(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

(Blog Tour) Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories by Mary Jane Hall

It’s been a while since I have been able to blog, but I have to come to share about Mary Jane Hall’s new book, Colorful Crochet Lace because it is so fabulous!

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories
Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is a collection of modern garments and accessories designed by Mary Jane Hall and published by Interweave/F+W Media, Inc. Hall used traditional lace techniques, such as fan, shell, popcorn and love knot stitches, and a variety of yarn weights to design clothing and accessories that work for women of all ages and sizes.

Hall created elegant lace scarves, shawls and tops that have a vintage, Victorian flare, but she also went beyond the expected to include other fashionable pieces such as a hooded jacket, flared hem dress and crop top. Some of the garments with more lacy openwork include the Le Chocolate Skirt, Dominique Dress Overlay and Magnifique Modular Tunic, which work well as stylish layers to be worn on top of other garments. Also, the Michelle Ma Belle Shrug and Haute Couture Peplum Top are perfect for those who prefer more solid lace garments.

Le Chocolate Skirt
Le Chocolate Skirt

My personal favorites from the book are the Brigitte Wide Belt, Juliette Scarf and Au Naturel Cropped Top.

Brigitte Wide Belt
Brigitte Wide Belt
Juliette Scarf
Juliette Scarf

Each pattern includes a chart that breaks down the anatomy of the lace stitches. Schematics are also available for the items that require seaming.  This book is designed with a French chic look and feel, and it contains stunning images that show the garments and accessories from multiple angles. The instructions are well written and contain several notes for additional assistance.

Hall concludes her book with an explanation of her Graduated Stitch Method, which she is known for using to shape her garments, along with crochet abbreviations and a stitch glossary.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 chic garments & accessories is the perfect book for anyone who loves the look of lace but has been intimidated to try making something fashionable. Also, the repetition of the lace patterns makes it easy for experienced crocheters to make adjustments, if needed.

Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories

By Mary Jane Hall

Interweave/F+W; $24.99

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Next on the Blog Tour is Jocelyn Sass of Cute Crochet Chat.  Be sure to check out her chat session and don’t miss the giveaway.

Colorful Crochet Lace Book Blog Tour

 

 

 

Stitches South Was Fun!

I didn’t get to report about Stitches South in April because I wasn’t feeling well, but I wanted to make a post about all the goodies I bought and the people I met.

It was held in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria.  I was able to go on Saturday and Sunday.  This was my first time attending Stitches, but I was told that the event was much larger last year.  I got to catch up with my former coworkers and old stitching buddies.   They introduced me to some of their friends, and we ate and shopped.

stitches haul

Here’s most of the stuff that I got.  Starting at the upper right corner:  Malabrigo “Silky Merino” in Lettuce (from Friends & Fiberworks); some pretty purple Toho hex beads (from Moss Hollow Pottery); Neighborhood Fiber Co. “Studio Worsted” Superwash Merino in Rock Creek Park; navy and violet silk ribbon 6-strand wrapped yarn (from Hand Dyed Fibers); natural 100% mulberry silk yarn (from Leilani Arts); and “Djinni Sock” 80% superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon in Heroine (from Dragonfly Fibers).  Underneath everything is a big-A Tunisian hook in size S from Bag Smith.

On Saturday after we shopped we went to the annual dinner at Scalini’s that is hosted by the Knit Witch.  I met even more people, and won one of the raffle prizes, which was a certificate for a free skein of yarn from Dragonfly Fibers.

At Stitches, I also got to meet some of the crochet designers that I have talked with online for years.  I finally met Tammy Hildebrand and Amy Roberts Shelton.  I also met Marly Bird and Kristin Omdahl.  I took a class from Myra Wood about template-based design, and I can’t wait to try her methods.  I didn’t get to talk one-on-one with Myra because I didn’t want to disrupt her class, but I look forward to seeing her again.

Can’t wait for next year.