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Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights Paperback – May 1, 2012
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A follow-up to Crochet Bouquet, Crochet Garden contains more whimsical designs and 3-demensional flowers, leaves, butterflies and forms. Some of my favorites are:
I'm a fan of irises in my personal garden so I was really grabbed by these "full figure" irises, unlike any I've seen before. Midi and Maxi Mums are bold, striking flowers that would be a standout in any project. The Perspective Daisy has multi-layers of petals, popping right out at you. The Van Wyk Rose is an unusual rose interpretation and a definite eye catcher. The Samarkand Sunflower is a crazy, ameba-like creation. The Poinsettia is another multi-layered sensation. Then there is an adorable Pinecone, Curlicue Sprays and numerous international designs to add to your garden.
Ms. Thompson shows how to combine all your favorite flowers, leaves, butterflies, etc. into projects that have a fabulous "free-form" crochet look. I'm definitely crocheting some of my favorites to create a great purse!
Also included is a half-treble (htr) stitch to bridge the gap between the double crochet and the treble/triple crochet stitches.
And if all this isn't enough, Ms. Thompson has extended a personal invitation on page 17 for you to contact her AND join her monthly on a crochet-a-long at her book blog [...] where she'll walk you through the beautiful designs from this book for at least the next two years. You're also welcomed to visit her Ravelry group at Ravelry.com textilefusion as well. In short, you'll have plenty of help to crochet your own beautiful garden.
The introduction part of the book is very helpful and discusses yarn variations, hooks, hardware, techniques and stitch how to's among a few other things. This book is filled with vibrant photos and just delightful to browse through in general. I was instantly inspired to grab my crochet hook and yarn and get to creating a few flowers myself.
Each time I turned a page, I found yet another pretty flower to crochet.
The book is divided into four chapters: Botanical Garden, Inspired Garden, International Garden and Fun and Fantastic Garden.
Begonias, Bluebells, Irises, Orchids, Edelweiss and Czech Festival Flowers are just a few of the many pretty flower patterns included here. Besides flowers, butterflies and different types of leaves and stems patterns are available for embellishment.
Ideas for what to do with your crocheted flowers are included as well.
I found the patterns easy to follow, they range from easy to intermediate and experienced. The directions are well written and there are photos on every page. The flowers I chose to crochet were easy to make.
I will be crocheting more flowers for certain. These would look great as embellishments on wearables like scarves and hats.
I also thought it was great that designer Suzann Thompson invites you to email her or visit her blog if you need help. She also invites you to join flower crochet-a-longs that she belongs to online.
Being an avid crocheter, I have joined several crochet-a-longs online, and they are always fun.
If you are looking for pretty crochet flower patterns, look no further than Crochet Garden: Bunches of Flowers, Leaves, and Other Delights.
One of these ideas is the Circle Gauge. I love this. You don't have to make a big swatch for these items, just a little circle. The required size of this circle is listed at the beginning of every pattern. She also mentions Youtube as a great source for seeing how basic stitches are done. And then there's her Ravelry group, Facebook, and Yahoo. I like that it's very topical and keeping with the times. Wow, and that sweet idea about making a Flip book. There's more, but I better talk about the flowers!
There are 4 sections of flowers. They are: Botanical Garden (most realistic looking), Inspired Garden (more decorative such as folk artsy), International Garden (from other countries), and Fun and Fantastic Garden (example: Candy Cornflower). There are a total of 8 projects specifically for certain flowers, but there are many more ideas in the intro section. I love the Flower Cloth Scarf that uses a mixture of the flowers for a free form look. The patterns are visually appealing with detailed pictures in focus and close up. You will find some standard flowers, but many more unusual ones such as Mexican hat, Byzantine Beauty, Russian Picot Daisy, and Rafflesita. There are also some items such as a Peacock, a Pomegranate, and Butterflies. The main focus of the book is the flowers though. :-)
This is truly a lovely book and a worthwhile addition to anyone's crochet library.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many flowers to crochet, so little time. I made an afghan and just attached so many of these flowers to it. It was just beautiful. The directions are very easy to follow.Published 6 months ago by Karri L. Whitefish Bodoh
Great pictures, great instructions, Great ideas and pricePublished 8 months ago by chrystal k isbell
It's a great book if you want to make some flower embellishments but I was hoping for more 3D flowers. Although there were a couple, the majority were flat flowers patterns. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Leylon
The instructions in this book are among the worst I have ever tried to use. I consider myself a serious and patient person, but I am giving up in total frustration on some of the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bette McKinney Newsome