Crochet Southwest Spirit: Over 20 Bohemian Crochet Patterns Inspired by the American Southwest

David & Charles. May 2023. 128p. ISBN 9781446309407. pap. $24.99. CRAFTS
It’s not often that crochet patterns evoke a spirit of wandering and adventure. Crochet designer Kennedy, however, pays tribute to the rich history of Southwest textile traditions from generations of Southern Ute, Navajo, and Hopi families. Geography, spirituality, resilience, and family themes are incorporated into the design of the book and the patterns themselves. Inspired by the nature around her in Southwest Colorado’s San Juan mountains, the author shows readers how to create practical, durable boho home decor from natural cotton and wool fibers. Carefully organized, rich in detail, and beautiful in the bold colors of the designs and other illustrations, this book showcases the stories crochet can tell of people, their communities, and the world around them.
VERDICT This stunning book will likely compel readers to imagine the past as they work on the towels, baskets, blankets, and more that will keep traditions alive.
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