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Creative Makers: Simple Crochet: With 35 Vintage-Vibe Projects for Your Handmade Life [Hardcover]

Sara Sinaguglia
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3 Sep 2012 Creative Makers
Portable, pretty and quick to learn - crochet is back in vogue and Sara Sinaguglia is one of its most talented advocates. Taking her inspiration and palette from her country cottage home and the glorious Dorset landscape that surrounds it, Sara has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for in and around the home. The book begins with step-by-step photographs demonstrating how easy it is to teach yourself to crochet. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and her now famous apple cosies, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life. Gorgeous photography by top lifestyle photographer Yuki Sugiura captures the sheer pleasure of turning a few balls of richly coloured yarn into something individual. Never has crochet looked so beautiful!

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336998
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 19.6 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crafter and blogger Sara Sinaguglia has created 35 easy-to-make crochet projects for everyday life. From cushions, coasters and bags to toys, scarves and pot holders, bring a little of Sara's stylish vintage vibe into your crafting life.

About the Author

Sara Sinaguglia is thirty-something mother of two living in Dorset, with a cat, two hens and several bantams. When not crocheting, sewing or knitting, she's running a cookery school with her husband, a Sicilian chef. With a background in design, interiors and antiques, Sara stumbled on crochet when she moved from London to the country. With a cottage in the middle of the woods, shelf edgings and crocheted blankets seemed to fit the eclectic mix of local auction room finds and mismatched tableware. Keen to stick to natural fibres and fabrics she realized she would need to produce her own work to avoid acrylic fibres in garish hues. After learning to crochet she picked up linens, cottons and yarns and started creating. She now sells her crochet creations via etsy and teaches crochet workshops. Her work was featured on the front cover of the sell-out first issue of hot new craft magazine, Mollie Makes. Visit Sara's blog: http://onechurchillsgreen.typepad.com/

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book But... 17 Jan 2013
By Vicki @ Cosy Books TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an absolutely beautiful book...I could happily look through it again and again. The paper is thick and luxurious and the photography stunning, if you enjoy a vintage whimsy, as I do.

I'm very new to crochet myself, having just started to learn a few weeks ago. I find the instructions in here quite good however they lack a little illustration, so abeginner may need to hop onto youtube just to check they're getting it right.

The patterns vary. I really like the apple cosy's. yes, they're pretty pointless...but cute and this will be good practice for crocheting rounded shapes. There's a lot of stuff I would never bother with...like a leather steering wheel cover!

Overall a truley beautiful book, but practically speaking probably not the greatest out there.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking a certain something 10 Jan 2013
By Bee of Good Cheer VINE VOICE
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Crochet doesn't seem to be having as much of a renaissance as knitting, which surprises me a little in some ways, as it is both easier to learn, and more portable. I guess it still suffers from the slightly old fashioned image of granny square blankets and crochet doilies. There is a fine line between retro chic and retro ugly...

So, does this book manage to make crochet retro chic? I really don't think that it does. And I'm not entirely sure it entirely works as a good beginner's guide to the craft, either.

First, the good points:

1. The photos - lots of them, clear, detailed and colourful. Helpful in the techniques section, and very stylish in the projects section.
2. The author's voice - friendly, chatty and encouraging
3. The how-to section - clear, covers most of the basics well
4. The suppliers page - not just the usual suspects, but some nice independents as well, who are available online
5. The pattern instructions - clear and easy to follow

And now, the bits I think could have been better:

1. The finishing of the projects - FAR too many of them rely on crochet being used as trim on sewn items, or require lining in some way. There's very little instruction on the techniques needed for this, and it could be off putting. It's off putting to me, and I've been sewing for the best part of forty years (did I really say that?). If I want to sew a handbag and attach motifs to it, I'll buy a book on making handbags...
2. The types of project - whilst it's nice to have items for every area of the home, who these days uses a jug cover? Or steering wheel cover? Or crochet doilies, even in an ironic manner?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but could be better 4 Jan 2013
By Sheenagh Pugh VINE VOICE
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My daughter and I, both total beginners, have both tried this book out. So far my daughter's got really into it and has made several small items. I've figured out how to do 2 basic stitches.

So far, so good... but the diagrams and instructions are sometimes not as clear as the author thinks. It's not easy to tell others how to do something that you're good at, and that seems obvious and simple to you - as anyone who ever had a maths teacher can testify. In her book "Simple Knitting" a few years ago, Erika Knight did this very well; this author is less adept. The diagrams need to be bigger and there could be more of them, illustrating more stages. I figured out the chain stitch OK, but could not fathom what she meant in the instructions for the slip stitch until Daughter demonstrated - and she herself had to go online to get further instructions for things that were unclear to her.

On the plus side, there are patterns for several small items that are easy to make and which give an incentive to learn. At least, the mats and quilt squares do. But many of the items are infuriatingly twee, useless and a bit too Country Lady for my liking - who on earth wants an "apple cosy", in this world or the next? I suppose they provide practice, but I'd have more incentive to carry on if I thought I was making something more useful and less pretentious. Maybe this is the nature of crochet, I haven't yet got far enough to be sure!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retro, for the wrong reasons. 17 Jan 2013
By Squeebles VINE VOICE
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(reviewed by my girlfriend!)

Crochet generally suffers from an image problem and being forever associated with the 1970s and granny's beaded milk jug cover, multi coloured sofa throws and piles of coasters, doilies and decorative circle patches made by people who never cracked crochet beyond basic circles. This book does, sadly, nothing to improve on that image.

Arguably the book embraces naff crochet, calling it "vintage vibe", but make no mistake - this is beautifully presented 70s style home-made, and some would say, tat. Complete with beige 70s colours and faded backgrounds.

'70s style is completely personal choice, and the patterns here are reasonably clear to follow. (Although they are way too complex for an absolute beginner, unless you've got a helpful friend who can walk you through them.) The book layout is absolutely charming. But I do have two reservations about the patterns.

The author uses some very pricey, designer yarns, and there are no notes about what yarns could be substituted in their place. A lot of the patterns are for adding crocheted embellishments to other items, such as towels, pillowcases, and knickers (really). What the book doesn't mention is that once you add these embellishments the item becomes unwashable, so only good for a single use. (Yes, you could wash your grotty knickers with the delightful crochet trim very gently in cold water by hand if you really wanted, but you'll then spend an hour carefully ironing that itchy trim back into place.)

A first glance a lovely, charming, enthralling pattern book. On second glance, not so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars From my mother!
I got this as my mum has been trying to learn to crochet--since finding tapestry difficult due to arthritis. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ric03
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book, Inspirational, different & classy designs
I originally had this book out on loan from the library, I renewed it four times and thought I better buy it and give some other lucky library user a chance to borrow it! Read more
Published 9 months ago by perpetual browser
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but also pretty useless
Having wanted to pick up crochet for a while now I decided that this book was the book for me. Although it is very attractive to look at I did not find it very useful at all. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. E. Hughes
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great for lefties
This is a great book for beginners - nice easy descriptions of techniques, good photographs, nice simple designs to start with - as long as you're right handed! Read more
Published 11 months ago by B. Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful retro style
My sister is into crochet and always on the look out for patterns and ideas, often bidding on sites for 60's and 70's patterns. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Nozza
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books
There's some really nice projects in this book and I really liked that some of them combined crochet with sewing, or adding crochet to ready made items. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tasha
4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and pretty.
This is a beautifully presented book with lovely photos. There are 35 diverse projects aimed at 3 different levels of expertise for the home and to wear that can easily be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Lily
4.0 out of 5 stars My wife and teenage daughter thought this book had a lot of good...
My wife and 18 year old daughter like art & crafts, knitting and sewing, plus they are both very active in the Brownies/Girl Guides and the Duke of Edinburgh award that can include... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Keith_Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Crochet
First off, I would like to say - I love this book! I learnt to knit as a young child but never learnt to crochet and I have been teaching myself over the last couple of years. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wobette
3.0 out of 5 stars Attractive book but perhaps not the best range of projects
I've been on the lookout for ideas for new crafty projects to complete on long summer evenings while camping and which can be completely handmade without having to rely on access... Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. L. Wren
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