Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today's Top Crocheters
Crochet Master Class presents 18 crochet techniques taught by some of the world’s best crochet designers and instructors. Each chapter focuses on a different technique, inviting you to dip in, experiment, and then apply your newfound skills to create a custom piece designed by these crochet luminaries. You’ll learn Hairpin Lace from Stitch Diva Jennifer Hansen, discover the intricate color work of tapestry crochet from Carol Ventura, and explore free-form crochet with renowned fiber artist Prudence Mapstone. Filled with expert instruction, inspiring stories, and projects created exclusively for this book, Crochet Master Class is your guide to the incredible range of crochet possibilities.
Don't be Confused by the Title, This is an Amazing Book
By Amy O'Neill Houck - January 6, 2011
Reading reviews by other readers, I think that they might have been thrown by the title of this book. Crochet Master Class may give the idea that the authors are presenting very difficult patterns, or a course of study in advanced crochet. Instead I think the book might have been better titled, "Crochet by the Masters."
This book is a fascinating for many reasons. It presents 18 crochet techniques. Many of them are unusual or underrepresented among crocheters and designers. I'm a designer with 30 years of crochet experience, and yet I'd never seen Crocheted Bruges Lace, for instance. The fact that it is relatively easy to create does not degrade from it's beauty or intricacy. In fact, I think it's the technique I'd like to try first from the book.
The construction of the book is great. Each technique is presented by a "master." The designer is profiled in a detailed biography. Then the technique is discussed in general terms, and pictures of items made using that... read more
Just what I was looking for!
By Bybee - December 30, 2010
This book gives a short description of various crochet forms. Each section gives a brief bibliography of the featured master, a very clear and fully illustrated review of the stitches and technique, and then provides a pattern to help you practice. True, as some of the other reviews have pointed out, it doesn't get into the knitty gritty to make you a top artist of a particular method just by reading this book. But, I got this book because I wanted a book that would plainly show me the differences between each crochet technique, expand my knowledge, and help me learn to do more unique crochet forms, such as Irish crochet - something not well published. The book even provides you with these master's e-mails, websites, workshop information and more so that you can pursue the next steps if you feel you've mastered the basics provided. This book was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
The patterns provides are simple and range from beginner to more experienced. I'm usually... read more
Interesting, but not what expected
By Audrey - January 6, 2011
Was really excited for a comprehensive look at all the amazing things you can do in crochet, however, this book left me wanting more. While there are several techniques I've never heard of and would love to try, this book focuses more on bios of the designers and only gives short blurbs about the history/execution of the different techniques. There are, nevertheless, pretty good row-by-row explanations of specific stitches w/ pics. If you are looking for a detailed, encyclopedic look at the techniques, this probably isn't the book for you. But, if you would like a short introduction of new skills and famous designers in the crochet world, buy Crochet Master Class.
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