In today’s post I will be reviewing; Learn to Crochet with Wendy Poole; The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Crochet.
- Manufacturer/Brand; Wendy Poole
- RRP at time of writing: £15 directly from Wendy Poole including P&P
- Run Time: 1 hr 47 minutes
- Picture 16:9
- Format: DVD – 5
- Standard PAL
- Region: All
Reason For Buying
This year I set myself the crafty new Years resolution to learn to crochet. I bought a book, and I couldn’t follow it. Being dyslexic I am a visual learner and although there are lots of tutorials on You Tube everyone has different styles and you get confused. Heard about Wendy’s DVD on Create and Craft back in January but didn’t buy it at the time as I had just got a DVD with Knit and Stitch magazine and didn’t think I needed it. After months of still not progressing I bought the DVD and here’s how I got on.
Quote from the back of the DVD
‘Learn to Crochet with Wendy Poole’ will take you step by step through everything you need to know from the very beginning.
We start with basic introduction to the art of Crochet. You then follow the 3 basic lessons based on Wendy’s own classes.
Thee is also a BAsic Stitch directory, with UK stitch terms and USA equivilents.
The Tips and Techniques section teaches you everything you need to make your projects, including increasing and decreasing, crocheting pieces together and joining colours.
Finally there are 5 different project ideas to follow that can be made without using a pattern.
- Well described techniques
- Learn by making things
- Stitch directory in UK and USA terms
- Lots of techniques for finishing and joining up crochet pieces
- Selection of nice projects
- Choosing a hook. I was hoping for more info in this section. This was little more than; here are the types of hook available, rather than which was better for which type of yarn etc. Also at this point the camera was looking more at Wendy than the hooks, so you didn’t get the best view of the hooks either.
It was the only downside, the rest of the DVD more than made up for this.
Excellent. A few places editing cut off words, a little over bright in places but well focused and good sound levels. Although there is some music in the background which I usually hate, it was VERY low and not obtrusive.
Excellent menu system to quickly get to the section you are after.
Value for Money
Would I buy it Again?
Totally and recommend it to anyone who wants to crochet but is a visual learner.
This is a fantastic DVD. I have been skeptical of books and DVD’s claiming to be ‘The Ultimate.’ anything, as they often disappoint. NOT the case with this DVD, it truly does what it sets out to do. Takes you by the hand and shows you with demos how to create flowers, granny squares, stitches and so on.
When Wendy was on Create and Craft she said of this DVD that after watching it she wanted to leave people not just able to create the one project but have the skills to make whatever they wanted to in crochet. After watching it, I have a lot of practice to do to perfect my new skills but now I can go and find projects I want to make and refer back to this for key elements of the design.
I love the way that rather than starting out with stitch after stitch as other books and so on do (which is a good plan but boring), with this you start by making a little flower, so straight away you have created something lovely. This is a real confidence builder and after watching it through a few times you can crochet along with Wendy and create along with her. This is a great way to bed in new skills as you link them to an actual project, which really helps.
This is an excellent DVD, if you have always wanted to crochet, I highly recommend it. If you have been looking at all the lovely crochet projects in magazines and around the internet thinking ‘I want to do that’, then this is the DVD for you. Now I’ve seen this, I’ve gone back to the ‘how too’ book I bought and can better understand what it means.
Especially delighted as since I was little, I’ve always wanted to make a granny square. I was given a dolly blanket by someone in the family and always wanted to make one for myself. Didn’t have the patience then, not sure I’ve got the dexterity now, but if I only do a little at a time and with plenty of rest in between, perhaps I’ll be able to make a little mat for my laptop to sit on, or a cover for my Kindle.
I am looking at making little flowers and snowflakes, just hope my RSI will settle and let me do this at least occasionally, in good weather.
Thank you Wendy for an excellent DVD. Here is my Granny square.
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon