I work with an amazing group PR people, advertisers, and publishers that I’m incredibly thankful for. So when one of my favorite publishers contacted me about reviewing books geared towards crafters, I just about squealed.
The first round of books I got to review were The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide and The Complete Guide To Machine Quilting.
Let’s talk about The Handknitter’s Yarn Guide first. I’m a crochet person and I always thought that there were only three kinds of yarn: acrylic, cotton, and wool. Why I thought this is beyond me, but this book set me straight.This is NOT a tutorial book, it’s a guide for yarn.
It has every kind of yarn you could imagine, pictures of what it looks like when used, pros/cons, use/care and a yardage guide. I know this may sound strange, but the former yearbook editor in me loves the layout of this book. This book is perfect for you crochet and knit junkies who like to change things up and make more than the occasional hat or scarf.
The second book, The Complete Guide To Machine Quilting, actually came in handy with the chevron quilt I’ve been working on. I briefly considered sending my quilt to be finished by a “pro”, but this book helped me have a little more confidence in my ability to complete it by myself.
This book gives detailed pointers on how to approach machine quilting for a first timer. The tips on creating patterns, choosing batting, and finishing projects are amazing. This book isn’t for a complete sewing novice though. You’ll have to know the basics and have a few projects under your belt before attempting machine quilting because those fancy designs can be tough!
I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to create those amazing patterns on their quilts that were too afraid to before. Hopefully I’ll be as good as my grandmother with more practice.
I’ll have the opportunity to review more craft books in the future. If you have any questions about either of these books, let me know!
**What up FTC!?** I was perked with copies of both books in exchange for a candid review by the publishing company. I was NOT monetarily compensated for a positive review of these books. All opinions expressed are my own.