Friday, 1 October 2010

Its giveaway time!

I recently jumped at the chance to review a new book called 'The Needlecraft Book'. I absolutely love books and I love sewing so it seemed like an opportunity I just couldn't turn down and even better I was very kindly offered 3 copies to give away on my blog!! Big high five to the nice people at DK.




So where to start....well this is one of those BIG hardback books that look great on your bookshelf. The book is split into sections which cover knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, applique and needlepoint. I thought I'd go through each section in turn to give you a sense of whats covered and my thoughts.

Knitting
I was taught to knit by my nan (many years ago!) and so have a very basic understanding of what to do but I always struggle with reading knitting patterns and anything remotely technical. This book is great for new knitters or someone like me who needs to reintroduce themselves to the basics as it covers everything from needle size and yarn weight to different stitches and knitting techniques. What I love best though are the photos. I really struggle with diagrams and drawings in craft books (my brain just can't work them out) but I found the photos in this book so MUCH easier to follow.


There is a great selection of different stitch pattens and designs and the chapter also covers circular knitting and felting. There is also a really useful section on following a knitting pattern which I will definitely be referring to in the future. I particularly love the little knitted flower patterns which are really cute.



Crochet
I've never tried crochet before but always wanted to give it a go so I was really interested in this chapter. Again it covers in a very clear way all the basic equipment you need and has really useful photos showing the stitches and how to work them. It explains about following crochet patterns and covers openwork, colourwork, embellishments, edging and circular crochet.


I've just bought myself a crochet hook as I'm keen to give crochet a try. I'm not sure I'm quite up to making this gorgeous little dog though yet. I'll post some pictures of my attempts to crochet when I get round to starting.


Embroidery
I learnt the basics of embroidery when I was younger from my mum who also sews but I'm very rusty as I don't really use it very often now. This chapter has a great stitch gallery of different stitches which has inspired me to try some new ones. The chapter covers surface embroidery but also other types that I wasn't really aware of like pulled thread work and drawn thread work. It also covers smocking, beadwork and mirror work.


Needlepoint
If I'm honest this initially felt like quite an old fashioned method of sewing and not the type of thing I would do but it was actually quite interesting finding out more about it. Again there is a gallery of stitches and how to do them. I particlarly liked what is called Florentine work which originates from Italy. The picture below is the Pomegranate motif which has a kind of 3D effect (not sure its obvious from my dreadful photos!).


Patchwork, Applique and Quilting
I guess these are things that I am most familiar with although I haven't done a great deal of patchwork or quilting really. What I have learnt from this book is that when you are self taught it is easy to only do things one way and a bit of a revelation to realise that there are often many different methods and techniques you can use and more importantly shortcuts to doing things.



There is a huge amount in this chapter on piecing patchwork together and different designs and methods including working with curves and doing folded patchwork. There is also a patchwork block gallery (diagrams rather than photos this time). This would be a very useful guide for anyone planning their first quilt who needs some basic techniques and design ideas.






I do like a bit of applique but as a fusible bonding web kinda girl I was really surprised to learn about all the other types of applique techniques that are out there and are featured like needle turned applique, freezer paper applique, reverse hand applique etc etc. I had no idea there were so many methods. You learn something new every day! 



The book finishes with some quilting techniques - transferring designs, assembling layers etc and also finishing techniques such as binding, cording and piping and embellishments.

Phew! I hope I have given you a flavour of the book. Its a really lovely book that I think I will refer back to time and time again. It is packed full of useful information and would be perfect for a beginner or someone who dabbles in different crafts or who is self taught and wants to learn more.  I can see me using this book to teach Izzy some of the basics of each craft when she is a bit older. My only criticism would be that parts of the book feel slightly 'old school'. If you want a book full of contemporary projects to make using fresh modern fabrics this is probably not for you but having said that its a very practical book that would give you the skills you need to enable you to make those projects and it would give you the confidence to follow other patterns or try out your own ideas.

So do you want to win a copy of this book? I've got 3 to give away. All you have to do is be a follower of my blog if you aren't already and leave a comment saying what you would do with the book if you won.

If you blog about my giveaway with a link I'll put your name in the hat twice and if you mention it on twitter I'll put you in again. Just let me know on this post. The giveaway ends on Friday 8 October and 3 names will be pulled out of the hat in the usual scientific way (i.e by my children).

Good luck!

59 comments:

  1. I would love to win a copy. I still cannot crochet so I guess that I could try to teach myself?xx

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  2. Believe me this book WOULD NEVER be on my shelf.

    Looks fab and I REALLY need to be able to crochet.

    LONG TIME STALKER.

    Happy Weekend

    X

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  3. As someone who can't knit or crochet I need all the help I can get - please put me in the hat! Betty xxx

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  4. What a great book! I am a follower - count me in please! Great Stuff!!!

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  5. I would learn to crochet. Have just made some crochet rolls but have no idea how to actually crochet! I will link to your blog too.xx

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  6. This book looks really great!
    I'm already a follower
    Gill

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  7. Oooh, I'd love a copy of that book, Louise. So please count me in. If I won it I would do more needlepoint - I have done it in the past and really want to try again. I'm already a follower and will add your button ater. Sorry, don't do Twitter. Lynda xx

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  8. Me me me please - I have been to lessons about hooking, but just didnt get it!

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  9. If I won this book it would enable me to make pressies for Christmas rather than buy them...would love to learn to crochet :)

    xx

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  10. Another to add to the hat please, and another who wants to learn to crochet! Will link to your blog - Thanks! :) xx

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  11. i would give it to my boyfriend's sister who loves knitting and i'm sure would love to learn a few more things. Always look forward to see what she is up to.

    twannywun at hotmail dot com

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  12. I love to sew but can't knit or crochet, I'd love to win this book to finally be able to do both and say I made that! I will pop your button on my sidebar, I'm already a follower of your lovely blog. xxx Pixie xxx

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  13. This is a great book.
    It would look great on my bookshelf...
    I am now a follower.
    Thanks for the chance to win :0)

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  14. OOoohhh that book looks fab!! I'm following your blog and I have tweeted about it as well.

    @bootiesbydannie

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  15. I would love to learn how to crochet, your giveaway would be ideal :)

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  16. Wow, what a fab book! I'd love to learn to knit! Havent a clue how to do it so would love to learn..

    I'm a follower :)

    www.mrsshilts.co.uk / www.madebymrsshilts.co.uk
    @mrsshilts

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  17. Oooh, I would LOVE this book. How lovely looking!! I have recently taught myself to crochet and would love to do more than just granny squares, so the first thing I would do is crochet one of those dogs. Too cute.

    Then I would look at the embroidery and patchwork and see if I could try my hand at that...

    Just google followed your blog too!

    Maggy
    @redtedart

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  18. Love the book, I was taught the basics by my Nanny too. I still have an old book of hers called the knitters bible, I cherish it so much and still use it today, though I often resort to utube to get how to do a technique. The images in this book look amazing and I never learnt how to crochet, I have sleepness nights about not being able to crochet and when I do sleep wake up in a cold sweat. How lucky of you to be able to review a book like this.

    My Husband may well divorce me if I won a copy, but it would be worth it :)

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  19. ME ME...pick me! I'm following. I love to knit and embroider. I'd use this book for patterns for my kids and I've been interested to learn crochet.

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  20. And I tweeted: @xcrossthepond jollyoldengland at gmail dot com

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  21. I have always wanted to be able to make my own blanket to go over our bed. My hubby would get such a kick out of it, seeing me do something so domesticated.
    The book looks fabulous and I am now following your lovely blog.
    I have tweeted about the giveaway as well @01momonawire

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  22. I'd love to win a copy, I'm off to tweet about you now!! @pinkstarsTweet

    Ursula x

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  23. I know how to knit and crochet, so I'd flick to the embroidery and applique sections to find out how to embellish my work. And I'd have to show the patchwork section to my mum to see if it would inspire her (she started on a patchwork quilt about 20 years ago and it's still not finished!).

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  24. Hello! What a fab blog! I'm discovering my craft side more and more each day now I'm at home mum. I'm falling in love with beautiful fabric and yarns all the time, so I would love to learn about what to do with them!

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  25. I'm following your blog. I've discovered we use the same template LOL! If I won this most fabulous book I would be able to continue teaching my 3 daughters (aged 10, 7 and soon to be 4) to knit, crochet, embroider and do needlepoint but it would be much easier and we would be able to explore many more techniques. I would LOVE a copy of this book.

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  26. I love patchwork and cross stitch but have never learned to knit or crochet so I'd love to give them both a go

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  27. Looks a fantastic book, at last I could teach my two girls and two boys what my mother forgot to teach me!

    Love your blog xxx

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  28. Oh this looks fab! I've recently been introduced to knitting by my next door neighbour and I'm already addicted!!
    Now following your blog and have tweeted @pied_wagtail

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  29. I'm a follower!

    I would love to learn how to crochet - there are so many lovely things I would finally be able to make!

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  30. Would love to win this and I'd definitely make good use of the book if I won.

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  31. HI,great review, if I won this book I would read it! x Kerry

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  32. have tweeted about it now

    http://twitter.com/Craftylilthings

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  33. Hi, now following your blog :)

    If I won this lovely book I would use it to brush up on my embroidery. I was taught by my wonderful Gran many years ago but I've forgotten most of what she taught me. I'd also like to learn more about needlepoint.

    I have a second use for the book too. At my knitting group we are joined most weeks by a group of adults with learning difficulties who spend most of their days doing crafts. It would probably be useful to them :)

    Kirsty.x

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  34. Just 'followed' you!What a fantastic giveaway, Although I knit and do some sewing I REALLY, REALLY want to learn how to crochet and just can't seem to 'get' it so hopefully this would help a bit along with learning some new techniques!!

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  35. Hi, I'm already a faithful follower! If I won this book I would be more experimental with my needle, it looks like a great book! :)

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  36. I RT your Tweet about the Giveaway, does that count as Tweet? :)

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  37. I'd love to get a copy of this book!

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  38. I would learn to knit and crochet. I would love to be able to make gorgeous knitted clothes for my baby, to keep her cosy and snug in the cold winter months!

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  39. I saw a girl crocheting on the plane of a recent trip to the states and it inspired me to take it up. This book would be a great way for me to kick off a new direction to my craftiness!

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  40. And I just tweeted about it too!

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  41. Hello, what a lovely book. Think I would try to learn how to crochet first :) x

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  42. I'm a follower, and if I won the book, I would read it! Seriously, though, I'd like to learn to do needlepoint...

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  43. I blogged:

    http://quiltznhoez.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaways-to-enter-this-week.html

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  44. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/FakeGradSchool/status/26255924724

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  45. Hi, I am a new follower, and I love your blog. If I won this book, I would use it to refresh my emboidery skills and pass them on to my granddaughter. We love sewing and doing handcrafts together.

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  46. What a wonderful looking book! I promise if I win it will not just sit on my shelf, I want to try and make that cute little dog!

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  47. Hiya - I would love to win this book! I know how to knit and am just learning quilting. It sounds like there are some great quilting tips which would be useful and I am keen to try embroidery and applique!

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  48. Hi there, love the idea of this giveaway. I am a new crafter and new blogger and am trying to learn lots of new techniques so this book would be a wonderful gift for me. I shall blog about this competition - even if it means more people and less chance of a win ... annabelleserendipity.blogspot.com
    Good luck to the winner and thanks for the chance to enter.

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  49. Hi PLEASE let it be meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    I have mentioned it to everyone even the delivery man today I am a new Blogger and its all hit and M iss to me but I am just learning to knit and so far everything seems to have ended up in the dog basket as blankets , so I need all the help I can get but my little dog always warm also trying to crochet things cannot get worse thats for sure

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  50. What a gorgeous book - I'd love to have a copy!

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  51. the book looks great, and so must i say, does your blog. i have been so busy with gus and boys, i'm afraid not been checking much in the last couple of months ... how quickly time flies! i would love to get a handle on crochet. i have bought 3 (!) crochet hooks and tried it. but only managed to go around in circles and crochet tiny little 'nests'. the boys put teeny plastic animals to bed in them!

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  52. I love to knit, crochet, quilt, and embroider!!! I would let inspiration be my guide! thanks for the chance to win! I am a follower!

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  53. I am a Follower and I would really LOVE to win this book. I know how to crochet and would love to learn how to knit so this book would really help with that. But I think it would help me the best on giving me gift ideas on stitches and that sort of thing. Thanks so much for doing this.

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  54. If I won a copy it would be a 40th birthday gift for my wonderful best friend JoJo. She lives in Tokyo and is coming over from Japan for her birthday in December and she LOVES sewing enormously - she's just invested in a super-duper sewing machine!

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  55. Oh! I forgot to add that I'm following your blog, have linked to this giveaway on my blog - http://super-lucky.blogspot.com and tweeted (@superluckydi) :)

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  56. What a fantastic book, even though I can knit fairly well, I would love to be able to crochet and my daughter in law is fantastic at it so when she visits me next is going to show me how, it would be great to carry on knowing I have a book to follow on with and make it more skilful. Thank you for this opportunity :) x

    @alison_1966

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  57. I've followed you for ages! I'd use this wonderful looking book to improve on existing skills and hopefully learn some new ones - crochet (=scary!) I'm sure I'll soon be producing lots of things for my little girl :)

    Hope you're feeling better x

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  58. I would love to win a copy, looks like a great book! I'm just learning to crochet and would definitely try to make that dog, so cute!

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  59. would love to win - would expand my knitting skills hopefully as I'm just too slow and clumsy for words!

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