Saturday, May 17, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: The New Tunisian Crochet


Attention, all the crocheters out there:
This book The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein  is a treasure.



Besides great patterns and a big portion for a stitch dictionary, it covers a wide range of topics including the known history about this technique, where and when it is thought to have originated, technique how to, stitches to explore and more.  If you want to learn, already know how to, or just want to try more of this technique you will find this book an interesting and useful reference.

Here is some of the history for you. Isn't it a cute dress? It is an old design, but don't you think it is also kind of modern?



Examples of early tunisian crochet
Although the origins of Tunisian crochet are  unknown, what history we do know is described in the beginning of this book.  I love when books have this, I am fascinated with the history of all fiber arts.  If you truly are a history buff, this book gives you many sources for a more in-depth look on this subject.  Check them out to find more.

The book is complete with techniques specific to Tunisian crochet such as working with double -ended hooks and using short rows to create a circle.  In this section it also describes how to do colorwork, entrelac, and even combine regular crochet with Tunisian.  This is where a beginner can use this book to advance their skills.     


Tunisian and Regular crochet
Short Rows
The stitch dictionary is complete with pictures of swatches, written instructions, and a chart for 33 stitches including cables and lace stitches. Yes, it is crochet, you are reading it right! I am so impressed with this section of the book even the most complicated stitches are broken down step-by -step and explained in words followed by a chart.  My favorite stitch is the Lace Wave. I think, it is so beautiful!    

Lace Wave Stitch

Here is a peek at some of my favorite projects from the book.

Terra Hat and Mitts by Lily Chin

Mago Vest by Charles Voth

Ariadne Sampler Throw by Lisa Daehlin

Sierra Bag by Margaret Hubert

There is such a variety of projects and information that it worth buying for many reasons. I am keeping this one. 
Check Crochet Insider and Dora's Ravelry group to follow what else she is up to. Maybe you catch her class schedule and take a class with her.

Written by Lynn Bloch.





No comments:

Post a Comment