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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Jun 24, Carolynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: Edie Eckman is a crochet wizard. I crochet--I've crocheted for about 65 years, but joining motifs intimidates me and I have never been able to figure out a systematic way to get those little beasties under control. Edie shows me how in step by step procedures. What's more, these procedures are transferable to the next set of different motifs, so you can modify and adapt your joining pattern to suit your current needs without having to give up your first-born breathe easier, Charlie!
Most of u Edie Eckman is a crochet wizard. Most of us can follow a pattern pretty well. Some can even get creative in one area or so.
But Edie Eckman is creative in just about all the areas of crochet I've seen her in. So as far as I'm concerned, she's a crochet wizard. If you are interested in learning how to join odd-shaped motifs together, this book is a must-get for you. Nov 04, Bridgett rated it liked it Shelves: Connect the shapes was delivered to me on Halloween for a review. Before I begin though: My book got delivered on Halloween.
It rained cats and dogs that day! Nobody was home to receive the book, so it had to sit outside on the front porch, where it got rained on. So it did sustain a bit of water dam Connect the shapes was delivered to me on Halloween for a review. So it did sustain a bit of water damage.. Just in case you were wondering The pictures were taken by my daughter with her i-pod I have been crocheting for a long, long time!
I do love it occasionally in between the knitting projects I tackle.
The tips in the first part of the book are very good! I liked how nicely it was explained and I like "voice" of the book very much. It is rather a bit amusing and not as dry as some instructions books can be. The author has definitely a sense of humor about things, that is always a good thing, if you ask me.
The motives themselves range from tried and true Granny squares to off the cuff new and exciting. I have to say: I am a rather traditional girl to begin with and not a huge fan of motive work, but there were a few little motives in this book I might try out after all. And if you know me, then you know that is saying something. The information given in the book is well written and easy to understand. The instructions are clear and easy to follow as well. It is wonderful that the book gives you written instructions as well as charts for the motives. This way everybody can use it.
It is a great help for people who want to teach themselves how to read a chart, as they can compare the written instructions with the charts and figure out how it all works! The emphasis of the book is on how to join crochet motives together. There are so many different ways and now they are all explained in one compilation! I don't have to run to the internet, or grab twelve different books from the shelf if I had them I can grab one book and compare right there in one sitting how best to connect what I have got.
Not only does it tell you how to connect the motives given in the book, but it does encourage you to try it out on any given motive you may run across. It definitely is a confidence builder! Now if you are a seasoned crocheter, you may have no problem figuring out where to best join two motives, but are you really utilizing all the methods you know?
I have been crocheting for a long time and I do have my "standard go-to" methods. I am happy to be reminded of all the other ways. One can only keep so much information in one's RAM after all!
Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected by Edie Eckman Spiral-bound $ Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: circles. If you're like many crocheters, you love to stitch motifs but dread the process of joining them. But connecting one motif to another can be as exhilarating as.
LOL the rest is delegated to the hard drive. It is accessible, but it will take a bit of probing and searching to find it! With this book you got it right there!
So don't write this book off, even if you are a seasoned crocheter! Another really fun point this book is making for both seasoned and novice crocheter is about colour choice and placement. You get to see some of the motives in different colour combinations and it really brings home how different something can look with just a few changes in colours used, or where you place them!
The book itself is a bit big to easily tuck it into your crochet bag, so it is more something to read at home in your fiber-corner. I am also not a huge fan of the spine in combination with the spiral binding. I prefer the spine open when there is a spiral binding, that way you can flip to the page and open the book all the way round without worrying about a spine.
Also it is easier to flip the pages, if there is only the spirals and not a spine in the back. I'm always worried a page will tear out this way On a very personal note: I love that the emphasis in this book was on tips and technique rather then on giving patterns for projects. It does have a few patterns in the back, but really the important part are the blocks and how to join them!
Often guide books hide the instructions for new techniques, or tips in patterns and I find that rather tedious. This book gives you what you need and then some on top. Get help with techniques an if you like, try it out on a pattern or two! I ADORE the lampshade pattern and the little skirt pattern from the book and have added them to my list of things to make! Overall I would give this book three stars. I definitely liked the book over all. If you are new to motive and block crochet you will get a lot out of it and I would definitely recommend it to new crocheters. If you have been crocheting for a while, go check out the new motives in the book!
You will have fun playing around with them and coming up with new ways to use them! Crochet is definitely moving forward and with people like Edie Eckman working tirelessly to spread the word and come up with new and exciting things crochet definitely is making it's way towards center stage and away from the "Granny" image!
This book mostly covers connecting motifs of the same shape. If you want to join motifs of varying shapes or sizes, this doesn't really help. I love to crochet and this book has a lot of pretty motifs. Sep 13, Lauren rated it really liked it Shelves: Enjoyable techniques, and helpful. Jun 02, Marie Segares rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book was a pleasant surprise for me. I expected a short book with suggestions for interesting ways to join crochet motifs, and what I found was a collection of over crochet motif patterns along with many tips and tricks for making more polished motifs and joins.
The first part of the book, Techniques, is filled with ideas for starting to crochet in the round, reading symbol patterns, starting and ending rounds, weaving in ends, color theory, choosing yarn, planning increases, arranging shapes, multiple methods for joining motifs in progress and while they are finished , forming continuous motifs, and blocking. While some of this information is also available in Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs, if you love crocheting motifs and are always looking for ways to make your projects look even better, this section will help take your motif crocheting to the next level.
The next part of the book, Motifs and Joins, includes both motif patterns and suggestions for joins. Each pattern is written with both U.
The patterns are organized into different sections based on construction and appearance. The third part of the book, Patterns, includes 12 projects. All but one of these projects includes new motif designs. The Lacy Skirt is my favorite of these projects and would be a great wardrobe staple. The book ends with a motif directory which includes a thumbnail of each motif in the second section so it will be easy for you to locate your favorite patterns.
The book is a spiral-bound hardcover, so it stays open while you crochet. Overall, this is a great book for crocheters who like to make motif patterns and other portable projects.
Please review your cart. Admittedly, if you are a beginner, this book may overwhelm you. Return to Book Page. So it did sustain a bit of water dam Connect the shapes was delivered to me on Halloween for a review. It also will be easy to take the ideas to any project or design you wan Love this book!! Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Would you like us to take another look at this review?
There are tips sprinkled throughout, and while the joins work with specific motif patterns from the book, a careful reader could learn a lot about adapting joins to different motif patterns. I would also recommend it to crocheters who prefer international stitch symbols, as well as beginners hoping to advance their technical skills. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.
My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. Nov 29, Shala Kerrigan rated it it was amazing Shelves: In the first part of the book, the author goes over the basics about how to read international crochet notation or charted patterns and combine that with a text pattern for very clear instruction on how to work the pattern. She discusses color theory and balance, then gets into the techniques.
Joining motifs, especially those with picots, mesh or lace edging can be tricky. With a solid edge, you can just slip stitch, sew or single crochet the motifs together. Join as you go or JAYGo edgings can be more difficult. She walks you through, step by step with clear instructions and good photographs with bright yarn that's easy to see how to do those joins in a few different methods. Advanced beginning and intermediate crocheters will appreciate the clear instructions. I learned a few things that make for smoother, nicer joins. She also discusses ways to adapt a pattern to a bulky yarn, or for a different effect.
Some threads for example would make picots too tiny to join with the chain 3, so she suggests up sizing those picots. For bulky yarns and bigger motifs, they can become distorted, for those, she suggests ways to reshape the corners for less distortion. My favorite crochet books aren't full of patterns for finished projects, they are stitch techniques and motifs for creating my own projects.
This book is going on that shelf. The one with the stitch guides and motifs that I refer to when starting a new shawl or another project. My favorite motifs are the kind that tessellate together nicely which means 3, 4 or 6 sides. There are a lot of them in this book. In fact, as the cover says, there are total motifs and most of them are tessellating motifs that can be joined directly together.