The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions

The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions

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by Dora Ohrenstein
     
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
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.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596685536
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
02/19/2013
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
265,237
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Dora's 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).

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The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
I tried my hand at Tunisian crochet a.k.a. Afghan crochet many years ago. I find this technique to be very interesting, since some of the same crochet rules apply, yet new rules are used as well. It's still crochet, but the hook used is different and the stitches almost resemble a knitted look. It's almost as if knit and crochet are blended together to create a unique look and feel. The books starts off with an informative history of Tunisian Crochet, which I thought was a really nice touch. Designer Dora Ohrenstein also includes a reading list for further research on the craft. Instructions on the basics stitches, how to increase, adding stitches and changing colors are all included here. Dora also discusses hooks used and gives a list of places where you can purchase Tunisian crochet hooks. Special techniques and effects are also discussed in detail. A Stitch Dictionary is available with diagrams and clear photographs for reference. There's a nice variety of patterns here as different Tunisian techniques are showcased. Over thirty stitch patterns are included along with eleven projects. It's nice to see the Tunisian crochet technique being brought back and given a more modern look. Patterns included are a purse, scarf, sampler throw, hat and mitts and a cardigan, among others. One of the patterns is for a man's vest, which was a nice surprise. The pictures are vivid and inspire you to pick up your hook and yarn. I found The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions by Dora Ohrenstein to be a nice addition to any crocheters pattern book collection. This is a great book for those looking to learn the Tunisian crochet technique or for crafters who are looking for some nice Tunisian crochet patterns. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and designers, such as this one, I am under no obligation to write a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for the information and patterns. However, it is virtually unuseable on the Nook. The pages are not full screen. When I double tap to increase the size to make a page readable, half the page diappears. I am returning this book for a refund. I will buy it in print.
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