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Flower Loom Crochet
Beth Ham, Kristen Mangus

Annies Craft Store (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
27 March 2017/ ISBN 9781590125755
How-To Books/Yarncrafts

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


Learn how to use a flower loom and make eight beautiful accessories, as well as learning to make five different types of flower. You will need to be a moderately proficient crocheter as well, but anybody with the basic skills ought to be able to produce something special without too much effort. The loom featured is the Hana-Ami Flower Loom from Clover, although if you have one of the cheaper varieties that look much the same you will have similar results. The book opens with some excellent instructions on loom use, illustrated with some clear diagrams on how to put it together and use the various looms, finishing off, darning and more. Several patterns are given for using the different shaped looms and layering up the sizes, which is also helpful.

The projects are for a pretty clutch purse, graceful shawl, jewelry, scarf, cowl, ear warmer and beret style hat. All are adorned with flowers or have them incorporated into them in rather neat ways, and show how versatile the loom can be. Each project has the pattern in written form together with a large photo of it being used or displayed very visibly. The patterns have a skill level, finished size, gauge, materials list and full instructions. Skill levels would suit an improver to intermediate level crocheter, and instructions for how to crochet are not given, as this is a book of patterns. At the back there is a handy page giving a refresher course on stitches used for anybody needing a memory jog, but more help can be obtained if you visit their website. There is also a metric conversion chart and list of abbreviations, as well as a list of how stitch names differ in the UK and US. I have had a simple loom since childhood and never imagined that so many items could be made with the flowers; this is a useful, well produced booklet and a good reason to invest in a Clover loom.

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UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in The Bead Magazine, Making Jewellery and Craftsuprint.
Reviewed 2017