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The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims, Motifs & Borders Paperback – January 8, 2013
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*Starred Review* Certain needlecraft designers trigger an immediate go-buy recommendation. Omdahl is a new addition to the cadre, joining the likes of her contemporaries Fassett, Epstein, Mably, and others. It’s hard to imagine crochet BK (Before Kristin) because her creative and skillful use of its best qualities—lacelike, intricate stitches and modularization—defines every one of her previous books (e.g., Wrapped in Crochet, 2008; Crochet So Fine, 2010). In her new title, she reexamines edgings—used singly, in multiples, and as stand-alone projects—in terms of their making: top down, bottom up, side to side, and the always welcome miscellaneous. Each of the more than 40 patterns includes a chart, written directions, a color photograph of the finished swatch, and very frequent tips (e.g., the mermaid scales could be used as an overall fabric). Names are picturesque and somewhat descriptive: deco scallops, pinecone, open leaf, and circle coins, for instance. Rarely are all the patterns in this type of reference book appealing, yet from the wonderfully draped Ephesus cowl to the fun-and-funky Petra wrap skirt, every one of the 10 projects is a winner. --Barbara Jacobs
About the Author
Kristin Omdahl is the author of Crochet So Fine (Interweave, 2010), Wrapped in Crochet (Interweave, 2009), A Knitting Wrapsody (Interweave, 2011), and Seamless Crochet (Interweave, 2011). She designs knit and crochet garments and patterns under her label KRISTIN and distributes her own line of patterns and knits from her website, styledbykristin.com, and to yarn stores. She also designs for several knitting and crochet magazines as well as book publishers and teaches knit and crochet techniques for private lessons and workshops. Kristin creates designs for a variety of yarn companies, including Plymouth Yarn, Cherry Tree Hill, and Tilli Tomas and has published designs in Interweave Crochet, Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Crochet Today, and Crochet! She lives in Florida.
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Nevertheless, I was a little disappointed, because I expected a collection of many patterns for crocheted edgings. (Can anyone ever have enough patterns for decorative crocheted edgings?) The book does indeed deliver a collection of interesting edging designs, but it is focused on "expanded use of edgings to create entire fabrics, make individual decorative motifs, and produce three-dimensional designs". Thus only about half the book is devoted to an Edgings Reference Library (20 top-down, 8 bottom-up, 14 side-to-side, 12 miscellaneous).
The rest of the book is devoted to Projects (10 in all). Some of the projects are quite innovative: (1) a cowl made of crocheted-together edging strips, (2) a car coat with a collar and edging of vertical stripes worked in horizontal rows, (3) a net top with applied spiraling flower edgings, and (4) a flower crocheted onto a bag made from simple square motifs.
Because of the limited number of actual edging designs, I rate THE FINER EDGE at 4 stars ("I like it" on the official Amazon scale). If you're looking for a collection of crocheted edgings, you might consider these excellent ones: The Complete Book of Crochet Border Designs: Hundreds of Classic & Original Patterns,Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles*Ruffles*Flora*Fringes*Points & Scallops, or Traditional Edgings to Crochet. There are also many other good collections available.
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