Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Book Review: The Crocheter's Skill-Building Workshop

There are many great crochet books out there but most of us have a limited book budget. Remember that one of the benefits of Crochet Twin Cities membership is checkout privilege from Textile Center LibraryThe book featured in this blog post is a new addition to the library and Nancy Mambi, Textile Center Librarian and enthusiastic CTC member, provided the review.

Book: The Crocheter’s Skill Building Workshop: Essential Techniques for becoming a more versatile, adventurous crocheter.

Author: Dora Ohrenstein
Publisher: Storey Publishing © 2014
ISBN-13:  978-1-61212-246-5

General description:
The purpose of the book is to cover a broad range of techniques commonly used in crochet; to provide fundamental knowledge for crucial matters such as choosing yarns and fibers; to practice more advanced skills like miters, shaping with complex stitch patterns, construction, texture and color changing.

What I like about the book is learning about:

  • Choosing yarn for a project ply, drape, density and height in a swatch
  • Controlling tension
  • The process for working each stitch by looking at the outstanding photos for every process
  • Shaping motifs, working in the round, how to add texture to your work, and color changing, and finishing the project
Overall recommendation:
This book is an outstanding reference source for any questions you might have beyond the basic information found in beginning crochet books.

Thanks Nancy, for letting us know about this book. It's definitely on my reading list!