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Book Review: Crochet Loom Blooms by Haafner Linssen

Call me a perfectionist; but I have been concentrating on making my crochet the best it can be since around 1990. I always loved crochet, but before the Crochet Gof America was organized, I dabbled in many other needlework techniques. Crochet called to me and I always came back to it. Then along came Crochet Loom Blooms!







I do admit to loving mixed media when crochet is included and this simple loom sure does lend some pizzazz to familiar crochet motifs! A sample loom made of durable material is even included in the back of the book; templates to make your own are included with instructions. I appreciated the convenience and it motivated me to give looming a try!

Various Flowers & Looms
Many types of looms are available in different sizes and shapes made of wood, plastic, cardboard or metal. They can be purchased or homemade. However, the basic principles are the same: Yarn is wrapped around the loom and the center is sewed to secure the petals. Conveniently, this book includes a starter loom that makes it easy to try your hand at flower making. All patterns in the book are made with the Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom which are widely available in craft stores and online.
Hana-Ami Flower Loom

Yarns to use and color-combinations plus clear instructions on using the loom are included with beautiful full-color photographs.

Thirty loom bloom patterns are included in this book along with 5 projects to combine the two mediums. The author explains that she focused on combining her blooms with crochet, but the possibilities are endless. The versatile loom blooms could be integrated into your favorite technique, be it weaving, knitting, macrame or sewing!





I gave it a try with the sample loom that come with the book and enjoyed it. 

Crochet Loom Blooms is published by Interweave and retails for $23.99. Photos courtesy F+W Media Inc.








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