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Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today's Top Crocheters Paperback – December 28, 2010
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
This book is a fascinating for many reasons. It presents 18 crochet techniques. Many of them are unusual or underrepresented among crocheters and designers. I'm a designer with 30 years of crochet experience, and yet I'd never seen Crocheted Bruges Lace, for instance. The fact that it is relatively easy to create does not degrade from it's beauty or intricacy. In fact, I think it's the technique I'd like to try first from the book.
The construction of the book is great. Each technique is presented by a "master." The designer is profiled in a detailed biography. Then the technique is discussed in general terms, and pictures of items made using that technique are shown in a gallery. Finally, a pattern is presented for the reader using the technique. The patters are more of introductions to the techniques than the highest example of a particular technique. This makes perfect sense. If you're showing something new, you want to make it accessible to everyone.
I enjoyed reading about little-known techniques, and I also enjoyed hearing about and from crochet designers from around the world. Irish Crochet is presented by an Irish crocheter. There are designers from Germany, Russia, Trinidad, Australia, and of course, The United States.
The patterns provides are simple and range from beginner to more experienced. I'm usually picky about the patterns that I like and was happy to find that I liked over half of them as is, and would probably like the rest with different color schemes. I am REALLY excited to make the Overlay Mandala Pillow Cover (shown on the cover), and the painted crochet technique for the hearts and roses centerpiece. I normally don't like to display doilies, despite finding them fun to make, but this one is GORGEOUS and might even find itself in a frame to hang on the wall.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book if you are a beginner crocheter trying to find which technique you like best, an intermediate crocheter (like me) who has been looking for a way to bridge the gap to become advanced and well-rounded, or an advanced crocheter who wants to test their skills and knowledge.
Not all of patterns are my thing, but learning all the new stuff is really cool. Crochet is my first crafting love and in the last year or two ive gotten a little burned out on it- bored, If you will. But this is a breath of fresh air!
I have seen a most of the techniques before, in the big needle work compendiums my grandma left me, online and in magazines. However it is nice to see them given a modern take in these projects, in easy to read, concise directions. Like I said, not all the patterns are something I would make for myself, or CAN since the sweater patterns only go up to XL, But its still important to learn the techniques. I am most excited to try out the hairpin lace, the double-ended crochet, the overlay crochet (the pillow, featured on the cover is aMAZing!), painted crochet (just WOW), and the bruges crochet, which I have never even seen before. I'm also going to make the tapestry crochet beaded bag that carol ventura contributed. I LOVE her stuff.
OH and if you are unsure about purchasing this book, I suggest you go down to your local book or craft store and flip through and look at the patterns. I always do, to avoid dissapointment. And remember, you can always switch up the yarn.
If I had to make a complaint, It would be I wish that the book had more patterns. The bios are interesting and all, and the in depth how to's are great but I was left wanting more. Over all I'm so happy I bought this book. It has me inspired to crochet again. :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love LOVE the patterns in this book. I bought this book because of a Mandala pattern in it. It is beautiful and so are the rest of the patterns! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Linda Marriott
This was exactly what I was looking for, a cross-section of advanced techniques being used in fine-art applications. Super inspiring and a totally gorgeous book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Frances Pauli
This was a gift for my wife who is a keen crocheter and she loves itPublished 5 months ago by Adam Warner
This book is an excellent resource for someone who crochets and would like to branch out and learn new and different techniques (like me). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer