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Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today's Top Crocheters Paperback – December 28, 2010
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With today’s ever-rising cry for do-it-yourself how-to books, many manuals simply repeat the tried-and-true. But the authors who demonstrate true originality and a spirit of innovation deserve attention. Two well-known designers have done avid stitchers a favor by presenting 18 different crochet techniques. Many imitate their knitted brethren; Aran crochet resembles the best of its cousin through post stitches and intricate cables. Others work from once moribund techniques; hairpin lace and Tunisian crochet, for example, are back in fashion. And still others focus on innovation, like free-form and entrelac crochet. Each lesson first profiles the craft master in a few paragraphs and showcases a few of his or her finished pieces. One pattern follows, ranging from a filet crochet table runner to the Princess of Wales memorial tartan blanket. The all black-and-white photographs, unfortunately, don’t live up to the creativity. Expect challenges and some difficult maneuvers. Appendixes provide refresher courses in crochet abbreviations, symbols, and terminology. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
JEAN LEINHAUSER is the founder of Leisure Arts and The American School of Needlework. She was the editor Crochet! Magazine and is the co-owner of Crochet Partners, the oldest internet crochet discussion group
RITA WEISS is an author, designer, and teacher who was formerly the executive Vice-President of The American School of Needlework. She is the former president of the Crochet Guild of America, having served for three terms.
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Threads become as obsolete as patterns - meaning if one likes the picture the exact sheen of thread must be utilized to get the same effect and 'show' as the finished pattern photographed.
It is very easy to 'substitute' as long as one can get the gauge and close to the 'color'...the pictures one sees is not the product that can be produced unless the same threads are utilized in making the item.
Filet crochet will never go out of favor, nor will Irish. Free-form crochet (perhaps musically, it could be called jazz) does look like a skin disease. It may or may not appeal to some, to me it elicited a gag reflex.
The most beautiful creations are by Ferosa Harold. Having never known painted crochet, this lady is a true creator if of an ancient art form.
I have seen most of these crocheters at conventions and took classes from some of them. It is so good to see these different techniques in one place and have a way to search further for more info.
There are some basic instructions in the back and a beginner that has followed one or two patterns before should be able to try many of these techniques. I love the tips from the masters, they have helped me already explaining where I have gone wrong in the past.
Not just another crochet pattern book, but one that is being added to my library permanently.