Archive for April 24, 2010
I just finished reading Crochet Lace Innovations by Doris Chan. I, honestly, couldn’t put it down. Doris pulls you right in with her comfortable and familiar prose. It is as if you are talking to a dear girlfriend. I loved this approach as she explains the story behind each pattern and her introduction to broomstick lace, hairpin lace, and Tunisian lace.
After getting over my initial awe at the sheer beauty of the patterns in the book, here is a more complete overview of my impressions:
- A wonderful read – it reads like a great story, weaving explanations for each technique and pattern together.
- The book introduction includes a nice snapshot of Doris’ approach to teaching which really resonates with my soul as I have been a teacher, in one form or fashion, for years and I couldn’t agree with her more. She writes….
“Great teaching isn’t about parading your expertise; it’s about bringing someone else to your skill level along the path where you’ve just been.”
- Doris includes a crystal clear breakdown of foundation single crochet (fsc). I am finally ready to give it a try. I guess old dogs really can learn new tricks after all!
- Favorite tutorial – Tunisian fabric. It is written so clearly and with the illustrations, I can really visualize how to make these stitches happen.
- Patterns calling my name – Bozena Dress and Isabeau Top (featured on the cover). I am so anxious to try both. The Exploded Doily Lace chapter literally blows my mind. The problem is that I am scared beyond belief to make the leap into these gorgeous patterns. I guess I just need to close my eyes and jump!
All in all, the book is an A+. It is definitely a “must have” for any crocheter – even if you don’t try the patterns, you will be inspired by Doris’ amazing designs.
Copies of Crochet Lace Innovations can be purchased online at Amazon.
Crochet Lace Innovations: 20 Dazzling Designs in Broomstick, Hairpin, Tunisian, and Exploded Lace