Book Review - Animal Heads: Trophy heads to crochet

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Title: Animal Heads - Trophy heads to crochet
Author: Vanessa Mooncie
MSRP: $19.95 USD

Book review by Pia Thadani - Stitches'N'Scraps

Once in a while you come across something truly unique and different...and you're not quite sure what to think of it. That was this book for me when I first saw it. Looking through the book though, I quickly fell in love with these designs.

Animal Heads - Trophy heads to crochet

The book contains patterns for 10 different animal heads: Mouse, hare, fox, ram, swan, lion, stag, bull, black bear, and zebra. Each pattern has great attention to detail, and a variety of yarns and materials are recommended to create the different textures. The overall effect is very realistic!

Swan head Animal Heads - Table of Contents
The patterns do vary in difficulty, however each starts with a clear and detailed summary of how the piece is constructed, so you know what you'll be getting into before you start. I particularly love that each pattern includes charts in addition to the written instructions. I find charts easier to follow, but as both are provided you can choose your favorite, or refer to both.

It should be noted that this book is published in the UK and uses UK terminology. This differs from US terminology in some important ways. For example what we call a single crochet is what they call a double crochet, and what we call a double is their treble. Here's a conversion chart that shows some of the differences. The book contains detailed photo tutorials for each stitch and technique used though, so there's no need for confusion!

Animal Heads - Stitch instructions

Faux taxidermy has never really been part of my decor choices, but these lifelike, well written patterns are quite tempting. I can imagine they would be really cute in a child's room, and would fit well with a Noah's ark, jungle, or other animal based theme.

As a side note, this book has left me with a naughty little desire to make one of the mouse heads and attach it in a corner so it's peeking out from under the sofa - just to see if anyone notices!

Disclaimer: A free review copy of Animal Heads was provided by GMC Publications. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review.  My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions. All images of interior pages were supplied by the publisher and are used with permission.


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