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The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditionsby Dora Ohrenstein
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"Tunisian crochet has been lurking on the fringes of crafters' interest for decades, after its heyday in the 19th century, and this lovely book should do much to bring it front and center again. A 'hybrid between knitting and crochet,' Tunisian crochet uses a special hook and stitches are picked up in one direction for one row, then worked with the fabric facing back to finish off the row. The resulting fabric has stretch and is highly textured. The first part of this book, designed with Interweave's usual clean, rich style, gives a complete, albeit somewhat overwhelming, overview of needed stitching techniques, and then forty pages of inspiring stitch patterns follow. The instructions are clear and precise, and all of the stitches are show in full-color photographs. The book closes with a handful of patterns with a contemporary style. Whether a reader's eye is caught by the lovely, relatively uncomplicated Marisol Cardigan or the stunning, complex Sierra Bag, one of the included designs will have her or him hunting around at the local craft shop for a Tunisian crochet needle. Full color photos. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Tunisian crochet has been used to make garments since its invention in the 19th century. From the popular childrens garments of the 1800s to the new shapes it's taking in our time, Tunisian crochet follows a rich tradition. This book will open doors for those intrigued with Tunisian crochet--both by updating older concepts with contemporary styles and yarns, and inventing new ones for today's crocheter and her family.
Tunisian crochet makes a fabric quite unlike either crochet or knitting; it is more elastic, lighter in weight, and drapes differently. It can also be stretchy, springy and firm. These qualities can be used to create garments from delicate lacy shawls, to snug hats and mitts, to jackets and skirts.
To better explore the possibilities of this technique, the book provides 20+ Tunisian stitch patterns showing a variety of possible fabrics one can create. Then 12 projects show many of these stitches at work in a variety of garments, accessories, and home projects. Several designers contribute patterns, better illustrating the wide range of interpretations Tunisian crochet is undergoing today.
Tunisian crochet is hot! Open the door and discover many designers and 30+ Tunisian stitch patterns.
Tunisian crochet, a technique dating back to the nineteenth century, has recently been making its way back into the hands of crocheters. Here, author Dora Ohrenstein presents more than 30 Tunisian stitch patterns and 11 projects, updating historic concepts and introducing innovative techniques using contemporary styles and yarns. The door has officially been opened for those interested in rediscovering this treasured craft.
In The New Tunisian Crochet, you'll begin with Tunisian stitch patterns to create a variety of beautiful fabrics you'll love. Next, follow the inspiration of some of crochet's masters with projects that showcase these stitches in a variety of garments, accessories, and home decor projects. Get ready to explore a craft that's received a fresh jolt of inspiration and insight in The New Tunisian Crochet.
About the Author
Doras designs have been published in Interweave Crochet, Inside Crochet, Knit Simple, and Crochet Today, as well as in several pattern collection books. She has contributed articles to Crochet Insider, Yarn Market News, and Interweave Crochet and has completed two books—Crochet Insider's Passion for Fashion (Leisure Arts, 2008) and Creating Crochet Fabric (Lark, 2009).
Table of Contents
Intro: Rediscovering History: Tunisian Crochet then and Now
Chapter 1: Tunisian Crochet Tools and techniques
Hook sizes and lengths, their uses
Double ended hooks
Resources for obtaining hooks
Increasing and Decreasing Stitches
Chapter 2: Tunisian stitches with contemporary yarns
Chapter 3: Tunisian Innovations
Ornate Throw (vintage)
Little Girl's Coat (vintage)
2 Hats, Shawl, Cape, Mittens
Woman's Blazer and matching skirt
3 Sweaters for different seasons
Hat and Mitts set,Booties
Color work Pillow covers
Small rug made of recycled materials
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