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Lacework for Adventurous Crocheters: Master Traditional, Irish, Freeform, and Bruges Lace Crochet through Easy Step-by-Step Instructions and Fun Projects Spiral-bound – 1 Feb 2013

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Product details

  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International; Spi edition (1 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158923734X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589237346
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 2.5 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 691,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Prolific fiber crafts author Hubert (Plus Size Crochet) presents a wide variety of crocheted lace motifs in this collection, which consists of a stitch dictionary, projects, and a guide to the specialized techniques of Bruges lace and Irish and freeform crochet. The projects focus on garments and accessories and include the standard shawls, shells, and hats often found in crochet books. All of the patterns feature both written and charted directions, and a guide to crochet chart symbols is also provided. Basic knowledge of crochet techniques and stitches is assumed.
Verdict The stitch dictionary isn’t comprehensive, but crocheters who are interested in exploring lacework or designing their own lacework patterns will appreciate the focus, and the sections on Irish crochet and Bruges lace may introduce these techniques to a wider audience." - Library Journal

About the Author

Margaret Hubert designs for yarn companies and book and magazine publishers including Crochet, Interweave Press, Quick and Easy Crochet, Crochet Fantasy, and Belle Armoire. She teaches at yarn shops, retreats, and national gatherings and rarely misses a national conference in the needle arts field. Among her specialties, she is a master at freeform crochet and knitting. She is the author of many other books including five books in Creative Publishing international’s Hooked series, Knits for Men, Plus Size Crochet, Knit or Crochet–Have It Your Way, The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet, The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting and The Granny Square Book. She lives in Pawling, NY. Visit her online at http://www.margarethubertoriginals.com and http://margaretshooksandneedles.blogspot.com.


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Considering the title and description of this book, I was expecting something a little more in-depth than I found within this book. I had hoped that it would delve deeply into each of the crochet lace techniques, but in stead it offered only a few basic guides to crochet lace. If you are an intermediate crocheter looking to expand your skill set, I would certainly recommend this book. However, if, like me, you are an advanced crochet looking for something more advanced in the way of crochet lace techniques, I suggest you skip this and carry on looking. Don't get me wrong, I still got a lot out of the book with its pattern swatches and projects; it just wasn't quite what I was looking for.
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I was a little disappointed with this book. Part of the problem seems to be yarn descriptions. I wanted to try a pattern which used 'super fine sock yarn' which wikipedia suggests is equal to a 3 or 4 ply. I tried some 4 ply and my tension square ended up well over twice the size it should have been. Changing hooks to get it down in size would end up with a hook too small to work with the yarn. (I've now had to find a different pattern for the yarn I bought, so haven't been back to try something finer.) I'd definitely suggest not buying yarn for any of the patterns before you've tried out a tension square in a leftover similar to what you want to use.

The lace stitches shown are good, and once you get over the US terminology for the stitches, seem to be fairly clear. The motifs look beautiful, although I've yet to try them. The ring bound format means the book is bulkier than it needs to be, but I suspect it'll have a longer life since you're not stressing the spine to get the book to stay open where you want it.

Overall, I suspect that I'll keep dipping into this book or the lace patterns and motifs which is what I primarily wanted, so 4 stars.
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By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 July 2013
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You have mastered the basics of crochet, it's time to go beyond the basic. Aim high, crochet in lace patterns that can be stunning and used in unique ways. This book contains patterns, edgings and trims and fully explores lace crochet. You'll find twenty projects included and all the techniques you need fully explained. I like Bullions and Lace, Peek-A-Boo Picots and my favourite is Solomon's Knot. There is one square pattern too and I really like Devon Cross Square. The trims and edgings include some great patterns and I loved Side Shells, Sabrina's Lace, Princess Picot, Irish Roses in a Row and Catherine's Wheel. You'll get the best out of the book when you combine stitch patterns to create unique garments. The Ruffled Circle Sweater is great (it's actually a cardigan), the Devon Cross Shawl is elegant and I loved the boutique hangers - dressing up wooden clothes hangers with lacy crochet. However, I didn't find the projects that enthralling.

Irish crochet and freeform crochet techniques and motifs are also included. So go to town with all this book provides and be willing to use it to create something different. I like the fancy shamrock and the Not-so-Victorian Collar is a great project in this section. In the Freeform section there are three tops to make - I didn't think they were very freeform - just the collar. Learn how to make Bruges Lace too, the technique and a stunning top. These last three sections are brief. This is a great book for crocheters wanting to take a leap to the next level. It's worth it. Clear instructions and photographs.
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This book provides properly "adventurous" projects - some quite challenging! but the projects are graded 'easy', 'intermed' and 'experienced' so you do have an idea what you are letting yourself in for! It has a great section at the beginning - Stitch Patterns - which gives you a chance to try out the patterns before you attempt the projects. Very clear and easy to follow patterns.
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WOW this book has blown me away!!!

I had no idea that Crochet could be so versatile and that there are so many other forms of crochet too!!

I would definitely recommend buying it, as it opens up to a fascinating world of Crochet!
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I was not impressed by this book..I was hoping to learn how to do irish crochet lace but it was overlooked entirely being given only one page..instead Margaret hubert shows us her version which is just putting crochet motifs onto a mesh background..not atal what I expected!..I was thoroughly dissapointed..the best thing about the book is the section on bruges lace which I did enjoy..
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