Title: 3-D Tatted Flowers Author/Designer: Carolyn Craig
Format/Publication Date: Presentation Folder:2017
Publisher: Self, Shelbyville, IN
Page Count: 58
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
SUMMARY- I'm always interested in 3D tatting, and liked her first book for tatted fairies. Ms. Craig is generous with illustrations to go with her instructions. She bounces between written and symbolic notation, and includes no diagrams in this one. Despite this, I didn't have any trouble following along on the rose pattern - but I cut my teeth tatting patterns from Workbasket and old DMC tatting books. My favorite is her Iris, and while I had a little more trouble following along on this one, I still think I can get it done. More consistant notation and diagrams would have been helpful though. These are minor quibbles, and easily fixed. The talent for design is definitely there. I was very pleased to add this book to my library.
This one has a steep price at $38 as of this writing(March 2017), but she keeps getting better and better in her design work. I love this book. If you can afford it and love 3D flowers, I'd get it while you can. Self-published books are instantly rare, and you'll be sorry ten years down the road that you didn't buy it when you could. You can get it exclusively from Tatting Corner as of this writing.
Extra Note: For some reason Ms Craig left the copyright notice off this book, as well as any limitations on its use. I can't imagine she would mind people selling pieces made from her patterns, but no explicit permission is given - and in my mind, that means taking the most restrictive approach. I would track her down and ask permission first, just to be sure there are no unpleasant surprises down the road.
Extra Extra Note: I was able to exchange e-mails with Ms Craig, and she stated that people are allowed to sell pieces made from her patterns(Yay!) - and you know to always include the designer's name with the sale paper, right? That's what keeps us within the law. ALWAYS credit the designer when using other people's patterns.
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