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Austentatious Crochet: 36 Contemporary Designs from the World of Jane Austen Paperback – October 11, 2011
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“The designs, which are romantic enough for the most ardent of Austenites but modern enough for everyday wear or use, are suitable for crocheters of a variety of skill levels, and written directions are provided for all designs, with charts for the more complex items.”
About the Author
Melissa Horozewski is a professional crochet designer with twenty-six years of crochet experience. Her work has appeared in Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Crochet!, Crochet World, and Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street Collection Books 1 and 2. Melissa lives near Madison, Wisconsin, and if a hook is not in her hand then a book is. You can see all her literature inspired designs at www.stitchscene.com.
Top Customer Reviews
A pet peeve of mine and many other crocheters and knitters are the "artfully" posed photos of garments that cover important construction details. I've learned that hidden details, such as necklines covered by scarves or long hair, the artfully posed hand on a waistline holding the side in or covering a pocket, too often hide flaws in the garment and design. In AUSTENtations, we have numerous examples of hidden details. What to make of these? Do photographs hide things we ought to know before committing yarn to hook? Or are the cropped, carefully posed photos simply ART? A crochet project is a major undertaking of money and time. I, for one, don't quite trust that hidden details are going to be OK.
Let me give some specific examples in this book... on page 53, the model's hand is covering the attachment of a handle to the Legacy handbag in closeup. Why? Is it unsightly? Reading the instructions, I think so, given how the awkward addition of a fabric tab looks in the distant photo where it's not hidden. The neckline is hidden by an ascot in all the photos of the Wicked Wickham jacket, an otherwise lovely classic red jacket. Is something amiss with the neckline and collar design or the execution? The Jane Bennet skirt does not show the waist or front, only the back featuring the flirtatious ruffles. What would we see if there were photos of the entire skirt? The Mr. Knightly pajama set showcases an interesting corset look with lacing up the front, but what are we to make of the knickers?Read more ›
A couple tests of a craft books: (1) How many projects capture your interest, and (2) How many you can do at your current skill level. Enough for me, in this book there are 19 projects I really like, with at least six being ones I would truly hope to make (counting the one I did). The designs are worked in a wide range of sizes of thread/yarn, from fine crochet cotton to bulky weights. The patterns would most easily be worked up by those with significant crocheting experience.
The patterns are really unique. "All Buttoned Up" is a creative piece of clothing made up of three sections that can be separated and rearranged to be a tunic, wrap, and shawl. There are two blankets that are made out of a mesh crochet stitch, and then woven with plain yarn. Through this interesting technique, one duplicates the look of three-color plaid! There's also a small introduction to hairpin lace (which requires a loom) in one of the necklace patterns (Although with hairpin lace it would have been a special touch to talk about the history behind this craft.) Emma's Hood is a pretty and practical winter addition for anyone who lacks a hood on her coat or jacket, and wishes to have the convenience of one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great treat for Austen fans, looking forward to making a bunch of these designs . Shipping was fastPublished 2 months ago by clarissa
Oh, love this!!! Very fun ideas with a romantic theme... Beautiful styles!Published 7 months ago by A. Ford
Gorgeous!!! Every Austen and crochet fan should have this simply to ooo and ahh over the pictures. I haven't tried the patterns yet. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emily
I was so excited to purchase this book of patterns. It was on my wishlist for some time before I decided to treat myself. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jaime Johnson
I peered through it... I gave this as a gift. I knit, my friend crochets... I had hoped to find more Austin ideas for babies/children than what there were.Published 16 months ago by Polly Hines
Everything in here is so pretty. Directions are clear. Nice photos.
I also liked the ongoing discussion of the various Jane Austen characters throughout the book.
There are about two things in here I want to make, everything else is weird, old lady stuff that no one would wear in real life.Published 20 months ago by SB1981