I’m just going to come out and say it.
ABOUT DAMN TIME!
Finally, we who love crochet and who have championed the cause of crochet fabric and garments have cause to celebrate.
In this book, Urban Edge, we have everything we as a crochet community have asked for in garments, pattern layout, and photography! Editors should take note,
<<<<<<<THIS is what we have been asking for, this is what we have demanded, and the Shibaguyz Design Team has delivered.
This is by far the best written, laid out, photographed crochet book I have seen to date and yes, it has class.
Designs: I love every design! My daughter, as you know is quite the critic and fashionista and her assessment of the book was silent. She turned each page slowly, nodded, turned the page, nodded, looked up and said, “So, when you’re done with this book it’s mine, right?” (Sara took, Shannon and Jason’s front wrap hoodie class at Crochet @ Cama 2011, she expected the book to be excellent.)
I even LOVE the New York dress, made out of motifs, normally “granny squares” make me cringe because people go for the contrasting complimentary colors and the “OMG let me wear an afghan on my body” look, but not the Guyz. They make a piece that is reminiscent of modern art, figure flattering, and I would wear this one. I love it.
Layout: The book is super easy to read, the large font makes it a great book to work from, even if you aren’t blind as a bat like I am, I think crochet lovers everywhere will appreciate the large type face so that they can keep the book next to them and not have to pick it up as they work the patterns. The schematics and instructions are clear, concise and well written. I believe even a beginning garment maker could make the patterns with ease.
Photography: What can I say? Jason Mullett-Bowlsby did a remarkable job. Not only are the photos beautifully rendered, the models look great, the lighting is magnificent, and you can see the stitches on EVERY garment. Thank you Jason, you have proved crocheted fabric can be photographed well.
Concept: LOVE THIS! Urban Edge is a fashionistas tour of cities! I love how each garment is named and styled for the city after which it was named. LOVE this! Take a textile tour from Seattle to Helsinki and Taos to Buenos Aires! This book rocks the hook!
Want to know more about Urban Edge? Check out rest of the blog tour!
Cute Crochet Chat (Jocelyn Sass)
KRW Knitwear Studios (Karen Ratto Whooley)
Tomorrow’s blog tour stop: Kim Guzman! (AKA CrochetKim on Ravelry and Twitter)
Saturday’s stop ends the tour at the home of THE Crochet Dude himself, Drew Emborsky.
Guys please let Leisure Arts know we love this book, write them, win it, buy it, download it, if we want more of this we have to show we want it; the ball is in our court.
This book is my treasure and it can be yours too! I am giving away one copy here on the blog, you can enter by sending me a message using the form below! Please include your name in the message, the competition is open to readers world-wide. I will choose the winner on April 7. (And on April 7th I will be giving away another copy on Hookey.org)
And we have a winner! Still want a chance at winning a copy? Head over to http:// www.hookey.org and enter to win! You have from April 7 until April 9th at 11pm Pacific to enter! I will choose a winner on April 10th 2012 on Hookey.org.
(This is a sponsored post, I recieved a copy of the book for review. I did NOT promise to give a positive review. All of my reviews are my personal opinion and I only review books and products that I feel are worth reviewing and endorsing. )