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Book Review: The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet

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I got this book, The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet, a while back for my birthday, and I have been meaning to share my thoughts about it. Overall, it’s a fun book.

The beginning of the book gives some basic tutorials on crocheting, which is helpful for anyone getting into crochet. I have heard some negative reviews on Amazon, stating that the book isn’t very good for someone brand new to crochet, so keep that in mind.

The book also has several crochet projects, and some of them are actually cool (Sometimes things that label themselves cool are actually quite the opposite. There’s a pattern for a beanie hat, a scarf, a couple of blankets, different purses, and some other fun items. The wide variety of projects makes it good for me, because I like to try new things.

As I said, on Amazon, there were several negative reviews, but overall for me, I love The Cool Girl’s Guide to Crochet.

Just thought that I would let everyone know that Craft Tutorials has moved to crafttutorials.net

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While browsing through the “returned-today” area of our local library I found this book. It’s called “complete feltmaking – easy techniques and 25 great great projects” by Gillian Harris, ISBN 1-84340-369-2.

The inside flap reads; “Complete feltmaking covers all aspects of feltmaking, including making flat felt, creating 3-D shapes, felting klitted work, needle felting and slightly more advanced techniques such as cobweb felting. From a cheerful polka-dot bag and plush slippers to a whimsical mobile and heart-warming tea cosy, this spirited primer offers a vibrant range of projects for beginner and advanced felters. Once the crafter has become comfortable with basic techniques, she/he can graduate to more complex felting projects in the advanced chapter. Each technique is crafeully explained in detail with step-by-step instructions and accompanied by several innovative projects to keep you constantly inspired. This book includes everything you need to bring felt to your wardrobe and home.”

If you are interested you might also want to check out her website here .

And I don’t have anything to add to that, enjoy the pictures.

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Book review

Yesterday Paul and I went on the plane to Auckland for the day. We went to see some customers for our business and had the rest of the day off to cruise around the city. It was lovely being back in the “big smoke”; lots of inspiration, beautiful shops and just the general pace of life is different than the small town I live in. Don’t get me wrong I would never trade the quieter lifestyle I have now for the polution and chaos of the city but it’s nice to get out and about. After our meetings we hopped on the ferry that takes you from the North Shore into the City. It was such a nice day 24C, the sun was shining and it’s fantastic to see the skyline from the water. I always seem to forget how much I like being on the water.

After a quick lunch we popped into this lovely big (airconditioned) bookstore, I was heading straight for the arts and crafts section leaving Paul at the magazines. They had a great selection but I had to settle on this one The Home Guide to Craft by Katherine Sorrell. It has 432 pages with beautiful photo’s and clear tutorials. I love it! I love it! I love it! I love it so much I don’t even know where to start, they are so many techniques I want to try out. It has all these cool things like acrylic moulding, screen printing, paper making and glass painting in it,

Anyway here are some pretty pics to get you excited!!

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 xasting & moulding

 silkscreen

 felt

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