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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2012
this does not dissappoint in the production of an amazing book the photos are beautiful and the projects to. the only problem is that the wool is no longer availble for the one project i had set me heart on making which has made me a little sad to say the least. but that said what a wonderful book to own and if you love flowers then this is the book for you
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
Firstly, beware - this is the self-same book known elsewhere as Noni Flowers, do not double-purchase. If it were for illustrations alone, this review would be five-star. The flowers are ravishingly gorgeous to look at, but alas, not so much to knit. The problem lies in the method. For one, huge, thing, American knitters seem to be fond of knitting in the round in a way that British knitters are not. The skilled British knitter can and will make anything of any shape on two needles, and much more quickly. (Yes, of course, there are times when double-pointed is the way to go, but not for everything.) The instructions do state in one sentence at the beginning that almost everything can actually be done on two needles, but then you have to pick your way through the needlessly complicated instructions to see where to start

I am no novice - I have been knitting for a long, long time, and knitting flowers for years. You do not need to knit everything in one go and get lost with the instructions. It is perfectly possible, and quite easy, to prepare all or some of the components separately and then sew them together. The author seems to have found the use of a sewing needle as a revelation rather than an obvious tool. Each and every flower in this book could have been described and explained in a vastly more obvious way, and constructed in a fraction of the time it would take to try to figure out what this author is getting at. She is clearly a wonderful artist in her knitting, but she cannot explain process in a sensible way. Incidentally, there is is no such thing as an i-cord people - it's a plain old CORD. There is a) nothjng remotely new about it and b) you can do it perfectly well on two needles by simply replacing the stitches on the R.H. needle, swapping sides and pulling the yarn tight - it's just as fast.

I was very disapointed in this as a working book. If you want to pay the money to enjoy what Bellows has created, then do so. If you want to make your own flowers which can be rendered just as lovely with the right use of yarns, embroidery etc., then there are much better books available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2013
This is a beautiful book. Quite intricate detail and ideal for mostly experienced knitters. Beautifully presented, a treasure in stitches.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 2013
I'm sure this is a good book if you are an experienced knitter. I returned it as I could not follow the patterns.
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on 8 July 2014
First saw this book in an exibition. The flowers unlike other books I have seen are so realistic. I have started knitting the daffodils ready for next Spring and intend with the patterns in this book to ring the changes with each season for aneasy care display in my hall where there is little sun. Tried plants , they suffer as I forget to water and lack of sun doesnt help!
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on 16 February 2015
Beautiful flowers, very well crafted and with good instructions but unfortunately illustrated using real leaves and branches with no details on how to make these. I wanted to turn mine into a bouquet that looked lifelike so was very disappointed in this respect. Not sure I really want to take all that effort just for a single flower on a stem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2012
I got this book as a present for my knitting mad sister. My sister loves the book, it has great pictures & very easy to follow, she has already knitted her way through half the book. Great buy for knitting lovers.
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on 13 December 2013
I love this book!! my daughter will love this for her birthday :) thank you :)

really love this would recommend to anyone who loves knitting and being creative
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on 17 May 2013
Good range of flowers to knit. Instructions are very clear and includes how to felt the flowers to create a smoother surface and hence a more realistic flower.
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on 30 August 2013
Accurate patterns of beautiful flowers.I will spend many hours knitting these wonderful items for our knitting group. This is a great book
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