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One of the first crochet professionals I had the honor of getting to know was Tammy Hildebrand. So when I was offered the opportunity to do a giveaway of her new book, I jumped at the chance! Crochet Wraps Every Which Way features 18 original patterns using 6 different techniques.
1. You’re known for your beautiful lacy garments. What inspired you to do a book of wraps? Shawls and wraps are the perfect design to learn and practice new stitches and techniques because you don’t have to worry about gauge or a lot of shaping or sizing. They are timeless pieces and so easy to wear that you just can’t have too many!
2. Is there a type of yarn (weight, fiber) that you think works better for wraps? It would depend on what kind of wrap you are making. For lots of drape and movement a thinner yarn with a fiber such as bamboo is going to work really well but if you want something a little more sturdy and solid, an acrylic or wool probably would work best.
3. The wraps in the book use so many different techniques from motifs to hairpin lace to tunisian crochet. Is there one technique that’s your favorite? My favorite is always lacy motifs. It doesn’t matter if I’m making a shawl, a sweater or an afghan, I love join-as-you-go motifs.
4. What was the most fun part of working on this book? I really enjoyed all aspects of creating this book. Since it was the first one I’ve done it was very new and exciting! I loved having so many different techniques to keep things interesting. It was also my first experience with organizing photo shoots. I have known my model since she was in fourth grade, her mother who is a dear friend handled all the styling and our photographer was so great to work with.
5. What advice would you give to new crocheters? Always continue to learn and try new things. Experiment with different techniques and yarns and just have fun! There are so many resources available with books, classes, video tutorials, conferences and fiber shows. I’ve been crocheting over 40 years and I still continue to learn new things.
Thanks to Stackpole Books you have the chance to win a copy of Crochet Wraps Every Which Way. Simply leave a comment on this post before Sunday, January 19th at 11:59 pm, telling me what you love about wraps. I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Open to US and Canadian residents.
(Photos copyright Tammy Hildebrand)
ETA: Winner has been emailed!
The green Pineapple shawl is stunning.
I love Tammy’s designs! Can’t wait to check out the book.
Ooh, this book has so many beautiful wraps! Once you start making wraps, it becomes very addictive… but it’s a fun addiction! 😉
This looks like a great book – I LOVE the purple passion wrap!
I love the ease of using a wrap/carrying it around, and how pretty they are.
I just love the pictured wraps. It looks like such a fun mix of different techniques. Every one is totally gorgeous!
I wear a scarf or a shawl nearly everyday, and think they’re the perfect accessory.. Warm, beautiful, and a great conversationpiece
I love making wraps. They can be used to keep warm, dress up every day wear
I love Tammy Hildebrand designs and have made several of her blankets. A wrap would keep my shoulders and arms warm while working in the WIP though.
I love wraps! Perfect accessory when you need a little extra warmth! Also an excellent way to dress up an outfit!
I love the green shawl – absolutely gorgeous.
Love the orange beauty on the cover and can’t wait to see the whole book!
I am an admirer of Tammy’s work. I have made a few of her patterns and even got to meet her in person while wearing one of her designs. This book is saved on my wish list right now.
Can’t wait to learn how to make wraps for all my fault and friends 🙂
The green shawl is stunning, would love to make that…
I haven’t tried wraps yet but plan on doing one of hers now.
These are all beautiful! Living in Florida, we don’t get much chance to wear coats, but I almost always have a wrap with me.
I love the green pineapple shawl I have some light weight yarn I need a pattern for a shawl so this would be awesome may buy the book if I don’t win!
Wraps are timeless…they are used by people of all ages, from the cover of a prom dress to draping across grandma’s shoulders. Wraps will never go out of style and the designs just get better and better.
I love that wraps can go with everything!! They are so versatile!
I love wraps because they’re very portable- stick them in your bag for when you want/ need one- and they’re very flattering to the figure 🙂
I think these wraps are beautiful!!
Love wearing a shawl or wrap, alway feel a little elegant and they’re so easy to wear.
I really like the orange wrap on the cover of your book..
Love looks of shawls to add to outfits and warmth. This book has some nice ones. Debi
Wraps are a fun way to change the look of a dress or outfit. They are easy to make because fitting them isn’t necessary. I would love to have this book!
love the beautiful wraps, would like to win book , i make wraps and shawls to give as prayer shawls
Lovely! I so enjoy making, gifting & wearing shawls & wraps! They are so practical, but so stunning! (They are also portable 🙂 )
I like what I see anxious to make your wraps. They never go out of style. Beautiful.
I have never made a wrap but these are beautiful and it seems time I did.
I love wraps. It’s a way to move me out of my crafting comfort zone and it is also a way to accessorize my plain Jane outfits. A wrap can dress up any outfit.
I love wraps because they are so pretty, they can really pull together a look and most importantly, making wraps gives me a chance to use all kinds of beautiful yarns 🙂
I enjoy making wraps and prayer shawls. I make them for friends who have lost a loved one or are going through difficult times.
I’m not big on wraps, but these are amazing! Plus I love that the book offers you a chance to learn a lot of different types of crochet. Learning the new stuff is what makes it fun!
What I love most about wraps is their versatility. Not only do they enhance your outfits, I also use them as table or dresser covers, abstract curtains and throws…including them in my hobby of newborn photography xxx
I love the green one it is beautiful! You can just cuddle in a wrap. I’ve never seen an ugly one.
I love how wraps are so beautiful yet functional. I’ve never made one and would love to try!
Wraps are so comfy and so fun to make!
I haven’t tried making a wrap yet. But the green one is lovely!!
Oh how I want this book! Wraps make fabulous gifts to warm someone in the chilly weather, dresss up a plain outfit, and provide snuggling power for reading a book all while enveloping you in love. I envision gifts for mom, my sister, my daughters, my granddaughters and beloved friends.
The splendid pieces created are a pull to try the techniques…
I’m being reeled into looking & starting a new creation.
Thank you for putting your amazing talent in book form and sharing with this wanna be!
I saw this book while Christmas shopping and I really want to have it as part of my crafting library. If I don’t win it, I will definitely buy it soon. The wraps are all beautiful.
I love wraps because they are comfy and cozy, they are my go to if I need something to warm up with while outside , yet be worn at events also.There are so many styles, beautiful, easy, intermeditate ones.
What I like about wraps? You can make a dull outfit become colorful; a cold night warmer; jazz up an old outfit into the current season or decade. You might want to wear them long, short, medium, and all sorts of colors. In other words – wraps are awesome!
Wow, those designs are absolutely breathtaking! I love wraps because of the intricate detail in the patterns. No matter how you drape them on yourself, there’s always something new to be seen!
There are several techniques in here that are on my bucket list. Looks like an excellent book and great fun!
I love the pineapple shawl. It would make a fabulous gift for my Mom. (Of course I’ll have to make it for myself first.)
Wraps are awesome because they can be worn in so many different ways – from shawl to belt to skirt-topper. They change the look of an outfit with no effort at all!
Wraps are great for those who suffer from hot flashes (like me!) it’s so easy to cuddle up in a wrap, and then whip it off when you start flashing!
Thanks for the giveaway!
I would love to make a shawl.
Love the green pineapple it is beautiful!
I love the orange wrap on the cover! What a wonderful challenge it would to give these a go!
I too love the lacy motifs. Love the green pineapple also.
The green pineapple is my fav!!
These look like some lovely wraps. I would enjoy making several of them.
I love the pineapple wrap. It is beautiful.
These wraps look beautiful. I haven’t tried anything bigger than a scarf for about ten years. I just got back into crocheting again now that I am retired. I would love to win this book so I can make some great wraps for gifts for my daughter’s.
I love shawls because they are warm, beautiful and creative!
Is it wrong to say I love all of Tammy’s designs? They are so pretty, it will be difficult to decide which one to start first.
I love wraps and big scarves; they are so versatile. And I would really like to practice/learn some new techniques! I learned to crochet when I was quite young, but have recently renewed my interest. Now that I don’t have small children to look after, I have more time to spend on things like this!
I love that they are both functional and beautiful!
Wraps are just sooooo feminine! That’s why I love them!!!
I live in Florida where a wrap is perfect in cool weather. Love crocheting them as they usually go quickly, and it’s fun to watch them work up.
I love making wraps as much as wearing them! Easier to carry around than a blanket and so comfy
wraps are fun to make, wear, and give
I love wraps because they’re easy to put on over anything, regardless of sleeves, thickness, or fussiness. They’re also very nice to pull yourself together into a ball under!
They are all gorgeous ! What’s not to love? Even in the heat of summer you can use a wrap in air conditioning.
They are all gorgeous! What’s not to love? Even in summer you need them in air conditioning .
I live in a hot climate, and wraps are easy to tote around for when I step into buildings that have the A/C blaring or when the evening breeze kicks up.
I’m SO looking forward to this booklet. I looked for it today at Joann Fabric, but my local store didn’t have a copy…. is it released yet? If not, when is the release date?
Wraps are my way of dressing up a t-shirt and jeans for work… and some of these are simply stunning.
What I like about wraps is how convenient they are and what they add to an outfit. I like to be able to carry something in case I need it, but not be committed to it if I don’t. I like to wear something that says “this is my style”!
Looking for ideas to make for daughter’s wedding, her bridesmaids, and mother of groom
Wow, that Zen Garden is speaking to me! Thanks for the opportunity, they are all beautiful!
I would love to wrap myself in a wrap of love and share such wrapping love with others wrapped up in my life. Being good to ourselves, especially when we feel so unworthy, (as many of us, myself included, tend to be) helps us to reach out even more and be extra loving and helpful to others. How could I or those I make these wraps for, not feel loved! Hoping to be fortunate enough to win this book so I can share the love; also to crochet such beautiful and magical creations as a way to relax, unwind yet be productive…see, that’s my “unworthy” side coming out – do I deserve such beautiful wraps? YES!!! Do I want those I make these wraps for feel deserving? YES!!!
I love the look of these wraps. 2013 I learned how to make triangle shawls. I would enjoy trying my hand at all the patterns in this book.
Oh, how I love wraps in general but the green pineapple is simply beautiful.
I love wraps because they easy to throw on in the morning and leave quickly
With wraps or shawls one is free to experience the beauty of the stitchwork without, just like you said in this interview, being concerned with shaping and possibly not even with joining. I already love the blue and white poncho style garment that the model is wearing with jeans. The others are beautiful also. I love your tile motif afghans by the way!
I was just looking into purchasing this book. Free would be better 🙂
I love wraps. They are fun to make. They can dress up any outfit. They are easy to wear and easy to carry with you. They keep you warm on a cold day.
Love wraps. Think they are beautiful an do dressey an romantic as if from a Victorian era.
I would love to learn some new techniques. And as tammy herself said never stop learning. I would love to learn more with this amazing book.. Beautiful work
I like the variety of techniques and patterns. The fact that she has different levels of patterns is great. I know that when I see the patterns are Tammy Hildebrand’s they will be beautiful and instructions accurate.
Hand made wraps have everything going for them… they’re easy to carry and wear, they’re unique because one can choose from a multitude of patterns and yarn, they’re a fantastic wardrobe piece or accessory, and they look very chic!
I love how just the right wrap can jazz up any outfit. This book looks to be amazing. Thanks for sharing about it!
I like wraps to add color to an outfit, and they are also nice for gifts.
I love practicing new patterns. I agree that it is nice not to have to worry about gauge when trying something new, especially when I don’t know exact sizes. These are lovely designs.
These are all beautiful and creative. I love them!
Wow! What a talented ladie.
Love the look of the intricate patterns! Love all the wraps posted!
I love wraps ~ whether to wear causually with jeans or for that special event where you want something special & knowing that you will not see another one quite like what you are wearing ~ as you have made it yourself!
I love wraps because no size is really needed. They’re also easy to layer. I love the ones you have featured on this post!
Wraps are some of my favorite things to make. As a stay at home mom, I don’t always want to dress up just to clean the house. It’s nice to have something to throw over the top of my outfit when I have to run errands & want to look nice. Wraps are often perfect for this.
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