book: amigurumi!

by kath_red on 01/09/2010

in Books, knitting+crochet+yarn

Amigurumi!: Super Happy Crochet Cute by Elisabeth A. Doherty, published by Lark. (September 1, 2007)

I love Elisabeth’s life-like and full of personality crochet dolls and I am so happy that she has written a book about making her creations. She really knows her stuff and this book is full of her inspiration sources as well as all the tips and crochet tricks you will need to follow in her footsteps.

The projects range from simpler shapes (like carrots and strawberries) and lead you through the lessons from animals to humanoid dolls – with patterns for all four of the dolls on the cover included in the book. I really wanted to love this book but the photography and styling lets it down, I was really disappointed in the quality of the images – they really just don’t do justice to the skill and workmanship of these dolls. [Edited to add: However the quality of the patterns are top notch and you must check out Elisabeth’s flickr site to see her recent work, and remember this book is a few years old now and I know the quality of Lark books have improved greatly recently. I look forward to seeing more work from Elisabeth.]

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1 pedilu September 2, 2010 at 5:14 am

I do love the book and the work of Elisabeth A. Doherty!

I own this book for some time and the layout and design of the book are not nearly as bad as you write. I also think the pictures are pretty well.
But this is a matter of taste…

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2 kath_red September 2, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Great to see different perspectives on this – book reviews are so subjective don’t you think?

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3 June (planetjune) September 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

I just thought I’d add that this book is several years old, and Elisabeth’s style has evolved since then, as you can see on her Flickr photostream – her more recent dolls are far more complex and emotive. I think the photography in this book is representative of the patterns included (although it would have been nice to see more angles of the finished amigurumi, and some in-progress photos).

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4 kath_red September 2, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Thanks June for a different perspective – I love Elisabeth’s work too.

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