Crochet Stories (book reviews and GIVEAWAY)

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Dover has a series of books called Crochet Stories that combine the sharing of popular stories with amigurumi crochet patterns for the characters in those books. Each of these books is really adorable. The stories are well-known and offer nostalgia for many readers. The characters are inspired, creative and yet easy-to-make. The books offer a great opportunity for a crafter to read the stories to children and also give them their own handcrafted versions of the characters so that they can act out what they hear.

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Twinkie Chan’s Super Cute Crochet Patterns for the Home

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One of the first books that I ever reviewed on this blog was Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies by Twinkie Chan. I was enchanted by the way she applied crochet ideas to making food-related art that was also wearable. I’ve followed her work ever since, always intrigued by what she’s creating whether it was her free patterns for Michael’s or her artistic imagery showcasing her creations. So, it’s no surprise that I’m in love with her new book, Twinkie Chan’s Crocheted Abode a la Mode, in which she has applied her crochet food-making talents to home decor.

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New Takes on Crochet from an Old Book: Del Feldman’s Crochet Discovery and Design

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When the book arrived, the first thing that I noticed was that the cover image looks just like a crochet mandala! I can’t remember now if I’d ever seen the book cover before now, but if I did, it was before crochet mandalas were popular and way before I launched the Mandalas for Marinke project. But after my initial surprise at the book’s cover, I realized that it didn’t surprise me at all, because the piece is so artistic and beautiful and this is exactly what Del, and many of the other designers from that time were doing as they pushed the envelope in crochet.

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