- File Size: 7777 KB
- Print Length: 172 pages
- Publication Date: July 2, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DR483TQ
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,082 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
99 Crochet Flowers: Awesome Flowers for Embellishing Kindle Edition
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Yes, there are 99 crochet flowers (I'm assuming because I didn't count them all), but there is neither a table of contents in the front (I looked in a couple times in case I missed it there in the front) nor is there one in the pop up menu when you touch the middle of the screen. So if I saw one I liked, then tried to go back to it later when I wanted to embellish something, I would have to look through all the 99 flowers to find the one I was thinking of. What makes it worse is that there is no order to the flowers. They have them listed randomly. You will find one that is a circle (no petals), then one with lots of petals, then one with just a few, then another random kind. If you are going to publish a book of crochet flowers, make it easy to find what we want. I won't be using this book again because I don't want to waste my time looking through the flowers to find exactly what I want. Especially when it's so easy to Google the kind of crochet flower you want.
Also, pictures were unclear. Some were a bit fuzzy and others were the fault of the yarn. I'm guessing they used a cheap yarn and a very tight stitch because you couldn't tell what stitch was used when you looked at the pictures. Many crocheters want to look at the picture to see the type of stitch used along side or in lieu of the written pattern. Besides that, the pictures themselves were uninspiring. The cover picture is adorable, but the pictures inside were very boring. They didn't inspire my creative side at all. However, the patterns were clearly written and easy to do.
There was so much potential for this book, but the pictures brought the book down as well as the fact that the book wasn't easy to navigate. Most of us have busy lives and want efficiency in all that we do. This book doesn't help with that. I'm guessing a lot of people won't be using this book for a reference.
Even with the lack of quality pictures, I believe this book can be a good crochet book (maybe a 4-star book) if they find an easy way for readers to navigate the book. I'm talking about a Table of Contents in the front of the book with some kind of order to it (not just what they named the flowers and where to find it), such as grouping the 3-petals together, the ruffled flowers together, and so on.
Went back and tried to make another flower, same problem, missing information. I am an advanced crocheter and was able to make the correction needed, but it would have totally confused a beginner.
This could be a great book but it needs extensive test crocheting and then editing to correct the errors.
Of course, there's not quite 99 different flowers, but variations of a few flowers and shapes. I've used many of these on things from hats, thigh-high socks, afghans and purses and bouquets of flowers for gifts.
I haven't had problems with the patterns, but I know how to crochet and just look at the photo. The few I did follow the instructions came out fine. There's an index in the back of the books.
Easy to follow instructions for making flower tops that you can put on your clothes, bag, knapsacks, etc.
Color photos of all kinds of flowers that you can crochet.
Abbreviations at the end, very pretty flowers. My favorite would be the rose.