Wild Tea Cosies

Wild Tea Cosies : 24 Step-by-step Patterns

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Wild, wacky and adventurous, tea cosies have undergone a radical makeover. Loani Prior's mind-boggling tea cosy designs will motivate knitters everywhere to create their craziest fantasies and most psychedelic imaginings, all in the name of keeping tea warm.Each of the 24 sculptural projects (inspired by everything from flowering gardens, geometric shapes and coral reefs to scrumptious food and even chickens!) has simple, straightforward instructions and patterns. Gorgeous photographs from all angles show the design details and the cosies are knitted and crocheted in easily-accessible eight-ply wool. This title is filled with tips and techniques as well as ideas for individualising each creation with glamorous wools, feathers, buttons or any other decoration you take a fancy to. It is perfect for cool young knitters, the hip granny, and everyone in between! With a basic level of knitting or crocheting skill, you can produce exciting works of art to impress and flabbergast your friends, give as great original gifts and ...keep your tea warm!show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 218 x 218 x 12mm | 381.02g
  • Search Press Ltd
  • Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Colour throughout
  • 1844484181
  • 9781844484188
  • 28,433

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The Textile Directory: This book arrived with me after several bleak months of news of monetary disaster and threatening frugality. What a joy to open the book and be assailed by fun and frivolity, and all attainable for very little cost or nothing at all if you have an interesting odd ball stash of yarns. Loani Prior thinks that a good pot of tea is a well-dressed pot of tea and sets about conjuring the most delectable high fibre non-fattening teatime concoctions ever. Each of the 24 wonderfully wild projects have simple and clear instructions and can be knitted or crocheted from easily available yarns, however she encourages you to customise them with funky yarns, feathers, buttons and any other item you may have that takes your fancy. The inspiration for them comes from many sources including flower gardens, geometric shapes, fruit bowls, the seashore and even chickens. The photos are large and gorgeous, you just want to get started and make one, but which one! I think my family and friends may well be receiving teapots and cosies for Christmas next year! Be warned, they could be addictive! I think this is a lovely book and one that would brighten any day and encourage even non-knitters to want to have a go. Myshelf.com: Knitting and crochet are enjoying a revival, and there have never been such a range of interesting yarns available. Neither has there been such a range of different types of tea, so why not combine the two for maximum enjoyment? I love the way this book has small pictures of all the tea cosies featured inside on the reverse of the book; I could see exactly what sort of projects I was getting. There are some lush and inventive designs to enjoy too, many echoing the wonders of nature. As the author lives in Queensland you can expect some coral reef-inspired cosies, as well as flowers, food, birds and bobbles. This is not a book however for beginners, for it does not show you how to knit or crochet merely mention what sort of work you will be doing (eg knitting in the round on four needles). But there are plenty of other fine books for beginners and rather fewer (in my opinion) for the more proficient yarncrafter. How many are there on tea cosies? This is the only one I have seen to date which also counts in its favor. For those already initiated into these twin skills there are some handy hints at the front and the instructions are clear, with a full page finished photograph and maybe another one showing another vital interim stage. Another thing I liked was the fact that no actual brand names or range names are used, just the color, size of ball and ply. This means that you don't need to live in Australia to use this book, and that Australians won't be discovering that the range is unobtainable before they make anything. Would that all yarncraft books did this! Machine Knitting Monthly: A good pot of tea should be a well-dressed pot of tea and with only a basic level of knitting or crocheting skill, you can produce some exciting works of art to impress and flabbergast your friends, give as great original gifts and keep your tea warm. Each of the 24 projects has simple, straightforward instructions and photographs from all angles show the design details. The book is filled with tips, techniques and ideas for adding an individual touch using glamorous wools, feathers and buttons. The projects are perfect for cool young knitters, the hip granny and everyone in between. Loani, "adamant that a good pot of tea is a well-dressed pot of tea," has made sure this fantastic book lives up to its title! With 24 amazing and original designs that include knitting and crochet, this book belongs on the shelves of those who like to go beyond standard patterns. Spice up your teatime with fruit-topped Carmen Miranda, pom-pom covered Party Girl, sumptuous and felted Harlequin Flower, or even a Licorice Allsort lookalike! Each design incorporates a variety of techniques to give lovely results, and those who are already familiar with knitting and crochet will undoubtedly go wild for the book.-Knit Today Tea cosies can come in a range of colors, styles, and shapes: WILD TEA COSIES tells how to make the most of the tea cosy and provides over twenty step-by-step patterns. Color photos on facing pages pair finished products to instructions on how to create and embellish a tea cosy. From a pompom-packed pink pot cover to a knitted sea squirt motif, this is packed with unusual and fun ideas.-Midwest Book Review Australian designer Loani Prior's tea cosies are quirky, colourful and guaranteed to be a talking point whenever you have visitors for tea. There's nothing subtle about this collection of 24 designs. Each is a riot of colour, texture and shapes, inspired by flowers, fruit, sea creatures, birds and marshmallows. Most are created using a combination of knitting and crochet. If you fancy a break from 'serious' knitting and want to use up a few balls from your stash, this book should inspire you.-The Knittershow more

About Loani Prior

Author Loani Prior is not just another knitter. She is obsessed with this pastime and intends to die with the largest stash of wool ever known in her cupboard. Loani lives in subtropical Queensland.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsIntroductionSOCK IT TO MECarmen MirandaRosie PosySandwich, Anyone?Roly PolyDIAGONAL ADDICTIONLiquorice AllsortsRed CometNight CapROUND AND ROUNDCoral FantasyA Single RoseSunflowerSea ClamGreen-Eyed MonsterSIMPLY MAGICSea SquirtCactus DelightParty GirlWonder WeaveLOFTY LOVELIESTurkish DelightEddie EmuPrized RoosterA GOOD YARNBeauty and the BeastHarlequin FlowerChicken LittleCandy PopcornBella BellKnit or crochet: circlesKnit or crochet: frillKnit or crochet: twirlAbbreviationsshow more