JAN EATON is known internationally for her specialty in needlecraft and textile designs. Since finishing her training at Goldsmiths College in London, Jan has worked as a freelance designer showcasing her embroidery, crochet, knitting, and textile painting designs in various UK and European magazines. Past works include the new edition of "Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, ""Country Crochet and Knitted Lace, " and "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans."
From Booklist"A familiar name in needleworking takes her latest bow with a book joining "The Encyclopedia of Crochet Techniques" (2006) and "200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws, and Afghans" (2005), among others. Eaton works her expert magic in compiling a jam-packed, every-page-worth-perusing reference that even experienced crafters will return to again and again. Who could resist 'Fix It' panels, featuring solutions to such problems as yarn that catches on plastic hooks and recycling swatches into potholders? Or the 'Try It' columns that shows a variety of decorative options. The 'insider secrets' angle extends to all seven chapters, starting with the anatomy of a crochet hook and concluding with the best tips on dealing with thick yarn ends and blocking. Design ideas, completed swatches, and step-by-step instructions, most illustrated with great color photographs, add even more value to a soon-to-be-treasured and well-worn publication. Appended are working guidelines, size charts, stitch symbols, American/English teminology, arrangements of symbols, standard laundering symbols, conversions, equivalent weights, categories of yarn, gauge ranges, and recommended hook sizes, along with a "fold out this flap," featuring a ruler, hook sizes, and crochet abbreviations."