The Railway Knitting Workbook encourages you to enjoy the journey as you learn new stitches and methods in Tunisian crochet. The workbook begins with the basics and then invites you to experiment with techniques such as Tunisian Mobius, Tunisian Delink and Tunisian Wobbel. The clear instructions will provide crocheters and knitters of all skill levels the opportunity to imagine and create. Explore and discover for yourself how much fun Railway Knitting can be.
Dela Wilkins is known as The Railway Knitter wherever she shares her knowledge of Tunisian crochet. Whether she is on board a train or a ferry, or at a community event, Dela encourages others to pick up a hook and some yarn and try a few stitches. Her user name on Ravelry is Lifecare. Dela is retired and lives in Victoria, BC, Canada.
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If you are bored of cute and sweet crochet, then you will love Nicki Trench’s gruesome, spooky and downright disturbing collection of zombies, witches, murderers, and more. There are four chapters of characters who have committed all kinds of unforgivable deeds. The first chapter, ‘Scary Families’, has creepy relatives who definitely believe that blood is thicker than water, such as the Queen of the Vampires, complete with felt crown and lace detailing. In ‘Famous Scaries’, meet classic characters like the Headless Horseman, who has crocheted blood spurting from his neck, and his horse Hades, made in jet black yarn. ‘The Living Dead’ is a creepy mix of werewolves, witches and the clinically insane, while the ‘Deathly Companions’ chapter has murderous villains and even a shrunken head. As well as crocheting your own cast of scary characters, you will find patterns for accessories including the spider bag complete with eight legs. At the back of the book is a comprehensive techniques section explaining all you need to know, which makes the projects suitable for any level.
This package will help you bring back the cro-tat technique, and includes 1 size 6 Cro-Tat hook, How-to instructions including color photos, plus 3 brand-new projects all made using size 10 cotton thread. You will love getting reacquainted with this beautiful technique. Shawl requires 1200 yds of size 10 thread; Necklace requires 350 yds of size 10 thread and Mandala requires 350 yds each of 8 different colors size 10 thread.
As a fan of crocheted afghans, you will love Blue Ribbon Afghans from America’s State Fairs: 40 Prize-Winning Crocheted Designs by Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader. Check out the great patterns on Ravelry to see some of the gems inside.
Each of the extraordinary hand-crocheted afghans displayed here in magnificent photos is a blue-ribbon winner. They’ve all taken the top prize at one of America’s state fairs-the prime public venue for showing off the best of our nation’s traditional crafts. The styles, colors, and patterns are as varied as the folks who fashioned them, ranging from an afghan with an elegant white-on-white country design to one that has a wildly kaleidoscopic motif. Crocheters can recreate these wonderful items at home, thanks to patterns, detail shots, and instructions, and experience the charm that makes the state fair such a special part of American culture. Scattered throughout the text are fun facts about the fairs, along with new and vintage photos.
Adding Embellished Crochet: Bead, Embroider, Fringe, and More: 28 Stunning Designs to Make Using Caron International Yarn by Cari Clement to your collection will provide you with hours of stunning, creative embroidery, beading and fringe work that you can add to really wonderful crochet patterns. View some of the gorgeous patterns you will create with this book.
Two of the hottest fashion trends in recent years—both embellishing and crocheting have emerged as sophisticated fashion influences. Embellished Crochet provides clear, illustrated instructions for all the fabulous embellishments included, with concise explanations and detailed step-by-step photos so you can either re-create them on the projects featured or use them as inspiration for your own designs. Each type of embellishment, from beading to embroidery to embellishing with braid, is shown in full-color close-up photography, with charts and stitch diagrams deemonstrating how to work each step along the way.
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