I was so pleased to be asked to review a Crochet book for Stackpole Books… Little did poor Heather (from Stackpole) realize whom she was speaking with! The book in review is Call Crochet Wraps Every Which Way by a little known lady in my life Tammy Hildebrand.
Do you all know how I feel about Tammy? Have you read in past blog posts and thru twitter and Facebook how much I love this woman? Did you know that she basically gave me my professional design career on a platter one year at CGOA’s Chain LInk when I was a little bitty brand new designer and she introduced me to all the heavy hitters in the industry?
Well, now you do… she even sort of named the book after me… we always share a room when we attend conferences together. One time we were joking around and called each other ‘conference wives’, it was shortened to CW and so you see how she named the book after me right? CW…Crochet Wraps…Moving along.
What I would like to say about the book is that the projects are so beautiful, so perfectly balanced between yarn and technique – oh, and you get to learn 6 techniques people… S.I.X. – the photography is great (love that outdoor lighting) And the model is adorable (I love the difference between her sophisticated model ‘look’ and her smile. There is a picture of her on pg.49 where she is so genuinely laughing – I love that picture!)
Here’s a story, one day I was hanging out with Tammy and I asked her how in the world she comes up with these beautiful designs… like how does she do it? She just looked at me and said, “They just come.. I know that my designs are a gift from God because I simply cannot explain this gift I have.” Me? Not so lucky in my design career. I fought like h-e-double hockey sticks for every design out there with my name on it! Laboring over hours of maybe this will work stitching only to rip it out to start again.. Oh! Back to Tammy’s book.
I love the tutorials in the back with the photos of each technique. I love each technique. I am a hairpin junkie these days and I love that section! Broomstick lace, tunisian crochet, join-as-you-go and double-ended are all wonderful techniques carefully explained, expertly photographed and artfully displayed in a beginner, intermediate and advanced project.
Here is some eye candy to get you to want to run, run out and buy this gem of a book from and even better human:
Guess what? You could win a copy Yourself!!! Write a comment and one lucky winner will win a copy of the amazing crochet book! Winner will be announced Next Monday, so you all have time to write your names and everyone coming from other bloggers… Welcome and put your name in as well!