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50 Pincushions to Knit & Crochet
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Prelims (5pp) Introduction (2pp) CHAPTER ONE / BEFORE YOU BEGIN (16pp) * The materials and equipment needed: yarns, knitting needles, crochet hooks, suitable stuffing, and materials for making casings. * List of crochet symbols. * Explanation of knit and crochet abbreviations. * Methods of blocking and joining finished motifs. * Methods of stuffing finished pieces to give structure and a nice firm cushion. * Stitch guide. CHAPTER TWO / PICK A PINCUSHION (20pp) Here you'll find all the projects together for ease of browsing and finding one you like-simple pincushions, using tension squares or practice stitches to make a stuffed pad with basic adornment, or more extravagant floral motifs with edgings and borders, all in charming, colorful yarns to inspire. There are also chunky cables and textures, personalized pincushions in filet crochet, and knits with Swiss darned embellishments. CHAPTER THREE / PATTERNS AND CONSTRUCTION (80pp) Patterns and charts for all pincushions and suggestions for adapting them. These are flagged by skill level in separate knit and crochet sections. Each pattern gives suggestions for yarns. Plans are included for more complex 3D designs. Charts are shown where needed for clarity. USEFUL INFORMATION (2pp) Abbreviations and key to symbols used in charts. RESOURCES, Index & CREDITS (3pp) Resource list for all yarns, materials, and stuffing used.

About the Author

Cat Thomas is a trained textile artist who has taught Art and Design for a most of her career. She now produces her own knit and crochet designs selling under the name of Baban Cat on sites such as Etsy and Folksy. Cat also shares her crafting experiences via her blog at http://babancat.blogspot.co.uk/

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Issue 12 - November 2014 Cat Thomas has compiled a wonderfully varied collection of pincushions to both knit and crochet in this packed compendium of designs. From a sweet beehive to hide your tape measure in, to a pretty hanging heart and a juicy knitted pear there's no reason not to celebrate with a new pincushion! Clearly written instructions, easy-to-follow patterns and beautiful pictures make this an essential book for the crocheter's shelf. * Love Crochet * November 2014 Cat Thomas has compiled wonderfully varied collection of pincushions to both knit and crochet in this packed compendium of designs. From a sweet beehive to hide your tape measure in, to a pretty hanging juicy knitted pear there's no reason not to celebrate with a new pincushion! Clearly written instructions, easy-to-follow patterns and beautiful pictures make this an essential book for the crocheter's shelf. * Love Crochet * Issue 70 Everyone needs a pincushion, and this book offers all the excuses you need to get really playful with your knitting and crochet, with 50 fun ideas for keeping your pins safe. Each cushion is so speedy to complete that they're an ideal way to try out new techniques, with introductions to knitting, crochet and embroidery ensuring you'll never feel out of your depth. The tricky part is choosing which to make first. * Knitter, The * Autumn 2014 From ladybirds to lions, cacti to cupcakes, this book is crammed with cute, practical ways to keep your sharps safe. Textile artist Cat Thomas has turned her eye to covering all your mini storage needs with colourful options that would be sweet gifts for crafty friends. There's enough variety to please all tastes, and the small size of the projects means most can be completed fast. Clever constructions give the makes as much appeal as the results and interesting techniques are all accompanied by clear instructions, with charts where required. We love the funky 60s-inspired Unstuck sliding circles, and the cunning twist of the Buttoned Down Granny. * #crochet * Mar 14 According to Cat Thomas, the best way to learn new skills is not with tester squares, but a fun piece which can be made and finished quickly. And with the 50 designs in her latest book, you won't be short of something to choose from! Who needs plain, simple pincushions when you can knit one shaped like a cactus, a plate of sushi, or a cat? And at such small sizes, they will also make ideal last-minute gifts, or party favours. With delightful photography and bags of personality, this quirky book is simply bursting with ideas. * Let's Knit * Mar 14 Ah, the humble pincushion. So important, yet available in so many different guises. In this fantastic book by Cat Thomas, you can choose from 50 different designs! Yes, 50! The photographs in here are so clear that I fear one could be put off by not managing to make a pincushion as exact as the glorious picture shows, but this is a trivial thing, no? I do like the fact that the book shows all 50 designs first, in all their glory, before showing you how to make them. As with all of the Search Press books I've come across, the illustrations and instructions are both clear and concise for users of all abilities. All crafters need a pincushion or two, at least and what better way to use up all those scrap bits of wool that are left-over from other projects and are too small to be off use for anything of great quantity. I can see me making many of these for myself and then gifting a few more too. My biggest dilemma is, with 50 designs to choose from, which one to tackle first! http://craftingnotcleaning.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/50-pincushions-to-knit-crochet.html * craftingnotcleaning.blogspot.co.uk * Jan 14 Wow! This is a fun and fantastic book with a pincushion for everyones taste. This is a very detailed book. It starts off explaining all the materials & equipment you will need. You then have instructions on the crochet symbols & abbreviations that are used. You then have notes on the knitting & crochet techniques. The book then explains joining & stuffing as well as a guide to the embroidery that is used within the projects. From there the book then leads into the pick a pincushion section. This section has amazing pictures of each of the 50 pincushions. You can see the pincushions in more detail in this section. It also gives you fantastic ideas of how the colours will look. There is a fantastic mix of knit & crochet designs as well as different themes and colour mixes. The patterns are really easy to follow and the instructions are really clear. The crochet patterns include written and charts. Each design includes the skill levels required for that design. Nothing hasn't been thought of in the book & I give it 5 out of 5. * Crochet Addict UK * Mar 14 Pincushions are loads of fun to knit - there are so many designs to try, and they're so quick to create. They make great gifts for fellow crafters as well. Cat's collection features pincushions in all shapes and sizes, for all skill levels. As you can imagine, with 50 different patterns you'll find projects in every style imaginable - everything from a contemporary cabled design using super chunky yarn to a perfect pear, a mounted bear's head and a traditional pincushion featuring delicate flowers. Some of the more complicated patterns use charts, and there are full, easy-to-follow instructions for assembling your knitted pincushion. * Knit Today *

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