Book Review: Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

Review:  Learn Bruges Lace by Ellen Gormley

 

 I recently picked up Learn Bruges Lace, the latest book by Ellen Gormley, author of Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook

Bruges lace is a lovely style of crochet that imitates the ornate lace work done on bobbins.  For those who are not familiar with the technique, this step by step technique book provides a simple and effective way to learn.  After a brief history of Bruges lace, the first half of the book contains 16 pages of easy to follow stitch patterns.  There are ten patterns in total, each with a picture tutorial, clearly written instructions and symbol diagram.

The second half of the book contains eight different projects.  The variety of patterns include, a bracelet, two scarves, a blanket, three hats and a cowl.  Each pattern also includes a symbol diagram as well as a detailed photo of the finished item.

Lastly, readers are also provides a metric conversion chart and stitch guide at the back of the book for reference.

I was very pleased to be introduced to this style of crochet and think that Learn bruges lace is an ideal starting point for any crochet hobbyist.  I very much enjoyed the design and variety of patterns, as well as the layout of the instructional information.  The photos are visually appealing and detailed enough for a thorough understanding of the stitches. 

Learn Bruges Lace is available for purchase through Annie’s Crochet in either paper or digital format for $9.95.  At only $1.25 per pattern, I think this book is an exceptional value. 

For more information on Learn Bruges Lace, or to purchase the book:  Click Here
For more information about Ellen’s first book, Go Crochet!  Afghan Design Workbook:  Click Here

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Free and Spooky Halloween Patterns

Although September has not yet come to an end, Halloween seems to be in full swing in every store.  Halloween is by far my favorite holiday of the year.  I love dressing up and decorating the house.

To stick with the theme of Halloween, here are some free crochet patterns perfect for the upcoming holiday.

1.  Crochet Halloween Treat Basket Pattern:  For carrying around all of your candy! 

2.  Halloween Tombstone Ornament:  Great little decoration.

3.  Crochet Ghost Ornament:  Another great little Halloween decoration.

4.  Crochet Halloween Spider and Web

5.  Crochet Panda Bear Hat:  Could be the perfect accessory for a panda themed costume!

6.   Crochet Spooky Cup Cozies:  Great for home or the office.

7.  Crochet Witch Hat