Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Art of Crochet Blankets: 18 Projects Inspired by Modern Makers

The Art of Crochet Blankets is a new tutorial crochet blanket project book. Released 13th Nov 2018 by Interweave in collaboration with F+W, it's 144 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.

The 'hook' for this collection is that the designs are collaborative and inspired by other arts such as weaving, digital art, fabric design, paper cutting, tilemaking, and quilting.  There are some beautiful and evocative projects here. It's impressive how most of the 18 original projects coordinate so well with their inspiration art without copying them slavishly. That, for me, was the most valuable takeaway from the entire book; that it was possible to look for inspiration and pattern design from other items in your interior decor which can be used to coordinate with textile projects.

For each of the inspiration design chapters there are 3 projects listed. The tutorials are well written and complete, with materials lists and abundant photography. The designers for each chapter have a short and interesting bio introduction.  The book doesn't include website info for the designers, but there is a short materials resource guide at the end of the book.  A short google search turns up website info and e-tailers for most of the designers in the book.

There are several of these projects which called to me.  Many of them would also be adaptable to use up yarn scraps and remnants.

Lovely book, well photographed and clearly written. The tutorials include diagram keys and instructions for the special shapings used in several of the projects in the book.

Four stars, well done!
Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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