Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet Review & GIVEAWAY

Just released - Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet: 75 projects to make your own mini world by Lesley Stanfield. This is a new and updated edition of the best-selling version published in 2011. It features a delightful assortment of birds, bees, butterflies, flowers, fruit and vegetables to knit or crochet. The first section provides useful information about yarns, needles, hooks, symbols, abbreviations and terminology. It also serves as a refresher course of basic techniques. Use it to brush up on knitting and crochet skills. A 20 page directory showcases the 75 beautiful designs in this book. Its pages are organized by theme, for example, Spring things and Woodland walk. Browse through the collection, choose the design you wish to make and then refer to the provided pattern number. The patterns are organised into separate knitting and crochet sections. All patterns have full instructions, including skill level and pictures. Only small amounts of yarn are required. Crochet instructions are given in two formats - written and charted. Lastly the author demonstrates 7 clever ways of using her designs. She shows that with a little imagination these gorgeous handmade items can be used to adorn garments, accessories and much more. I especially like the tea cozy, goldfish aquarium and Christmas dove projects. I love how Lesley uses stitches to create pattern and texture, along with colorful yarn to make realistic designs. In some cases she embellishes her designs with sequins, buttons or beads - like the sweet little goldfish with orange sequins sewn on for scales. An amended table of contents is shown below. I have individually listed every pattern - you won't find this anywhere else. Publisher Search Press released the 128 page paperback on May 4, 2021. An electronic version is also available. Get your copy below!


C O N T E N T S

Forward/About this book

BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Materials and equipment
Crochet symbols
Abbreviations
Terminology and aftercare
Notes on knitting
Notes on crochet
Additional know-how

DIRECTORY
Spring things
Hedgerow flowers
Leaf fall
Bugs and beasties
Butterflies
Rock pool
Fruit bowl
Vegetable basket
Woodland walk
Midwinter

INSTRUCTIONS

Knitted designs
Blue tit
Dove
Easter eggs
Grey nest
Swansdown
Peacock butterfly
Large blue
Common blue
Fritillary
Coral
Fan seaweed
Scallop shell
Starfish
Sprat
Christmas rose
Mistletoe
Holly leaf and berries
Elder leaf
Maple leaf
Elm leaf
Beech leaf
Whitebeam leaf
Poplar leaf
Loganberry leaf
Loganberry
Lemon slice
Smooth caterpillar
Striped caterpillar
Slug
Honey-bee
Bumble-bee
Fly
Acorn
Field mushroom
Fly agaric


Crochet designs
Pigeon feather
Hen's Egg
Straw nest
Feathered nest
Large white
Clouded yellow
Brimstone butterfly
Golden hairstreak
Camberwell beauty
Pebbles
Sardine
Goldfish
Sea Anemone
Branching seaweed
Ear of wheat
Kapweed
Foxglove
Sweet pea
Buttercup
Primrose
Ox-eye daisy
Clover leaf
Oak leaf
Nettle leaf
Strawberry leaf
Strawberry 
Lime and leaf
Olives
Red pepper
Sweetcorn
Chilli pepper
Yellow squash
Striped squash
Apple
Snail
Beetle
Ladybird
Furry caterpillar
Spider
Dragonfly
CEP mushroom
Waxcap
Christmas star
Snowflakes


PROJECTS
Project 1: Specimen butterflies
Project 2: Straw hat
Project 3: Tea cozy
Project 4: Coral necklace
Project 5: Goldfish
Project 6: Autumn color
Project 7: Christmas dove

Index
Resources
Credits


Tea cozy with olive sprig.

Back cover. The goldfish makes me smile!

Spring Things pages from the directory.

Bugs and Beasties pages from the directory.

Birds, Butterflies & Little Beasts to Knit & Crochet ISBN-13 : 978-1782219507 is available worldwide at Search Press. Search Press is an independent, multi award-winning, family owned art and craft book publisher. Check out their unique catalog at Search Press. Search Press has generously offered to giveaway a copy! One winner will be selected at random. Open until June 10, 2021. Canada & USA only. Good luck!

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9 comments:

  1. Start to Quilt would be wonderful to look at
    jan

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  2. Would enjoy reading "Twenty to Make: Sugar Flowers". Very impressive sugar work!

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  3. I also like the Fairytale Blankets to Crochet. The patterns are so cute.

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  4. Maybe how to knit haven't knitted in 20 years could use the reminders.

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  5. I'd love to get the A to Z of Stumpwork book. Looks intriguing!

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  6. The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery. So many choices.

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  7. I think a book like Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft Business could come in handy.

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