Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway: Tunisian Shawls by Sharon H. Silverman

I am happy to review another of Sharon Silverman's Leisure Arts books, this one is Tunisian Shawls.  At the bottom of the page is a way to enter to win a digital copy of the book.

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 Tunisian crochet is fairly new to me, but thanks to Sharon's books I'm gaining confidence.  When I looked at her newest book Tunisian Shawls I was amazed at how beautiful they are, stunning.  I had to make one.  I chose the Popover Wedge using Red Heart Unforgettable I had in stash.

It was so easy, a Tunisian simple stitch done in wedges by decreasing and increasing at the ends.  The size shown fits an average woman, I am larger than average, and my gauge was a little off to the smaller side, not having a larger Tunisian hook to go up to,  for me I would have made two more wedges, if I had the yarn, and it would have been perfect.  I took pictures of it on my neighbor and it looks great.  She especially liked the neckline not right up her neck.


While making this I did take advantage of Leisure Arts video tutorial on crochet cast on. What a great help and now I've learned another technique for adding stitches.




I cannot wait to make the Cables and Hearts, it will be my next Tunisian challenge, but with Sharon's clear directions and knowing that I have Leisure Arts video help at my fingertips the only thing to do is decide on a yarn. 


Another favorite is the Fair Isle Capelet, combining the techniques of Tunisian and fair isle, wow.

Your can purchase Tunisian Shawls from Leisure Arts, AmazonBarnes and Noble, as well as major craft and hobby stores nationwide.
To see what Sharon is up to check her  blog and website
For my other reviews of Sharon's book click here.


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Monday, January 19, 2015

Day One of Formal Jewelry Blog Tour

Today starts a month long tour of blogs reviewing my current book, Formal Jewelry from Leisure Arts.  Many of the bloggers will be having giveaways for a digital copy.  I hope you take the time to visit these blogs not just for the book review but the wealth of information they share about crochet, fiber arts, etc.

First stop is Crochetville.
If you are a crocheter I hope you have heard of this blog, web site, Facebook page.  Amy and Donna do an outstanding job of sharing and discussing the crochet world of today.

Read their review here - http://crochetville.com/formal-jewelry-karen-mckenna-book-review-blog-tour-first-stop/





Friday, January 16, 2015

Is Your Daughter Looking for Prom Ideas??

My current book from Leisure Arts, Formal Jewelry has you
 covered for beautiful crochet beaded jewelry.  The pieces in the book are made using not yarn and not wire but gold and silver embroidery thread and black and silver elastic cord.
The necklace below is made with silver elastic cord and sparkling beads for the evening of dancing.  


Below are Black Barefoot Sandals perfect for the beach or pool on prom weekend.  I grew up in NJ and it's all  about the shore on  prom weekend...These give you style without wearing shoes.  There are two styles of barefoot sandals in Formal Jewelry.


Of course everything in the book would work for weddings and other dressy occasions too.

You can get your copy from Leisure ArtsAmazonBarnes and Noble and major craft and hobby stores. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Who's Planning a Wedding?


Here are more ideas for wedding and formal jewelry.  Easy crochet beaded jewelry with no wires.

These designs and more are available in Formal Jewelry published by Leisure Arts.  Available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and your local craft/hobby shop.



Double Pearl Necklace

Something Blue Garter

Leisure Arts has also included video tutorials with this book for extra confidence.






Saturday, January 3, 2015

Playing with Tunisian Crochet

In the past I reviewed two of Sharon Silverman's tunisian crochet books and have been very intrigued by the crochet technique.  I purchased a couple straight Boye tunisian hooks, they were ok but I had nothing to compare it too.  I will say the weight and length of the hook was not comfortable for me.  I asked Sharon Silverman and others which tunisian hooks they prefer, I went with Sharon's recommendation of Chiaogoo bamboo tunisian flex.




I love them, I ordered them through Four Pearls yarn shop in Winter Haven FL.  Mona could not have been nicer or more efficient. These hooks are light and love the flex.

So, I got out my trusty stitch guides including Leisure Arts Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide by Kim Guzman.

Here is the result of playing with Tunisian Crochet.

The yarn I'm using is Blue Heron Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, one of my favorites.
In the meantime I'll keep playing and see what appears. 




Thursday, January 1, 2015

Formal Jewelry Now Available



Here is my current book, published by Leisure Arts
The idea for this book came from several ideas.  I wanted to try crocheting with materials other than yarn, so while wandering around the craft store I came upon embroidery thread and thought ahhh beads.

I love classic jewelry, pearls, diamond studs etc. So I designed 12 items using beads and materials other than yarn.  There is a headband, garter, and two barefoot sandals along with necklaces and bracelets.

I love the thought that wedding parties can make their jewelry for the wedding and the bride, along with honeymoon extras.  Young girls can get together and make jewelry for their dances and formals. Of course other family members may want to make these as gifts of for themselves. 


I'm very happy with this book and the designs, you'll notice I am wearing the Classic Pearl necklace in my headshot picture.
Formal Jewelry is now available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and will be available soon in major craft and hobby stores.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Elf for a day

I recently moved to a town in Central FL and was asked to be an elf in the Christmas Parade to assist the mayor in giving out candy along the route. Some of you know I love parades, marching bands and silliness.  I've been to the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena CA, and I participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade years ago when I worked for Macy's.
I cannot find pictures from those parades but here are some from the Mount Dora FL Christmas Parade.

We had a beautiful sunny day (reached 80).  If they only knew what they were asking me...  when the parade finished our driver of the golf cart took off with the mayor and left us elves to hoof it up the hill, would you believe no one picked up hitchhiking elves, what the heck, wouldn't you??? lol 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Joann's Projects and Inspiration

Did you know that there are free patterns on Joann Fabrics web site?? Click on the Projects and Inspiration tab at the top.  I may be the only one that didn't know this.  I designed a project for Red Heart for Joann's and haven't seen it, so I started hunting around, and there it was...Santa Hat and Beard for kids. I loved designing this projects, there is still time to make it for those family get togethers.  The beard is removable so the kids can be comfortable later.