** UPDATE: Lucky commenter Michelle B
is the winner of the book giveaway! Congratulations, Michelle. Thank you everyone for leaving such wonderful comments. :) ***
I was so happy when Linda Perman of lindamade
emailed me and asked me to review her crochet embellishment book, Crochet Adorned
. Getting review copies of books is definitely something that helps me keep from spending cash on crafting!
I'm super impressed with Crochet Adorned. There is a *ton* of information packed into this beautiful, glossy book. Even a beginner (or brand spankin' new) crocheter could get up to speed quickly with all the diagrams and background info (on hooks, yarn, and techniques) Linda included.
There are twenty projects focused on embellishing existing clothes, your home, or yourself. Here are three of my favorites ...
First, I love these birds! Cute in a cluster, as shown here, but they'd also be cute as an embellishment on a ... oh, I don't know ... crocheted handbag. ;)
Second, this tree tote is to die for! You could totally use up leftover bits of yarn for the tree tops. Adorable times four!
Third, I *love* this tank top mod. I really really want to do it, but all my yarn is too fat. I started making the motifs and the flowers were bigger than my head! Once I can get my hands on some fine or super fine weight yarn, I've got some tank tops that are going to get cut up (I originally typo'd "cute up" which is right, too).
The best part of the book is that Linda included 40 pages (I counted them!) of additional trim, motif, and patterned crochet stitches for you to use in projects the book inspires you to create on your own. These are all supplemental to the trim, motif, and patterned crochet stitches in the project section of the book.
Each stitch is shown in a large diagram, in written form, and as a crocheted swatch. Totally helpful for not only duplicating the stitch on your own, but for picking out the right one for the project you're doing.
In fact, when I gave up on my ginormous flower motifs, I thought a simple yoke band with a scalloped edge might be cool for a stretched out t-shirt I won't wear anymore. I used the Mini Scallops pattern to edge the single crochet. I'm still not 100% sure this *specific* shirt-mod is going to happen, but Crochet Adorned definitely has me inspired enough that I know *some* shirt-mod is going to happen eventually. :)Giveaway
Leave a comment on this post before I disable commenting on Wednesday, August 19th telling me what piece of clothing you would like to modify with crochet embellishments for a chance to win a copy of Crochet Adorned.