Monday, February 25, 2013

The New Tunisian Crochet by Dora Ohrenstein and a Giveaway!


We've loved working with Dora Ohrenstein over the last year. She has spent a number of hours composing thoughtful Crochet-related blog posts for us and her take on Crochet is not only well-informed but expertly expressed. When Dora told us about her latest book, we absolutely had to do a post about it and offer a giveaway. It's absolutely stunning! Here is what Dora had to say about The New Tunisian Crochet:

I'm thrilled to announce the release of my fourth book The New Tunisian Crochet: Contemporary Designs from Time-Honored Traditions (Interweave Press).  It's chock full of interesting stitches, techniques and fabulous designs by Vashti Braha, Doris Chan, Lily Chin, Lisa Daehlin, Andrea Gracierena, Margaret Hubert, Charles Voth, and li'l ole me!



If you think this form of crochet is only for thick afghans, I do believe this book will change your mind.  Tunisian crochet can make delicate fabric, can be used with any yarn, and has many more stitch variations than you might imagine.

Marisol Cardigan
Mago Vest
I had a great time researching all the techniques and stitches in here -- in fact, there are 30 stitches in the stitch dictionary. You can learn about Tunisian lace, textured stitches like bobbles and puffs, intarsia, short rows, entrelac, double-ended hook jacquard, and lots more.  Every single designer came up with a spectacular project, and who would expect anything less from these stellar names? There are designs for garments, throws, a bag, booties, a ribbed scarf, and a colorful rug, 11 designs in all.


Sierra Bag

Rivuline Shawl
Interweave has done a great job with the photos and graphics on this book, and every stitch and project has beautiful stitch diagrams.  If you love Tunisian crochet, or want to learn more about it, or if you want to take your Tunisian to the next level, I believe this book will serve your purpose most admirably.  

Najmee Rug

Thanks to Dora for telling us the inspiration behind her new book: The New Tunisian Crochet! If you'd like to win a copy, please leave a comment on this post telling us what you love about Tunisian Crochet -or- your favorite project from the book and what you love about it. We'll draw a winner on Friday, March 1st and announce it in that day's blog post! Please check back to see if you've won!

Happy hooking!
Kristen


35 comments:

  1. I love tunisian crochet! Aoibhe Ni designs beautiful tunisian shawls! http://www.ravelry.com/stores/aoibhe-ni

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  2. I love the pattern on the cover. So airy! I used to work in tunisian crochet, but it was many years ago. I would like to learn new stitches.

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  3. I tried Tunisian crochet to make a cowl using a basic stitch. I didn't know it could be so versatile. This book seems great to learn more about it!

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  4. The pictures are inspiring, just got a set of Tunisian Crochet hooks and can't wait to put them to good use!

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  5. I would LOVE to learn how to do Tunisian crochet!

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  6. I don't know much at all about Tunisian crochet, but I'd love to give the Najmee Rug a try!

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  7. I love the rug pictured and always like learning new tecniques!

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  8. I'd love to try my hand (or hands) at Tunisian crochet. My mother used to do it and, in fact, made me two beautiful afghans.

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  9. Thanks for an awesome giveaway. I just started learning how to Tunisian crochet (WIP), and am trying to finish PAX by Aoibhe Ni on Ravelry.

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  10. I love that Najmee Rug! Zaelia-Blue on Ravelry

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  11. I have never done Tunisian crochet, but would love to give it at try. It seems to be a very versatile technique. I love the Sierra bag - it looks like entrelac.

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  12. Don't know where my comment went... I love the versatility and look of tunisian. I teach basic tunisian, but would love to learn more and more and more! congrats on the new book. Now to get hold of it!

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  13. I made an afghan using tunisian crochet and embroidery back when I was in high school. I still have it! Beautiful!

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  14. All such unexpected results of the tunisian technique! Love them all.

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  15. Tunisian is such a satisfying way to crochet. I can't wait to add more stitches to my work.

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  16. I love the Rivuline Shawl... so beautiful. I would love to win a copy of this book, I make tunisian baby blanktes, and would love to learn new stitches & techniques.

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  17. I love that little bag! Didn't know Tunisian Crochet was so versatile!

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  18. Love the Sierra Bag! Looks like Tunisian crochet is giving the old crochet a breath of fresh air...

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  19. I love the look but haven't learned how to do it yet.

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  20. I would love to try some new stitches especially now that I ave a new needle set up.

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  21. I love the look of the sweater vest and the bag intrigues me! Every time I see these patterns I find a new favorite!

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  22. I would love to make that Rivuline Shawl. I have never tried Tunisian crochet, but I love learning new techniques.

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  23. I haven't done Tunisian in a while, but this book might just get me "hooked" again. There are some beautiful things here, the cowl and mobius shrug are two favorites.

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  24. Love that Marisol Cardigan. Such a talented designer.

    Rav ID - JaneSezKnit

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  25. What I love about Tunisian crochet is that it gives me a different look without having to learn knitting (although I do know how). I love the Marisol Cardigan

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  26. I am so interested in this technique. I love the Marisol cardigan. Lovely, lovely work.

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  27. Tunisian crochet is a great ice breaker. Most people have no idea what kind of stitch it is and can't believe it's considered crochet. I love taking the time to explain how simply it's done for such a gorgeous effect!

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  28. I have always wanted learn Tunisian crochet and would love to win this book. All the patterns are lovely.

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  29. One of my goals as a crochet teacher at my LYS is to learn tunisian crochet this year. I would LOVE to get a copy of this beautiful book!

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  30. I love the woven texture Tunisian crochet can give. I have a Tunisian teddy bear pattern that I love to make. Looks like this book has some gorgeous patterns!

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  31. I tried a little bit of Tunisian crochet, but would like to do more. I love that Mirasol Cardigan!

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  32. I have Tunisian hooks & want to learn more. especially love that bag that is reminiscent of domino (ahem, forgive me fellow crocheters) kn*tt*ng. :-)

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  33. Tunisian was the very first stitch I ever learned and at 6 years old, I made a small baby blanket for the neighbors' new baby.

    I have just recently begun to pick it back up with all of the new beautiful techniques and patterns I've seen.

    Everything always seems to come around... :)

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  34. I am only just becoming interested in Tunisian crochet after several years of dabbling with self taught crochet skills. I feel that I am ready for a new challenge and find the designs in this book calling out to me. I have ordered a set of Tunisian hooks and can't wait to get started.

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