Sunday, 8 October 2017

Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium

You may recall a little while ago, at the beginning of this year, that I wrote a review for Pavilion Books' rather quietly racy book Nudinits, which I was very happy to do, and still to this day will chuckle when Nudinits continue to show up with seasonally appropriate inappropriate jokes over on Facebook. So when I was again asked if I would like a copy of their new book, I was more than happy to jump on board to share my thoughts!


Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium is the brand new book from TOFT's Kerry Lord, who also wrote the fantastic Edward's Menagerie, and the book that has featured in a few makes on this blog, Edward's Imaginarium. In the same vain as Imaginarium, the Doll's Emporium is also a fun flip book, in which you can mix and match the pattern pieces  from head to toe, with different basic doll shapes and hundreds upon hundreds of costume and hair combinations.


Here you can see the opening page - already I want to just start hooking a superhero doll!


As a test, I just flicked through the pages to see what sort of combinations you can make, and you can see immediately I fell on a winner - a punk ballerina? Don't mind if I do!

Don't worry about there being too much choice though, there are plenty of suggestions and inspiration in the book to get you started! Towards the back of the book there are pages and pages of inspiration for different dolls, and I am always impressed by Kerry's creativity when it comes to this sort of thing. There's a bearded merman...

A classic superhero...

AND A WIZARD


That's not everything though, oh no! The idea of the book is you can use it to combine the costumes and hair etc to create your very own dolls, inspired by your kids, your friend's, your family, and really tailor the dolls to each person you want to make it for. I've already got a pretty good idea as to what I could make for my brother for Christmas (bless his patience, I keep making things and I wonder what he does with them all!). 

You will also find at the back lots of clear and easy-to-read step-by-steps on the basic crochet stitches, so if you are relatively new to crochet, or you want to give this as a gift to someone who isn't sure about crochet, Doll's Emporium would be a really good choice. 

I'm having a lot of fun simply flicking through the book and wondering what I should make next - I would have already started a doll for this review, had I not already a million other WIPs on the go! Give it a week perhaps...I might have almost finished something which is excuse enough to cast on many many new items... but nevertheless, I can't wait to get started on something soon! I mean, just look at all the possibilities in one book - just one!

Edward's Crochet Doll Emporium, by Kerry Lord - £16.99 (Pavilion Books) is available to buy now!

Thanks to Frida at Pavilion Books for sending me a copy to review for the blog. All thoughts and opinions and sequels of excitement are my own.