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Crochet Yourself a Garden

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If you love crochet flowers (and who doesn't), Crochet Garden by Suzann Thompson is a must have.

A follow-up to Crochet Bouquet, Crochet Garden contains more whimsical designs and 3-demensional flowers, leaves, butterflies and forms. Some of my favorites are:

I'm a fan of irises in my personal garden so I was really grabbed by these "full figure" irises, unlike any I've seen before. Midi and Maxi Mums are bold, striking flowers that would be a standout in any project. The Perspective Daisy has multi-layers of petals, popping right out at you. The Van Wyk Rose is an unusual rose interpretation and a definite eye catcher. The Samarkand Sunflower is a crazy, ameba-like creation. The Poinsettia is another multi-layered sensation. Then there is an adorable Pinecone, Curlicue Sprays and numerous international designs to add to your collection.

Ms. Thompson shows how to combine all your favorite flowers, leaves, butterflies, etc. into projects that have a fabulous "free-form" crochet look. I'm definitely crocheting some of my favorites to create a great purse!

Also included is a half-treble (htr) stitch to bridge the gap between the double crochet and the treble/triple crochet stitches.

And if all this isn't enough, Ms. Thompson has extended a personal invitation on page 17 for you to contact her AND join her monthly on a crochet-a-long at her book blog www.textilefusion.com/bookblog where she'll walk you through the beautiful designs from this book for at least the next two years. You're also welcomed to visit her Ravelry group at Ravelry.com textilefusion as well. In short, you'll have plenty of help to crochet your own beautiful garden.

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Tanis learned the basics of Interlocking Crochet™ at a class presented by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh. For the next 14 years she experimented with this technique – creating new designs and developing unique ways to use it. Tanis is an award-winning crocheter, an experienced teacher and a bestselling crochet author. She is a member of the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA), and has a CGOA Master of Advanced Crochet Stitches and Techniques.

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