50 Sunflowers to Knit, Crochet & Felt: Patterns and Projects Packed with Lush and Vibrant Color That You Will Love to Make

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Sunflowers are bold and bright flowers that have inspired painters and designers for years. Master knitter and designer Kristin Nicholas grows her own field of colorful sunflowers and now brings the iconic sunflower to fiber life using knitting, crochet, felting, and embroidery. Included are designs for over thirty different sunflower blooms and buds in a variety of sizes, plus eight different leaf and vine designs, and a host of critters who live in a sunflower field--from birds and honeybees, to butterflies and caterpillars--a total of fifty items.

Laid out like the previous books in the series, the book includes all the useful information you need for making the flowers--which needles, crochet hooks, embroidery needles, and types of yarns to use, plus a special explanation of how to choose yarn that felts well. In the "How to Work with Color" section, photographs of actual sunflowers are translated into stitched samples that give the reader visual cues on how to combine colors in their crafting. Organized into knitted and crocheted items, with additional instructions incorporated for felting, the "How-To" section includes full step-by-step pattern instructions and charts where appropriate. The last part of the book features over fifteen projects for using the sunflowers in many and varied ways, from embellishing mittens, to decorating a grapevine wreath to a felted potholder, to making a child's toy, and more!

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June 13 Let's bring on the sun! This delightful book is packed with sunflowers to knit, crochet and felt. There's a host of blooms, buds, birds, butterflies and bees to spark creativity. There are ideas for using sunflowers in lots of different ways, to create elegant gifts plus items for the home. * Machine Knitting Monthly * June 13 As summer (by rights) should be upon us now, this is a very timely book to be making something to create a little bit more sunshine, or remind us what it's like if it is lacking in the weather. These flowers are either knitted, crocheted or felted, and there is a colourful directory at the beginning to show you what choice there is. In addition to a great array of sunflowers, there are other `sunny' flowers in a variety of colours, as well as some wildlife (butterflies, bees and ladybirds included) and they make for a bright and jolly book. About 30 designs are knitted and 24 are crocheted, with notes about felting particular flowers given in the instructions (with photos so you can see how they look). The projects vary in difficulty and would be easily adapted to embellish a design, needle-felt into a piece of work, or use in any of the 15 projects provided. It is bright and colourful and for those drizzly summer days (hopefully not too many), just looking will give you a lift. * Workshop On The Web * Feb 13 It all started with van Gogh didn't it and ever since his painting became famous, we've loved sunflowers. Here Kristin has designed many sunflowers of all sizes,shapes and colours for you to knit, crochet and felt. In this book you'll find brief notes on all three, plus embellishment and colour. The sunflowers are all photographed on colour pages, then the instructions follow. besides the sunflowers there are some insects and a robin too. There are 14 projects for ideas on how to use the sunflowers you have made. The front cover gives a good idea of what is in the book. * Karen Platt Yarnsandfabrics.co.uk/crafts *

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KRISTIN NICHOLAS is a knitwear and stitchery designer who lives in western Massachusetts on a working sheep farm. Kristin is the author of eight books on knitwear and stitchery, and is one of the "Knitting Experts" on PBS'sKnit and Crochet Now!

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