Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs: Creative Techniques for Joining Motifs of All Shapes; Includes 101 New Motif Designs

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If you love to crochet, what could be better than 101 new motifs to add to your repertoire? How about innovative, easy-to-follow techniques for joining them together? Best-selling crochet author Edie Eckman shares a dazzling new array of motif designs and then describes creative methods for arranging and connecting your pieces into whole fabrics. You'll be delighted by the possibilities.

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Overview

Make a connection!

If you love to crochet, what could be better than 101 new motifs to add to your repertoire? How about innovative, easy-to-follow techniques for joining them together? Best-selling crochet author Edie Eckman shares a dazzling new array of motif designs and then describes creative methods for arranging and connecting your pieces into whole fabrics. You'll be delighted by the possibilities.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Crochet designer Eckman follows up her best-selling Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs with a book that teaches 100 original motif designs and a variety of techniques to join them. The emphasis is squarely on motifs; only a few patterns are included. Each motif, gathered in "families" of grannies, chains, clusters, flowers, swirls, radials and more, is shown in written directions, charted, and in full-color illustrations. While Eckman takes pains to emphasize that even a beginner can work the "Quick and Easy" motifs, most of these look quite difficult - and stunning, too, such as the layered floral hexagons or the pinwheel swirl. Different techniques of joining create unusual effects, including a 3-D Square motif. Both author and publisher should receive particular praise for clear instructions on and photos of each technique, and for including unusual informative sections, such as the problems in working with variegated yarns. That the book omits basic crochet instructions feels right - this is truly a book for accomplished crocheters. Full-color photos.
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Library Journal
Eckman's (Around the Corner Crochet Borders) specialty is crochet motifs—she has a knack for turning simple stitches with colorful yarn into something fresh and contemporary. Here, she introduces a new batch of crocheted motifs as well as a variety of creative methods for joining the motifs together. Full-color photographs of each motif are included, as are written and charted directions. As a bonus, there are 12 patterns that use the motifs and connection techniques covered in the book. This isn't for beginners—readers need to know how to crochet to get the most out of it—but Eckman may inspire some noncrocheters to learn, just so they can experiment with the techniques she describes. VERDICT Eckman's eye for color and design make this an excellent addition to any crafter's crochet collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603429733
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 10/23/2012
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 198,487
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Edie Eckman is the author of the best-selling books Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, Around the Corner Crochet Motifs, Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, and The Crochet Answer Book, as well as the co-author of the newly released Crochet One-Skein Wonders. She is a nationally known teacher, designer, writer, and editor in both the crochet and knitting worlds. She lives in Waynesboro, Virginia.

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Connect the Shapes CROCHET MOTIFS

CREATIVE TECHNIQUES FOR JOINING MOTIFS OF ALL SHAPES
By EDIE ECKMAN

Storey Publishing

Copyright © 2012 Edie Eckman
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-60342-973-3


Introduction

CROCHETED MOTIFS CONTINUE TO FASCINATE US. They can be used on their own for embellishments, or repeated and combined to create larger projects. They are usually (but not always) worked in the round from the center out. The most common crochet motif is the granny square (see page 46). Indeed, the term "granny square" is often used to mean any square crocheted unit worked in the round. Here, I use the word "motif" instead, because they can be so many more shapes than square, and they certainly aren't confined to grannies!

What is it about the use of color, shape, and texture that grabs our interest and makes us willing to stitch the same motif over and over again? Perhaps it is the repetition itself that is so soothing, or the almost instant gratification that we get from seeing a project (or at least part of a project) begun and ended in such a short amount of time. Perhaps it is the ability to play with color, without fear of wasting too much time or yarn if the results are not what we would like. Or perhaps it is the construction of a whole from individual units that appeals to us, evoking the puzzles and blocks of our childhoods.

Many crocheters love to stitch motifs but dread the process of joining them. Connecting one motif to another—or many motifs to each other—doesn't have to be the most-feared and least-looked-forward-to aspect of a crochet project. In fact, it can be as exhilarating as the stitching! And because crochet is so versatile, we don't have to stick to joining pieces only at their points or edges. We can layer motifs or add filler motifs. We can connect motifs on more than one round or join them internally, creating entire fabrics that are joined together as part of their essential structure.

In Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, I build on what I started in my first book about motifs. In Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, I explored a variety of shapes, colors, and textures, and experimented with techniques to improve the look of the motif. In Connect the Shapes, I gather motifs in families and explore ways of joining them to each other. The families usually begin with a motif originally designed for this book. From this starting point, I vary stitches and colors, add corners, textures, and layers, and otherwise morph the original into new motifs. These may resemble each other in the way of close siblings—or somewhat distant cousins. Joining the motifs in new and surprising ways carries them even further from their origins, and in this book I delve into many methods of joining, exploring both the design and technical aspects of creating a whole fabric from individual units. And finally, I include projects that demonstrate some practical uses for these connection methods.

Connect the Shapes is meant to be a jumping-off point for your own creativity. Make the projects in the book, by all means, but more importantly, study the techniques, examine the samples, and try your own variations in order to fashion your own beautiful one-of-a-kind creations!

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Excerpted from Connect the Shapes CROCHET MOTIFS by EDIE ECKMAN Copyright © 2012 by Edie Eckman. Excerpted by permission of Storey Publishing. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Techniques

Get Started

Reading Charts

In the Beginning

Starting a Round

Ending a Round

Weaving in Ends

Choosing Yarn

Working with Color

Creating Shapes

Arranging Shapes

Filler Motifs

Planning Pays

Get It Together

Join When You're Done

Join as You Go (JAYGo)

Continuous Motifs

Edges and Finishing

Connecting Crochet in Other Ways

Part II: Motifs and Joins

Classic Grannies

A Little Double Crochet

Gathered Chains

Lacy Links

Layered Mesh

SC/DC

All Clustered

Triple Petals

Start with a Flower

3-D Fun

Swirls

Radiants

Picots in Plural

Wheels and Shells

Inner Connectivity

Part III: Patterns

Linen Place Mat

Snowy Shaped Shawl

Reversible Camp Rug

Mary Frances Pincushions

Layered Motif Afghan

Summer Baby Blanket

Pie Wedge Pillow

Flower Garland

Poet Vest

Lacy Skirt

Cottage Lamp Shade

Motif Directory

Glossary

Yarn Sources

Acknowledgments

Index

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  • Posted December 11, 2012

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    A sort of bible for crocheters and beginning crocheters, this bo

    A sort of bible for crocheters and beginning crocheters, this book's patterns are beautiful and easy to follow. The book brings beginners into a better understanding of crocheting from beginning stitches to more complex ones, and shows how to build upon them. The charts are reader friendly. End patterns learned by connecting the more distinct small patterns into complex motifs are stunning. This book is a must have for crafter collections!

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Great book !!

    I had trouble learning to make granny squares. This book was great and I finally learned how to do them. There is such a variety, you should be able to find any kind you'd like to make.

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