- Hardcover: 144 pages
- Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845336992
- ISBN-13: 978-1845336998
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 2.1 x 24.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 666,369 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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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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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is only suitable if you actually know how to crochet. The "simple" explanations make no sense whatsoever - I had to YouTube videos on how to actually crochet. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Laoch'Rione
Sewing with crochet embellishments, would be a better name for this book. There are some cute projects but most of those require sewing skills and there are a lot of twee "who... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2015 by Mini205
I got this as my mum has been trying to learn to crochet--since finding tapestry difficult due to arthritis. Read morePublished on 11 July 2013 by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished on 30 Jun. 2013 by perpetual browser
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 morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by E. E. Hughes
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 morePublished on 23 May 2013 by B. Roche
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 morePublished on 15 May 2013 by Nozza
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 morePublished on 6 May 2013 by Tasha