Monday, February 29, 2016

Fair Isle Crochet by Brenda Bourg

What a thrill and an honor it is to be reviewing this wonderful book which is Brenda's very first! It is a spectacular book that has set the bar pretty high and will be a hard act to follow with any future books but if anyone can do it, Brenda can!

Before I tell you about all the fantastic things this book has to offer, let me give you a little background on how Brenda and I came to know each other. Brenda and I met online about 8 years ago when she contacted me on Ravelry about a design of mine that she had made. We got to chatting and a friendship was born. Brenda was just getting started in the industry as a professional and as a CGOA member she wanted to take advantage of our mentoring program. She asked me if I would be willing to be her mentor. Initially, I said "no". Not because I didn't want to but I had a lot going on and I was afraid I wouldn't be able to devote the necessary time. However, as I thought more about it, being a firm believer that people don't come into our lives by accident and God places them in our path for a reason, I told her on second thought I would love to be her mentor. The official mentoring program lasts 2 years and here we are 8 years later! We have both learned an awful lot more than we knew way back then and I have learned every bit as much from her as she has from me. It has gone far beyond mentoring to a truly wonderful friendship that I treasure.


So on to the book. It is incredible and I know you are going to love it! Brenda is extremely thorough and covers everything you could think of so even a beginner could create these projects. There are step-by-step photos for all the stitches which I found enormously helpful. I'm a very visual person so this was great!

Brenda includes sections with tips and hints, seaming, blocking, tension, changing colors and all that entails as well as helpful tools and choosing your own colors! She has provided everything you need to know to sit down and get started right away. The only thing that you are going to find extremely difficult is which project you would like to start with first!

My personal favorite is the Cora Sweater. This design just speaks to me! I love the colors and the complexity. I love the shape and the ribbing. I just really love everything about it!


I also adore the Annabel Bag! Is this not absolutely gorgeous?! 


There are lots of little projects if you're someone that likes instant gratification. Fingerless mitts, cowls, headbands and boot cuffs to name a few. 

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Fair Isle Tunisian Crochet, please enter our giveaway! And if you don't win, no problem...you can order a copy right here! Enjoy! I NEED THIS BOOK NOW!





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20 comments:

  1. I knit and crochet...and I just love this concept. I would love to win this book and work up fair isle in crochet. The projects are truly breath taking. Thank you for the chance to win. :)

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  2. Great review of Brenda's book, Tammy. Sounds realty interesting and I can't wait to get one. She's a sweetheart!

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  3. Great review of Brenda's book, Tammy. Sounds realty interesting and I can't wait to get one. She's a sweetheart!

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  4. I'd love to learn tunisian crochet

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  5. Tunisian crochet is challenging and I love it! This book looks amazing!

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  6. Man, do I neeeed this! Just learning. Thanks for opportunity

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  7. This is something I have yet to try, but would love to learn! Books looks AMAZING! Thanks for an EPIC Giveaway!

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  8. Would love to have this book! And take a class!!

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  9. Would love to have this book! And take a class!!

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  10. This one looks like a winner!! The book and a class would be great :) But I'll take a book if I have to choose :)

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  11. Would love to have this book and learn this!

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  12. I need this book! I would love to learn to do this!!

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  13. Beautiful, I love to crochet anything

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  14. I have always wanted to learn this technique because it looks so much like knitting, which I have tried several times and CANNOT do ! Crochet, I can do and have for over 40 years. I would LOVE this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

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  15. Fair isle look and Tunisian technique. What more could anyone want?

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  16. I have already added this book to my Amazon wish list hoping to be able to purchase it sometime soon. I love the beautiful patterns.

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  17. I love Tunisian crochet and really want to master it, your patterns are so delishes

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