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Crochet From Start To Finishing: Everything You Need For Learning and Improving Your Skills [VHS]

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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Your own Personal Crochet Teacher Feb. 26 2000
By Kimberly Maynard - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This video is above five stars! Mrs. Dillon is almost like having your grandmother teach you.How they film it is of great help because it is as if you are looking down at your own hands.I never thought that I could do this and with in the first minutes of the video I was CROCHETING ! Very clear and calm instrutions, better then any book. If my best friend wanted to learn to crochet I would buy her this video.
53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Great Tutorial! Feb. 20 2000
By T. Silva - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This video was excellent! Finally, a chance to actually see how the stitches are made properly. I was particularly impressed with the section on granny squares, changing yarn colors, and the different edgings to enhance all crocheted items. This is a must for beginners to advanced if crocheting is your passion.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Demonstration is the best teacher Dec 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I tried to teach myself crochet from the books I found in crafts stores, but sooner or later someone has to show you how to turn corners, weave in ends, and read patterns. If you don't have access to someone who is knowledgable and very experienced in crochet, I whole-heartedly recommend this video. You can see close-ups of the stitches and Bev Dillon's hands as if you're looking down at your own hands. Another plus for she demonstrates the stitches, she shows you slowly and talks you through it, and during some segments of the video, you can watch her crochet at full-speed and see how she develops rhythm. This is definitely lacking in the how-to books.
This video includes projects and a booklet that contains all the items she crochets in the video, including a granny square which I find challenging as a beginner. Since I purchased this video, I took a crochet class, but I find myself going back and watching the video often for a refresher of particular stitches and techniques. If you're motivated to learn crochet, there's no better investment. The skill stays with you for a lifetime! (and the marvel you get from non-crocheters will definitely boost your confidence and keep you moving on to more complicated projects)
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Only Way! April 14 2004
By MagickDragonKnits - Published on
Format: VHS Tape
Okay so Bev Dillon is a little too sweet and boring, but who cares! Yikes, I am a self taught crocheter, or at least I thought I was till I saw this. I was doing double crochet wrong at the end of rows! I learned how to make granny squares finally, and do ripple stitch, and work in the round, and other tips and hints that make working with yarn easier. She begins with how to make a knot and goes slowly from there to things I never knew existed! This is truly the best way to learn, it's all here, pausable, rewindable, and available at my library whenever the need arises! I do however agree that these tapes should be made into DVDs soon. Also check out Knitting from Start to Finishing. Check your library before you spend the money, you'll be glad you did.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Thrilled with this Video! March 23 2004
By Daniel Thompson - Published on
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I wanted so desperately to learn crochet, but could find no teachers or classes in my area. Craft books with pictures just don't cut it, and I needed someone to "show" me. This video lived up to my expectations and more. Bev Dillon slowly and patiently shows you all the basic stitches and goes way beyond the basics with little tips and tricks, then on to more complex and advanced techniques. The camera angles show you her hands as she works, and it helps so much because you can easily follow along as though you were looking over her shoulder as she crochets! A little pattern booklet accompanies the video (inside the video jacket - on the outside of the box. It's there, sort of hidden). This video is the next best thing to having a personal teacher. I only wish it were on DVD; would make it much easier to locate the chapters! Buy this if you want to learn how to crochet on your own. You'll be on your way in no time!

A followup comment: This is finally available on DVD! I bought one, and it's a lot easier to go from chapter to chapter now. I've made so many crocheted items that I have had to give away bags to stuff to charities just the clear out some space in my house! Once again, let me emphasize that this is a very small investment for such rich dividends. Superb.

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