Friday, September 28, 2012

Book Review: Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

Review:  Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley


 I recently picked up Learn Bruges Lace, the latest book by Ellen Gormley, author of Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook

Bruges lace is a lovely style of crochet that imitates the ornate lace work done on bobbins.  For those who are not familiar with the technique, this step by step technique book provides a simple and effective way to learn.  After a brief history of Bruges lace, the first half of the book contains 16 pages of easy to follow stitch patterns.  There are ten patterns in total, each with a picture tutorial, clearly written instructions and symbol diagram.

The second half of the book contains eight different projects.  The variety of patterns include, a bracelet, two scarves, a blanket, three hats and a cowl.  Each pattern also includes a symbol diagram as well as a detailed photo of the finished item.

Lastly, readers are also provides a metric conversion chart and stitch guide at the back of the book for reference.

I was very pleased to be introduced to this style of crochet and think that Learn bruges lace is an ideal starting point for any crochet hobbyist.  I very much enjoyed the design and variety of patterns, as well as the layout of the instructional information.  The photos are visually appealing and detailed enough for a thorough understanding of the stitches. 

Learn Bruges Lace is available for purchase through Annie's Crochet in either paper or digital format for $9.95.  At only $1.25 per pattern, I think this book is an exceptional value. 

For more information on Learn Bruges Lace, or to purchase the book:  Click Here
For more information about Ellen's first book, Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook:  Click Here


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Free and Spooky Halloween Patterns

Free and Spooky Halloween Patterns

Although September has not yet come to an end, Halloween seems to be in full swing in every store.  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year.  I love dressing up and decorating the house.

To stick with the theme of Halloween, here are some free crochet patterns perfect for the upcoming holiday.

1.  Crochet Halloween Treat Basket Pattern:  For carrying around all of your candy! 

2.  Halloween Tombstone Ornament:  Great little decoration.

3.  Crochet Ghost Ornament:  Another great little Halloween decoration.

4.  Crochet Halloween Spider and Web

5.   Crochet Spooky Cup Cozies:  Great for home or the office.

6.  Crochet Witch Hat

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Giveaway Now Open. Lots of Great Prizes!

Did you remember to enter the latest giveaway from Crochet by Rae?  I joined as a sponsor and one lucky winner will receive my newborn baby bear hat and diaper cover.  Make sure to "like" Crochet by Rae before entering.  To enter, click here

Some of the other great prizes up for grabs:

$15 Gift certificate toward a custom hat from The Robin's Nest

This eco-friendly face scrubbie set from Cozy Corner Crochets for $2 (normally retails for $10)

One crochet pattern of the winner's choice from the photo below by  Simply Carrie

A pair of tatted earrings from Geeks with Scissors

And lots more!!!!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

New Giveaway - Enter To Win My Crochet Baby Bear Hat & Diaper Set

Crochet By Rae just launched a new giveaway to help them reach 2,000 Facebook Fans.  I donated my crochet baby bear hat and diaper set pictured below to the giveaway. 

There are lots of great prizes that you can enter to win.  To enter:  Click Here


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