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The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts

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Book Name: The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts

Author: Judy Ann Sadler, Gwen Blakely Kinsler, Biz Storms

Publisher: Kids Can Press

ISBN: 1-55337-793-1

Cover: Paperback

# of Pages: 208

Illustrations: Color photos & drawings

Experience Required: Ages 9 - 12

Book Review

As the knitting craze continues to spread and grow through all the age groups The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts is a perfect resource for child's exploration of needlework. Not only are there knitting projects in this book but there also instructions for crochet, embroidery, quilting and sewing crafts. You certainly get your money’s worth with over fifty needlecrafts as well as the other ideas sections included for some of the projects (i.e. the Quilted organizer). Another bonus is the must read section at the beginning of the book on basics supplies, choosing and using fabric and sewing basics.

The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts is broken up into chapters based on the aforementioned different types of needlework. Each chapter starts off with a section on the materials and techniques required for the projects in that section, related to that type of needlework (hints and tips for knitting section, crochet techniques and stitches, getting ready to embroider and embroidery stitches, quilting stitches and sewing machine basics and sewing stitches). As new techniques arise in the chapters they are explained within the appropriate project (i.e. fusible web appliqué used for Hopscotch lap quilt). I really like that techniques and stitches used throughout The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts that were demonstrated elsewhere in the book are referred back to with a page number in brackets.

The organization of the projects in this book, the instructions and the demonstration of the techniques required for the projects are for the most part very handy. The only thing I didn’t like was some of the patterns for embroidery were included at the end of the chapter instead of with the related projects like the rest of the patterns in that chapter. I really like the way the techniques are broken down and the steps are clearly demonstrated and labelled so those learning how to crochet can see what the finished product is supposed to look like as they progress. The illustrations are very clear and realistic as are the step-by-step instructions. I like the clear and practical language used (i.e. in the slipknot section of learning to crochet, the shape of the yarn is described as looking like a pretzel). This type of description is amusing and relevant, making the instructions fun and easy to follow.


  • Ribbed Scarf
  • Cozy Blanket
  • Daisy Chain Flowers
  • Beaded Belt
  • Cozy lapghan

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