With KnitWit’s latest foray into the world of fake flowers, I decided to do a book review on fibre flowers. I freely admit that my first attempt at fibre flowers came about as I got a free magazine booklet on crocheted flowers and then wondered what the heck I was going to use it for. I then had a fancy for a new tea cosy and was very pleased that my plan for “an English country garden” themed cosy could be achieved firstly from scrap stash and then with the new booklet. Nothing quite like instant gratification!
This then led to a minor obsession spree resulting in many brooches, bag charms and even a garden themed inside door-mat.
Flowers have the twin delights of being both quick and thrifty, as they are fantastic for using up those small pieces of yarn that we hoard like dragon gold. I find them really useful for making quick “thank you” style brooch gifts (knitted cupcakes are also good for this) as it can be made in an evening and always raise a smile.
As I am sure you have gathered, I love this series (no I don’t have any shares in it!), as it tells you everything you need across a double page spread.
Both these books take advantage of using different types of yarn (for example using eye lash yarn to make the centres), as well as beads to add detail. I find these books especially useful for brooches as there is a good spread of shapes/styles of flowers and with 20 in each book it is easier to settle on a flower (as it is easy to be overwhelmed with too much choice!).
The size of the books also makes them perfect for slipping into a project bag to take along to knit nights.
(3) 100 Flowers to Knit and Crochet Lesley Stanfield
Obviously this is a book on crocheted and knitted flowers! But this also has a few patterns for things like leaves, veg and bugs (which are useful embellishment items).
I particularly like the way this book has a gallery section at the front that has divided the flowers by colour, as this makes it useful to browse for us folk that don’t know our flowers by name.
The flowers are a good match for their real world counter-parts in both colour, look and size. The size thing is useful as it makes it easier to combine “bouquets”. I have a plan for a pillow that looks like a flowerbed (mud with worms at the bottom and then up to the flowers).
The back of the book has 10 ideas for things to use them for (mainly embellishments) which is good inspiration.
(4) 50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet and Felt Kristin Nicholas
Again, no prizes for guessing what the patterns are! As with the last book, there are also a few patterns on bugs and leaves. The layout is similar (despite being by different people and different publishers) with a ‘how to’, a gallery, patterns and uses (12 ideas).
I found it to be a good companion book with the last book as these flowers tend (obviously) to be much larger and with that you can play with the construction and embellishments.
Book I am most likely to recommend to a beginner
Either of the 20 to make books (depending on the preference of the crafter) as they are cheap and cheerful.
Book I most use
The 100 flowers as it is comprehensive and nice to flick through while planning projects.