Skip to main content

Book Review: Tunisian Crochet Encore by Sheryl Thies

Monday, May 20, 2013
I met Sheryl Thies last October when I attended the symposium put on by the Knit & Crochet Heritage Museum in Madison, WI. An out-going and friendly person, she is also a talented crocheter and knitter. I am delighted to review her latest book, her second, on Tunisian Crochet.


Tunisian Crochet Encore: New Stitches, New Techniques, New Patterns by Sheryl Thies
Published by Martingale, 2013


I had a very positive experience over ten years ago with Martingale publishers when I participated as one of the designers in Crochet Today, a book they published to celebrate the Crochet Guild of America. Today, Martingale and Sheryl Thies do not disappoint!

She had me at page one! The word “encore” in the title gives a hint to the creative metaphor that Sheryl uses throughout the book. She muses that once the basic Tunisian skills are achieved, crocheters will develop a rhythm with their hook and not be able to put it down, much like when a line or rhythm from a song is “stuck in your head” all day long!

Not only is Thies a lovely and gracious needle worker, she is also an expert at Tunisian crochet. She wields her Tunisian hook to create drapy, flowing, fashionable designs. Her goal is to increase her reader’s confidence in this age-old tradition in crochet. Again, using musical terms that easily segue to crochet, Sheryl provides the basics of the technique in the first section, Prelude. Here she starts the crocheter on a journey into Tunisian crochet, along which she thoroughly explains the use of short rows and miters to shape and curve rows   

Make it Sing, the middle section, builds on the fundamentals with new techniques and concepts that lead the crocheter to create some amazing fashions including patterns for using bulkier yarns and large hooks for projects that work up quickly. I love the continuation of the metaphor in the catchy project titles like, Ruffled Interlude, Beaded Trill and Hummingbird Rhapsody!

Finally, you’ll find useful information required for finishing a project along with helpful resources information in the Coda section at the end of the book.

The publisher provides excellent photo illustrations of all the stitch techniques and Sheryl’s sixteen lovely designs are a bargain at the book’s retail price of $24.99.  

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

CGOA Celebrates 20 Years ~ Part 3: Juried Crochet Art Exhibits

Saturday, March 29, 2014



In August 1994, I hosted 90 avid crocheters for a weekend conference at De Paul University in Chicago that included classes taught by Bill Elmore, Joan Davis, Arlene Mintzer and more;  a Keynote Address by Sylvia Landman (Crafting for Dollars); a lecture by Annie Potter; marketplace, meals together, door prizes a plenty. An optional tour of Lake Michigan on the Spirit of Chicago was offered along with an optional post conference workshop with Pauline Turner. The most ambitious of all during the weekend was the Juried Exhibit of Crochet Art.
At the time, I firmly believed that crochet art was an amazing way to educate people about the vast possibilities of crochet. It is amazing to see what can be achieved with just a hook and flexible lines from many, many materials. Today I still hold the same belief: crochet is as varied as the crocheter who does it. Crochet art, however, moves and amazes even the most seasoned professionals when they see how artists apply t…

Wartime Crochet With Attitude, Part I

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Karen Ballard and I have a mutual love of free form crochet. We met for the first time in a class taught by Prudence Mapstone of Australia at the Chain Link Crochet Conference 2011. I admire Karen's vast knowledge of needle work history and am grateful for her willingness to share with us as my guest blogger this week.
World War 1 Attitudes About Crochet by Karen Ballard
In 2008, I coined that term, "Workbasket Campaigns" to describe the organized efforts during World War I (WWI) and World War II (WWII) coordinated through the American Red Cross {ARC} and the Navy League to create needle crafted items.  These items were mostly knitted but also sewn, quilted, and crocheted for, or in support of, the military, wounded, allies, refugees, and the patriotic home-front. This effort was a significant: contribution of enormous numbers of needed items to those in war-torn areas and of improved morale for those on the home-front.  
As a crocheter, I real…

Blogging is My Comfort Zone

June 18, 2012 I have not blogged in over a month...this is very unusual for me. May was an incredibly busy family month with my birthday, Mother's Day, my dad's birthday and my grandson's baptism, plus some weekend travels. I started writing for Examiner.com on the Crocheting Chicago channel and I think I put all my energy into writing there instead of here. Today, I came to my blog not knowing what I wanted to write about, but I found it to be a place of comfort, of familiarity. Once I was here, I found it easy to start writing. Today I wrote about the Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair for Examiner.com and it's where I'll be this weekend. I am excited to say that I had two art-wear pieces juried into the Garment Extravaganza: Floral Profusion shawl and Orange Sensation: Also my Coral Reef Sculpture was accepted into the Fine Art Exhibit!Coral reef Sculpture detailDetail two Of late, I've put myself on a strict diet of FOs (Finished Ob…