Wednesday, 11 May 2016

(Crochet) Flowers in my Garden - Book review of 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet

Welcome back!

Thank you so much for all your great comments on my latest posts, I enjoyed reading them!

Last week I was busy with having fun making some crochet flowers.

Crochet Flowers

Since there are not too many flowers in my (balcony) garden, I decided to help nature along a bit by making some colourful crochet flowers!

This is the result!

All together now: Smile!!! :)
Crocodile Stitch Flower Brooch with Beads

A little Book review: 100 Bloemen om te haken (100 Lace Flowers to Crochet)

The above flowers (with exception of the Crocodile Stitch Flower) can all be found in this useful crochet book:

Caitlin Sainio - 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet (in Dutch)
The cover of the English version looks slightly different.

There are general sections which show a number of flowers next to each other over 2 pages (grouped by colour).

Then each of the flowers have their own page where you can find a photo, a crochet chart and written instructions how to make the flowers. There is an index at the back, listing all the flowers.

Near the end, there is a small section which shows some nice examples of what you could do with the flower motifs.

Here are some of my flowers next to their pages.

What I like is that these are realistic looking flowers! Some are more complicated than others, but this book suits all levels of crochet experience. You could start with the easier models and then progress through the book, choosing your own challenges!

Disclaimer: This review is my own, based on a book that I bought myself.

I had bought this book a while back for reference, but the reason I dug it out now was that I will be holding a little Crochet Workshop next week for the Adult students who study Dutch at our School. I'm looking forward to it!

What would you decorate with crochet flowers such as these? Have you already made something using flowers? I'd love to hear your suggestions and ideas!


  1. I made wreaths for my daughters wedding and the little bridesmaids bouquets. Looks like a great book.

    1. Hi Lorraine, that sounds great, using the crochet flowers in such a way! :) xx

  2. I have a similar book and it is how I taught myself to crochet and follow patterns because flowers are a small thing, if it went wrong it didn't matter, I could just rip back and try again. I use mine to decorate my magazine/book basket where I sit to knit and crochet. I just pin them on and then when I need one for a hat or something I treat it as a sort of woolley florists! Always great to pop in and say hello. Jo x

    1. Hello Jo, I really love your idea, a woolly florist!!! Hehe! I'm not sure what I will use these flowers for after my workshop, but I think they would look great to upcycle a plain top or t-shirt!

      What you said is a great encouragement for others, start with a small project and grow in confidence! :)

      (it is always nice when you stop by... fancy a cuppa while you are here?) :)) xx

  3. Hi! I have a bok like that too, but it also contains patterns of knitted flowers. (While I don't knit, haha)
    I used a pattern of tiny flowers with very thin yarn and made about a hundred flowers for a friend of mine. She has a bed&breakfast and decorated the giftcards with those little flowers! She just pinned 1 flower on each little card :)

  4. Hello Lizette! Wow, that's another great use for crochet flowers - decorating cards with it! Excellent! xx

  5. Hi Ingrid
    what lovely flowers.
    I have a book simular to yours l must dig it out.
    I'm off to Spain for 2 months. So these will be ideal for doing on the plane.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Hi Jacky! Yes, it will be an ideal portable project for you, and I hope you will have fun making flowers! Who knows, you might find a nice straw basket and then you could decorate it with your flowers?!!

      Have a lovely time in Spain, I do hope you have internet and get to visit my little blog from time to time!!! xx

  6. Your beautiful flowers have put a smile on my face this morning. Hugs,

  7. Thanks for the useful book review, Ingrid. Were the flowers given individual difficulty ratings or did you have to make your own assessment?
    What could you do with those flowers? Have you thought about a shawl? ;-) (I'm having fun with your love for shawls.)
    Seriously, the flowers which lie flat could be linked together with sewing stitches, slip stitches or crochet chain mesh to make an Irish crochet / Ukrainian style floral fabric for a shawl.
    On the train last night I spotted a beanie with a bright big knitted rose on top. Very eye-catching and stylish. Flowers make great fashion embellisments from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Add a flower to the front of a shoe or at the heel. Have fun with your workshop. xx

  8. thank you for sharing at my link party last week, a New party is now open. you are welcome to join in