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Crochet Your Christmas Baubles

David and Charles (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
14 July 2016/ ISBN 9781446305799
How-To Books/Crochet

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Have fun during those long autumn evenings making your own tree decorations this year. There are twenty-five projects to make in this book by five different designers, so something for many tastes and themes. This is not a book for beginners, and some of the projects are quite complex, belying their small and deceptively simple appearance on the cover. Anybody who classes themselves as intermediate will have no trouble, however, and some are suitable for improvers. None uses a lot of yarn so are ideal for using up leftovers from larger projects. Turn to the back and you can find lists of abbreviations, some UK/US terms (this is primarily aimed at the UK market) and stitches. These are mostly described in words rather than diagrams, but there are more diagrams for joining techniques and embroidery stitches. Good eyesight is required here as the print is tiny and rather thin, giving it a gray appearance.

The projects are grouped in themes, each by a different designer. There are fun characters from Santa’s grotto, sophisticated red and white Scandinavian baubles, fairy tale folk and animals, cute snow characters and a white/pale selection of tree, snowflake etc. Each section features a page of photographs showing each item, and additionally there is a page-sized picture of every finished piece. Projects are in written form with size, list of what you need and full instructions. The individual pieces are written consecutively so one starts when another stops, keeping down the size of the book. The whole range will please modern tastes and traditionalists alike and is sure to have wide appeal.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016