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Freeform Crochet and Beyond (Milner Craft (Paperback)) [Paperback]

Renate Kirkpatrick
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Book Description

1 July 2008 Milner Craft
This book covers bags, cushions, hats, scarves and more.This book encourages the reader to tap into the hidden creativity that lurks within - to entice the true beginner with easy starting points that will then lead on to exploring other techniques and experimenting with what they learn, free from too many rules and must nots.It will also inspire the more experienced to call upon all the arts and crafts that he or she has explored over the years, and illustrates ways of bringing them together in a truly amazing art form.It covers varying degrees of difficulty to cater for beginners to the more advanced. It includes a huge range of projects to cater for all tastes. It features wonderful colour photographs. It provides step-by-step instructions accompanied by detailed diagrams and photographs. It includes a gallery section to inspire further creative works.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sally Milner Publishing Pty Ltd (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186351385X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1863513852
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.2 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Waterstones Newsletter:This is a wonderful book! I love the pictorial crochet cover photo, and on first flicking through the pages was disappointed to see a collection of instructions for motifs rather than anything so complex. However, as soon as I sat down to read the book, I was immediately drawn in by the author's friendly, engaging style of writing. She has a wonderfully refreshing attitude: if you're not sure about something, try it anyway! If it doesn't work, try something else! She is not prescriptive in terms of yarns etc, and actively encourages the reader to experiment wih colour, texture, and design.This is a far more intuitive book than Jenny Dowde's books on the same subject. Kirkpatrick provides information in terms of stitches and motifs and how to use them, alongside personal anecdotes and advice, and galleries of completed pieces showing the amazing effects you can achieve. The way she explains as she goes along makes everything seem achievable, no matter your level of experience. The final 20 pages cover the 'beyond' mentioned in the title (although knitting is included with crochet throughout). This section includes wet and dry felting, vilene, embroidery, and a fun few pages about weaving, using various self-constructed small, basic looms. These subjects are obviously not covered comprehensively but give sufficient overview that you can see the different ways they can be utilised to experiment further yourself.If you feel you need more explicit guidance before you begin 'freeforming', try Jenny Dowde's books ('Freeform Knitting and Crochet' and 'Freeformations') which offer a good range of projects to learn the different techniques. They also give a good grounding in colour and basic design theory, along with additional stitches and motifs that you can incorporate into your own pieces, so they make great companions to this book, regardless. However, if I was only going to buy one book on the subject of freeform crochet, Renate Kirkpatrick's would be the one. Although specifically not project-based, it provides all the tools and information you could need to embark on such impressive pieces as the cover design, but also to discover your own style and way of working. In addition to that, I found I simply liked the book, in the same way I might enjoy chatting with an old friend. There should be more books like that on everybody's shelf! --Waterstones Newsletter

About the Author

Born in Germany in 1951, Renata Kirkpatrick grew up in windy Wollongong and in 1974 settled on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Glenn where they operate a small commercial Signwriting and Screenprinting business. Renate has experimented with pottery, exhibited and conducted workshops in papermaking, and has won a Fibre Art Award in rag rugging. Five years ago, as crochet made its huge resurgence, Renate's extensive knowledge in Traditional Tunisian (Tricot), Jacquard, Crochenit (double-ended hook) and more recently Freeform techniques has led to her conducting monthly workshops and weekly classes.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The day I "GOT" crochet 5 May 2009
I'm a knitter who does a bit of crochet when she has to. Every time I crochet I have to re - learn how to do it. That is, until now. This book is so clear with written and diagrammatic instructions that I have finally "GOT IT". I finally understand what's going on in the stitch construction.
This book is quite inspirational, but I agree with the previous reviewer, don't buy it ( or any other freeform book )if you're looking for patterns. That's the idea of freeform work - there are no rules, therefore it doesn't suit everybody. Personally, I love it!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More is more 3 Oct 2009
Excellent, inspiring and great fun. It's not so much a how-to guide, though there are clear instructions for some stitch combinations. But mostly it just opens your mind to the possibilities, and to when it's a real advantage not to know when to stop!
I should say though, the hat I made for my sister is now adorning her teapot rather than her head, because she is a more sober and sensible person than me.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny! 14 Mar 2011
I've had this book for a few weeks now, and I'm amazed. Just by following her tips and suggestions and using some of her motifs, my first ever sample piece of freeform looks great!

The general concept is to decide on an approximate colour scheme, collect lots of yarn types (fuzzy, furry, glittery, variegated etc,), make some textured patches in odd shapes, lay them flat and move them around till you're happy with the effect, join them together, then fill in the gaps with bobbles and shells and things. Voila- happy chaos! Even with my wool allergy I've managed to create something exciting. The result probably won't be machine washable because of the different yarn compositions, but I plan to have a removable and washable lining underneath.

Although she doesn't give start to finish patterns, she gives enough detailed suggestions for how to start a piece that I didn't feel confused and lost. She also uses some odd and unattractive colours for these starting demos, so I didn't think 'yeah great, but mine won't look that good', and then gives clear large photos of how the same motifs look in different yarn and colour combos, to show what a difference it makes and make it easy to pick and combine yarns to my own taste.

She also gives a great set of demos for other tecniques like basic tunisian crochet, knitting garter stich, simple weaving, felting etc. and how without being an expert you can add to the variety of textures and give your piece more 'wow factor'. More to the point it actually works!

As a whole I find this book is exactly the right combination of detailed teaching and inspiration for me.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for ideas 12 Feb 2009
Don't buy this book if you are looking for patterns, freeform crochet by its very nature is patternless!

This book is great for ideas, and gives instructions for some motifs & new stitches. You need to be a reasonably proficient crocheter to make use of it and feel confident in creating your own uses for the motifs.

Overall I am really pleased with the book and its really got the creative juices flowing.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome & inspiring 14 Mar 2011
By Gaynor
I borrowed this from the library first before buying, i always do this to avoid expensive mistakes, after renewing 8 times i finally bought the book. I find it inspirational & it has encouraged my artistic side to flow from painting to crochet. Im a newbee at crochet so still only know basic conceptions & following a pattern is a trauma for me so when i read through this book it allowed my natural artistic ability to realise that i could apply my abstract art in the form of crochet.

Ive made a couple of bags which have turned out brilliantly, in fact they have turned out so well im considering selling them. There is no right or wrong when using freeform, you literally let yourself go & allow your ideas to flow through. This is my ideal way of working with being a non conformist of art. Intertwining different yarns, stitches, textures & colours have created the most spectacular & vibrant bags, ive used long strips of silk & also ribbons to crochet with combined with the traditional wool. Freeform crochet adds interest & originality to projects & is also a fantastic way to use up oddments of yarns.

I highly recommend this book to get your tatse buds flowing for creativity. The projects will be endless once you loosen up from following patterns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm hooked ! 8 Nov 2013
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This book is everything I hoped for and more. I have become really "hooked" on freeform crochet and am already half-way through my first cushion cover. But be warned - it is very addictive ! I find I get carried away when making a new "scrumble" and time just runs away with me. Late dinners and dust on the furniture are commonplace results!
If you love crochet treat yourself to this book and I guarantee you will get hooked too. I have also taught myself tunisian crochet from the very clear instructions in this book. In fact, all the instructions are so clear I think even complete beginners would be able to follow them. Happy freeform !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More photos please! 5 Mar 2012
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I did realy lilke this book, it's inspiring and there is instruction on some of the techniques used in freeform.
Naturally being this is a freeform book there are no patterns.

I was hoping to see more photos of freeform designs, the ones in the book are beautiful, but very small so hard to see the detail. I didn't feel this was a "beyond" book either, rather an introduction to freeform crochet.

I like the book, and I've found it useful, but there's not really anything in there that you can't find for free on the internet, and it's no where near as comprehensive as I hoped.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great for easy crochet
I am not a good crochet person- still learning- what I like about this book is that it doesn't really matter if you make mistakes- its all a bit random and chaotic
Published 29 days ago by Icarus
5.0 out of 5 stars So inspiring
The nature of free form is that you do what ever you want without a pattern, but this book is so inspiring if you are just getting into free form. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patch
4.0 out of 5 stars freeform crichet and beyond
i bought this book after reading other reviews and although it does not have any patterns or instuctions it is just so inspirational. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring, wonderful crochet
I have always liked crocheting but have struggled to find patterns which produce something I would be able to use or enjoy. This book is truly inspiring. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2011 by Cal
4.0 out of 5 stars Full of good ideas
Bought as a present - the recipient's eyes lit up when they saw the book and its contents.
Published on 22 Sep 2010 by R. Tait
5.0 out of 5 stars The only freeform book you will need
Freeform crochet, by its nature, doesn't lend itself to detailed instructions on how to make a particular item. Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2009 by Sheila Chapman
1.0 out of 5 stars I sent it back
I thought this book would be useful, I was wrong. I wanted something to get me beyond following a pattern and into creating my own garments, this was not the book to help achieve... Read more
Published on 17 Dec 2009 by Teasel
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