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.
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.
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.
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!