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Crochet Adorned: Reinvent Your Wardrobe with Crocheted Accents, Embellishments, and Trims Paperback – August 11, 2009
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"This delightful book is a must-have for the crafty lady who wants to spruce up her life with a little crochet flair. Linda Permann’s designs are approachable, fashion-forward, and totally cute!"
—Brett Bara, Editor-in-Chief, Crochet Today
"The lacelike and sculptural qualities of crochet are beautifully highlighted in Linda Permann’s clever book. Appearing in the form of subtle rick-rack on a plain T-shirt, a cute scalloped edging on a coat, a butterfly on an apron, or colorful flowers on a simple cardigan, crochet is here applied like icing on a cake, improving everything it touches. Permann’s book is an inspiration for beginning and advanced crocheters alike"
—Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series of knitting and crochet books
"With outstanding style and creativity, Linda Permann takes crochet embellishment to a fashionable, creative high. Simple instructions, easy project adaptability, and clear stitch diagrams make this book a sure hit."
—Kim Werker, author of Crochet Me: Designs to Fuel the Crochet Revolution
About the Author
LINDA PERMANN is a writer and crochet designer whose work has been featured in popular crafty magazines including Bust, Adorn, Crochet Today, and Knit. 1, as well as the books Stitch ’n Bitch Crochet and Hooked. She was the founding Craft and Decorating Editor of Adorn magazine and loves to mix and match her crafty skills whenever she can.
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The next three sections show projects - Fashions, Accessories and Home There were some cute things that I would make mixed in with some things I would never make. Some things look like stuff my Grandmother would have made and I think that is intentional. It's kind of a retro style I'm seeing here. The butterfly apron is retro and cute. Althought, I don't know if I would wear it, the cover jacket just really appeals to me. I think I would use the colorful flowers, leaves etc. in a project that I wouldn't wear. I loved the little bird brooches and the medallion table mat (but not the colors on the mat). All of the motifs/patterns needed for each project are included in the project pages. That's nice and prevents alot of flipping back and forth.
The next section ((about 1/4 of the book) is a stitch dictionary with trims, motifs and stitch patterns. There are clear pictures, charts, written directions and one other thing I found very helpful. There is a stitch key by each pattern. This is nice because you don't have to flip the book back to large stitch key in another part of the book. There were some nice motifs and flowers especially. I tried a few out and the directions were excellent. I was able to reproduce the samples. I would say I'm an advanced beginner at crochet. The author encourages you to use your creativity and subsitute the motifs in the stitch dictionary in the projects to change them up.
The final two sections are Resources and an Index.
For me, this book is a good "jumping off" place. I don't know that I will copy the patterns because many of them just aren't my style and I'm not crazy about the color choices. But it really got me thinking in a more creative way. I love the motifs in the stitch dictionary and in the projects and I will definitely use them. If you are into the retro style, you'd probably love the projects.
And this book does not disappoint. It's full of great ideas and beautiful photos to get you started on making the clothes you already own into something truly unique and special.
The information for beginners is also good. Some things I didn't find in my stitch reference book was here.
Easy to follow and fun!
My only wish....is that there were MORE patterns of flowers and motifs :)