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Creative Makers: Simple Crochet Hardcover – 3 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845336992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845336998
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 2 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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Book Description

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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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?
3.
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By Vicki D VINE VOICE on 17 Jan. 2013
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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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I was initially taught to crochet by my mother, when I was about six years of age, and in the intervening years I have made crocheted items ranging from pram covers, baby and adult bed blankets to jumpers, cardigans, tops, dresses and shawls; and never once have I wasted wool on an apple cosy!

Wool and crochet thread are expensive items and you have to be sure of what you want to make before laying out all that moolah. Even when I have had a partial ball left over I have used it to make blanket (oops sorry that should be "quilt") squares - at least when put together they will keep you warm during a cold snowy winter.

This book does nothing to forward the cause of crocheting - if anything it does the reverse and puts it firmly back in the stereotypical doillie and granny knickers frills (I kid you not). There are "face cloths" which I can remember my Nan making from the short scraps of wool that couldn't be used for anything else. She, however, used them as floor cloths.

Though I will say that one of the worst items is on page 120 - a "Leather Steering Wheel Cover".

This loose fitting cover with large loops would be a significant danger to use while driving all it would take is for it to slip on the steering wheel as you were trying to negotiate a bend or traverse a traffic island and you could end up in a serious accident. Aside from which, if I was going to expend the sort of money that would be required to purchase leather cord I would certainly not be using it on something so shoddy and so incredibly dangerous.

The instructions are poorly done. Please believe me that crocheting is one of the easiest crafts to use and to see the mess that the "author" has made of the easiest stitch makes me cringe.
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By K Wren HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 April 2013
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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 to a sewing machine. This seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

It's a very attractive hardback book and a pleasure to browse through with its very attractive matt photography. Directions were clear throughout and easy to follow - even for someone like me who has little crocheting experience and hasn't crocheted for years. That said, it's probably not a book for a complete beginner

The book started with a useful refresher course for the lapsed crocheter and reminded me of long-forgotten stitches via easy-to-follow sketches, useful tips and a tutorial showing how to crochet onto fabric which I'd never done before, or even thought of doing, so this was an unexpected inspiration. The projects are graded from very simple, 'Starting out' to 'Moving on' and 'Confident' for the more experienced crocheter

The range of projects were vast including a cuddly bunny toy (which I made), a useful phone case, drink coasters, pot holders, the usual scarves, bookmarks, bag decorations and an inevitable blanket, but also some rather strange inclusions such as button-fastening apple cosies, bells with buttons on and a somewhat bizarre frilly trim for a pair of home-made knickers...???!!!! (Surely nobody would make this?) I think the author included this for her own amusement though rather than as a serious project! Some projects were useful, others were imaginative but I found some rather 'twee' for my taste and as for the frilly knicker trim - err no, I didn't make this!

An attractive book offering a good crochet tutorial and a broad range of crochet project ideas for varying ability levels, although they might not suit every taste.

4* for presentation
3* for content (based on my tastes)
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