Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Beginner's Guide to Needlecrafts - review

Beginner's Guide to Needlecrafts - Charlotte Gerlings

Book DepositoryDublin City Public Libraries

This book covers Knitting, Crochet, Cross Stitch, Patchwork and sewing.

The First Section is on sewing and more specifically sewing with a sewing machine. There's a good piece on fabric and how it works and also on the basics of how a sewing machine works, and about how to choose one for you.

There are some projects and it's not a bad introduction to sewing, there's also a bit on how to read sewing patterns.

The next Section is on patchwork, again with ideas and advice with some projects and some patterns.

Cross stitch is next, again with some patterns and ideas and details some of the trick and tips of the trade.

Last section is Knitting & Crochet, starting with tools, then yarn, then reading knitting and crochet patterns, gauge or tension squares, a how to calculate quantity, a quick how-to (English style with no mention of continental style)

First project is a Toddler's Ribbed hat with turn-up and pompom (knit flat and seamed)
The emphasis in this section is in the basics but doesn't mention where you can go for patterns (well not that I noticed in a slightly quick flick through the book)

The crochet is the same, basics followed by two projects, a diagonal shell pattern and a granny square cushion.

Each section starts with tools of the trade and the fabric needed

This book would be good for someone looking to explore the basics of these different disciplines and would probably serve as a good quick reference book.  A new knitter or crocheter would probably outgrow it pretty quickly, if you want to investigate sewing though, the guide on using a machine is pretty good.

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