Make stunning crochet artwork with Chris Norrington’s Crochet Collage Garden featuring 100 motif patterns! Inspired by Chris’ cottage garden on the edge of North York Moors National Park, these motifs capture the shapes and colors of plants like flowers, petals, leaves, buds, and more.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book to review from David & Charles. The opinions expressed are my own.
Create stunning crochet collages with this collection of 100 patterns for crochet flowers, plants and petals.
100 Crochet Patterns
The designs include a wide range of different flowers and plants. While some patterns depict plants viewed straight-on and in full-bloom, others show plants viewed from a side viewpoint and only partially open. Buds, seedheads, berries, and mushrooms are also featured, as well as individual leaves, stems with leaves, ferns, and grasses.
The patterns are arranged as decorative collages. Each collage has a unique theme – like a Woodland Glade, Vintage Blue Bouquet, or Flower Meadow. The Woodland Glade is like a shady forest corner, full of ferns and snowdrops. The Vintage Blue Bouquet has pretty shapes and soft colors like those of the lily-of-the-valley and scabious. The Flower Meadow looks like a grassland prairie with tall flowers and ornamental grasses. All the compositions are different, from wreaths and bouquets to greenery growing from the ground.
Discover 100 Flower and Plant Motifs
You can mix and match motifs from the collections to make special displays and artwork, or use the patterns to make decorative items like bookmarks, keychains, and embellishments.
Instructions are included for which yarn to use, but you can also experiment with different types for a unique look.
Crochet Collage Garden Patterns
Each pattern is accompanied by detailed written instructions in UK crochet terms and helpful photographs and stitch diagrams. The patterns are displayed in collages with elements following a similar theme. The patterns are shown in the collage image, then on a page separately with a number corresponding to the design.
This collage is inspired by a sun dappled and shady corner of Chris’ garden. There are 10 different motifs included in this collage and include greenery like ivy and ferns, primroses, hellebores, lichen and toadstools.
This collage represents the reawakening earth and spring flowers, buds and branches. These 10 different stems are displayed in a pretty flower vase. Designs include pussy willow, daffodils, grape hyacinths and other springtime favorites.
The Cottage Garden Collage represents a summertime collection of buds and blooms. This collage is growing straight up from the ground and includes 10 different designs. You will find stems of hollyhocks, foxgloves, campanulas and other flowers like ox-eye daisies and roses.
Vintage Blue Bouquet
The Vintage Blue Bouquet is arranged in a lovely white and blue bowl. The stems of periwinkle, clematis, scabious, lily-of-the-valley and pretty assorted leafy foliage are arranged in a beautiful display.
This Midsummer Collection features a pretty display of cosmos, and fennel flowers. You will also find imaginative flowers and foliage to round out the collection. This collection has a folk art style feel.
The Flower Meadow includes bright pops of color from tall perennial flowers and pretty ornamental grasses. The colors and shapes in this collection are inspired by plants like verbena, echinacea and rudbeckia.
This collage of flowers, foliage and trailing plants is displayed in a arrangement that you can use mixed media to create. The bright, bold and happy colors of marigolds and geraniums are offset with cool blues and silvery blues in imaginative leafy stems.
The Poppy Pozy Collection is arranged in a tall orange jug with a handle. The beautiful red poppies and soft fluffy seedheads of ornamental grasses are mixed with pretty cornflowers and other wildflowers.
This collage is arranged in the shape of a Fall Wreath. Oranges, yellows, golds, browns and faded colors are used in this collection. The Autumn plants include sunflowers, helenium, shiny crab apples, toadstools and fallen leaves.
Midwinter Magic is a cool bouquet arrangement with silvery frost speckled edges on foliage, fluffy dried seedheads, bright red berries and branches of evergreen conifers.
It is important to note, that the motif designs come from the colors and shapes of nature. Some might look familiar, like a certain plant, but they aren’t meant to be exact copies of a plant.
Yarn and Hook
You can use your favorite yarns for these projects. The following hook sizes are suggested for each yarn weight:
|Yarn Weight||Chunky||Aran||4-ply||Sock||Embroidery Thread|
|Hook Size||6 mm (J)||4 mm (G)||3.5 mm (E)||3 mm (D)||2.5 mm (C)|
Page 11 includes images of one of the finished motifs when crocheted in each of the yarn weights so you can see the effect using a different yarn will have on the finished project.
The book includes a fantastic Techniques Section with step-by-step photo tutorials for the basic crochet stitches, embroidery stitches and other techniques that are used.
The Basic Crochet Stitches included in the Techniques Section are:
- magic ring
- slip stitch
- double crochet
- treble crochet
- half treble crochet
- double treble crochet
- triple treble crochet
- popcorn stitch
- cluster stitches
- invisible join
Embroidery stitches are also used for some of the projects. Clear directions are included for the back stitch, straight stitch, French knots, chain stitch and lazy daisy stitch.
The Techniques section explains:
- Simple stems
- Making the stem
- Attaching the flower to the stem
- Blocking and stiffening
- Making motifs 3D
- Helpful Tips: Sewing in multiple yarn tails, using variegated yarns for a more natural effect, and adding different textures.
My favorite Crochet Garden Collages are:
- Poppy Posy – I love poppies – and this old fashioned jug bouquet featuring them is my favorite.
- Flower Meadow – I love the perennial flower mix – of self-seeding plants with bright colors.
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The Crochet Collage Garden is full of ideas and gorgeous crochet flowers, buds, grasses, and plants. There are over 100 different elements to choose from, so you can make amazing artwork for frames, keychains, bookmarks, decorations and gifts. It’s a great collection of colorful and pretty patterns that can be used for lots of different things.
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