Last year, Sharon Silverman contacted me about contributing crochet designs for her upcoming book, Beyond Basic Crocheting. She asked me for a beaded project and a motif based project. I happily agreed to the project ideas. I designed a beaded crochet shawl using Plymouth Yarn's Baby Alpaca dk and small silver beads (6 hex), and a mofit based jacket with a motif I designed specifically for this jacket. The lines of the square (motif), when joined with a group of squares, has an optical illusion - your eye changes focuse to the diagonal lines, rather than the focal point when looking at one square. You'll need to see the jacket to understand what I'm desribing - this jacket sample uses Plymouth Yarn's Wildflower dk.
Rita Weiss, the president of Crochet Guild of America, has shared a beautiful review of Beyond Basic Crocheting.
"All crocheters--but especially visual learners--will love this book, as it
is filled with detailed technique photographs to guide the reader who wants
to learn more advanced techniques such as crocheting with beads, tunisian
crochet, crocheting with wire, felting and more. In addition there are
patterns for great projects including an elegant beaded wrap, a trendy scarf
and a lacy wire necklace.
A must-have book for the crocheter who wants to take her skills to the next
President, Crochet Guild of America
The front cover of the book features my beaded shawl design. The book is due in stores September 2007. When it becomes available I will post an announcement here first.