As the year comes to an end, I’m doing a look back at all of the crochet stuff featured on this blog in 2014. Yesterday we looked at crochet art. Today we’ll look at crochet books.
A couple of days ago in my Link Love post I mentioned that I’d reviewed Cute Critter Crochet by Maki Oomachi over on About.com Crochet. I thought that today I’d share my five favorite charming crochet projects from that book.
Established knit and crochet designer Edie Eckman has released a new Christmas decorating crochet pattern book. It includes patterns for holiday table toppers, gift wrap embellishments, garlands and more but my favorite part is the first half of the book, which consists of 9 crochet patterns for stockings.
If I had to pick one favorite book of 2014 it would have to be Leann Prain’s Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles. It looks at textiles, including a few pieces of crochet, and how various artists have transformed them into narrative-based artworks. I believe that everyone and everything has a story. I believe that there is power in sharing those stories and in re-shaping those stories. This book does that in such a unique way for a niche topic. I love it.
Heather Mann’s book Craft Fail begins with an introduction to herself that resonates within me. She writes about how she was a kid to whom most things came easily, and the result was that she immediately gave up on anything that didn’t come easily to her. That kid was me as well.
Sharon Silverman has a new book out, Tunisian Crochet for Baby, and I’m thrilled to be a stop on its blog tour. She’s dropping by today with a guest post to tell us all a little bit more about designing with Tunisian crochet.
I thought that I’d talk about a few key things when it comes to crochet books at your local library.