11.05.2012

Book Review: Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs

 Edie Eckman has done it again.  In her new book, Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs, she brings new techniques from connecting crochet motifs and new creative shapes.

Connecting Motifs, Connect the Shapes
I will let you in on a little secret.  I got to preview her book a few weeks ago, because she asked if I would give a quote for the book.  I was so touched that she thought of me, and readily agreed.  What I found in the PDF (and in the book) honestly blew me away.  Yes, yes, we all know you can join motifs by sewing them together, crocheting them together, crocheting them as you go, crocheting them seamlessly; but Edie moves beyond that.  Don't worry she goes through all those techniques and in detail with photo tutorials and crochet diagrams.  But she moves into chapters of sculptural joining that a flat piece turns artistic in a simple join.  Or a seemingly easy filet pieces gets interwoven for a layered graph.  My favorites in the book are the inner connectivity motifs and wheels and shells motifs (you can see two on the side).  Both are textural and colorful for stunning results.

There is really something for every kind of crocheter, whether you are a beginner or advanced.  This is one to add to your bookshelves for sure!

Shell Octagon, Connect the Shapes
Inner Connectivity, Connect the Shapes
I am going to be really greedy and keep my copy.  Instead, enter to win some colorful yarn by leaving a comment (or email or tweet me) about a new crochet technique you recently discovered and are in love.  I will pick a winner by Thursday, and email them (so be sure there is a way I can contact you (Ravelry id or twitter or facebook are fine ways too!))


13 comments:

Melody said...

I made a crochet lace hat. I'm really like learning how simple crochet really is.

melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

carmelvineyard said...

I learned double ended tunisian recently and am still playing with it to figure things out! :D

rav id: carmelvineyard

Veronica said...

I learned some interesting techniques for join-as-you-go from the book Seamless Crochet. rav id: pinkyrican

veronica.medina.addison(at)gmail(dot)com

Katelyn said...

I am just starting to learn Tunisian. It is very cool so far, and I love the new pattern that you did for Crochet Today. Got that in the mail this weekend and want to try that out! Thanks for the chance to win!
kateyhbf@gmail.com

SimchasJewels said...

I'm finally mastering the foundation stitch - single, double. I use it whenever I can.

Carmen Nuland said...

I recently discovered Bruges crochet. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm in love! (cnuland on Rav)

cveditions said...

Edie's book are always interesting.

cveditions said...

Edie's book are always interesting.

Kacy said...

I've been learning Tunisian crochet this year, and I just finished learning the bobble stitch. I love doing motifs, so I'll definitely have to check out this book.

Kim said...

I'm learning more Tunisian skills so that I can make something more complicated than a TSS rectangle!

jmo said...

I just learned cabling in crochet slip stitches. OMG I'm in love. It's awesome. (jenmo42 on Rav)

Craftymomfromerie said...

Just saw this book at the library ...i Love all her books and have few motifs that i made from her motif book...love love how they turned out...Thankyou for the giveaway..
AishShenoy

Changing Paths at 55 said...

Thanks for the possible yarn! Can anyone ever have enough yarn? And I love crocheting motifs...
Mary