Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hooked! - a Blog Hop Book Review.

Hurrah for today because I get to review 'Hooked! 40 whimsical crochet motifs from weird to wonderful' by Michelle Cecile and Sylvie Delprat. I am over the moon at being given this opportunity because I have been wanting to appliqué with crochet forever. 
 As you may know, I have a rating system where I count how many patterns I would make from the book. The number required for me to buy the book is variable. If the patterns are amazing then 3 projects would make it worthwhile. I also look at whether it would compliment my collection - this one would as I don't have anything on crochet motifs -the books available on this subject haven't been to my taste...... this one however breaks the drought. The styling alone with baby's breath, washi tape  and roses dotted with crochet, makes it a visual feast. And the projects are truly adorable as you can see from the photos.
I'm mad on the little hedghog. I can't wait to make bunting for Hugo with little hedgehogs along it. 
 And the rabbit patch is perfect for Easter.
 Wahoo - a project that Archie will want to make!

 I couldn't resist crocheting a cupcake. The pattern was simply written and very easy to do - always a good thing.
So here is what I made - perfect for the kitchen!
And now for the score, 30/44 which is fantastic. I am sure that when Archie comes home from school camp the score will go up when he chooses his favourites! 
And here are two more wonderful things.
 1. 'Hooked!' is on a book hop which means you can see other reviews and projects made from the book here.
2. There is a competition going on over at Stitch Craft Create where you can win a copy of the book and a lovely bundle of yarn!
Lots and lots of love,
Kate. xxooxx.


  1. Too many good books that I want! I am horrible at decision making :( I do think I must get this book very soon!
    Glad you are back and hope you and your family had a wonderful time!

  2. Adorable motifs! The styling reminds me of some of the Chinese and Japanese pattern books I have seen in the past. I love what you have shown us already - another book on my ever-growing wish list! :-)

  3. That's a lovely book - would be very useful.

  4. I have seen a lot of posts promoting this book presumably for free on blogging sites. I don't think that is on really, as it sees the readers as sitting ducks to be drip-fed promotional material and the blogger as someone to be used in marketing which takes advantage of them. Even if as some bloggers have said, they feel flattered that they have been 'chosen'. It seems exploitative to me. Advertising is expensive and using bloggers in this way, saves them a fortune.

    I must have read 5 posts on this book already. On the other hand if bloggers are/were paid, then they are unlikely to give a negative review. I have rarely seen anything other than positive reviews given by bloggers. I would like to know I am getting the whole picture when reading a review. I read a blogger once who suggested that they only publish reviews if they like the book. That gives an unfair and slanted picture overall.

    That said, I don't find it an attractive book so perhaps that is why I am annoyed at seeing it everywhere. Obviously tastes differ to mine.

  5. Hello kate,

    Will Stanley and the hot air balloon be available on Etsy again?!?!




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