket, bag or even sake set --- almost all of the patterns are for some type of a container. Will keep for my crochet library though because there are some inspiring ideas.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Knits in Tardis VINE VOICE on July 25, 2008
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...you know what I mean, particularly if you grew up during an era when mom (or grandma) crocheted orange-avocado afghans and toilet roll covers. Now, I see the kitsch is back again with an entire BOOK of crochet recently published devoted to roll covers, and other such silliness. But...crochet deserves so much better than to be a fiberarts punchline.

Holetz is making interesting choices here for her crochet media - as in, "I've seen plenty of shopping bags crocheted from plastic store bags, thanx." It's nice to see a little imagination with bags crocheted from gift-supplier raffia (meant to be bows but reasonably priced), also luxe/pricey material such as leather cord. LOTS of leather cord go into an elegant decor basket that is Martha-Stewart exquisite. - that is, if that's how you want it to be.

Me, I'd haunt the thrift shops and see what opportunities for interesting crochet-able material present themselves. I'll bet this author would do/has done the same. In any case, the projects she has planned out almost beg for substitution and experimentation. (Example: for the aforementioned basket, I have a ton of cut suede "fringe" from some long-ago project that I am daisy-chaining together into "barbed wire" - it will be different, but attractive, and I don't mean in a "look what I made at camp, mom!" kind of way.)

A beautiful book that respects a too often dismissed or "dumbed down" craft.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Riitta Rautio on July 16, 2008
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To a crochet enthusiast this book brings little new and unseen but for a beginner it gives a nice collection of modern patterns and good tips for crocheting beyond afghans or lacy doilies. The author encourages to designing and gives great lessons as well in the basics as using various materials. Especially the very clear photos are enjoyable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Black beauty on July 17, 2008
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I really love this book. The best thing about this book is the fact that you are encouraged to design your own projects. I am a self taught crocheter and I always find it hard to make projects in the size and kind of yarn I want. This book gives a lot of suggestions about how to go about designing a project with the materials you have in hand. If you are a creative crocheter get this book to get ideas and learn from it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Reilly on August 4, 2009
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This is a very interesting book. It definitely goes outside the box. It has some very nice projects made with a variety of unusual materials. I especially enjoyed reading about all of the alternative materials that can be used in crocheting - materials that I would never have thought about using prior to reading the book. Now I look at everything I encounter from a new viewpoint - "Can I crochet with this?"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wilhulmina on December 12, 2011
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Most of the projects in this book are handbags and a good 1/3 of the book is a crochet primer, so if you're not interested in those two things, it's probably not the book for you. However, if you do need a crochet primer, this is probably the best I've ever seen--and I've got several. The yarns are interesting and the handbag projects in here are unlike any I've seen elsewhere. I think the book is definitely great for reference AND as an intro into using different fibers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Torres on March 12, 2013
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If only I didn't have to work, I would crochet all day long!!! I've already tried the little vase, it is sooo cute!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookie on January 15, 2013
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HomArt Jute Vintage Grocery Bag, Small, Fish MarketI have numerous books and patterns by Julie Holetz and always find them to be unusual. Her instructions are easy to follow, thus ending up with a product you can be proud of. I have e-mailed her personally from time to time and she always responds. Looking forward to her next Uncommon Book!!!
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