{Book Review} Colorful Crochet by Marianne Dekkers-Roos

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Photo Credit – Marianne Dekkers Roos

I was honoured to be asked to be part of Marianne Dekkers Roos blog tour for her new book Colorful Crochet. I have followed Marianne on Instagram for a while now, so i was thrilled to discover she was writing her own book. It is so wonderful to see fellow crocheters and friends doing well in the Cro Pro field.

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Corner to Corner Granny Square

This book is fabulous for a number of reasons –

  1.  It’s full of colourful crochet patterns and designs – jam packed with over 20+ projects
  2. There’s something for everyone from designs for the home to accessories to wear
  3. The instructions are CLEAR, really clear, which is great for beginners and pros alike
  4. Charts are included! yay! i love charts. :)
  5. The designs are named after special women in Marianne’s life. How lovely is that!? :)colourful crochet bookMy two favourite designs from the book are the Corner to Corner Granny Squares and the beautiful flower motif (pictured above) that is used for a a few different projects. If you’re looking for a bright and colourful crochet book with a variety of designs, do yourself a favour and grab a copy of Colorful Crochet. Congratulations Marianne. xx

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    Photo Credit – Marianne Dekkers Roos

 

{Crochet} Vintage Style Crochet Projects Giveaway

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Tuva Publishing and Agnieszka Strycharska have been kind enough to send me some beautiful books to play with plus an extra copy of Vintage Style Crochet Projects to give away to one of my lucky followers. Seriously, this book is beautiful! Chock full of great projects and stunning photography, this book is both pretty and practical. All of the projects are made using DMC Natura Just Cotton, which is available at Yummy Yarn and co. To be eligible to win a copy of this book all you need to do is visit Instagram and follow @niebieskachata and @tuvapublishing, repost one of my images regarding this giveaway and then add the hashtag #vintagestylecrochetgiveaway to it, so that i know to add you to the draw. This giveaway is open to everyone and will be drawn on the 8th of January at 6pm. Results will be posted on my IG feed and on Facebook at 7pm eastern standard time. Good luck everyone.

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The Guest Book

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I purchased a little guest book a while ago. I loved the layout, but the cover was boring! A friend suggested covering it with fabric and said it was simple to do. I was skeptical. I mean, I’ve worked with contact before and I probably don’t have to explain why I hate the sticky stuff and the air bubbles that haunt me. *sigh* Anyway, I thought it was worthwhile trialling the technique on some cheap notebooks.

Here is how I did it : 1. Cut fabric to size leaving a couple of cms around the edges 2. Cut off corners leaving enough fabric to fold over. I also cut a couple of wedges at the spine 3. Using fabric adhesive spray I covered the book and the fabric and carefully laid book onto the fabric. NO BUBBLES! Yay!! 4. Using mod podge I secured the corners and inserted the flap at spine. 5. Add ribbon using mod podge 6. Finally, i cut a sheet of paper to fit across the inside cover and first page to cover up the mess and then the same step for the back inside cover…sorry I didn’t take a pic of this step. All done!!20121026-115836.jpg20121026-115853.jpg20121026-120122.jpg20121026-120142.jpg

I chose classic black and white for the guest book….with a little red, of course! 😉 I’m really pleased with the result and much nicer than the old boring cover.