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HOUSE OF WHITE BIRCHES Reviewed by Janet Chutro
306 East Parr Road
Berne, IN 46711
1-800-347-9887, 8am - 5pm EST
Weekdays Fax : 1-219-589-8093
catalog $$$: Free

Introductory comments: If you're looking for patterns, House of White Birches may be the catalog for you. Their Crochet Catalog is primarily patterns, with some kits and a few supplies. Their prices are reasonable, (usually publication price or slightly discounted)and in-line with prices in other catalogs I have perused. S & H range from minimum of $ 2.25 to maximum of $ 5.95. HoWB accepts Visa, Mastercard,Discover and check. Orders are open to U.S. and Canada only, with an additional $ 1.00 per item S & H charge for Canadian residents.

REVIEW: This catalog is dedicated to Crochet, although I noticed a few patterns for knitting and tatting. The 48 page catalog has hundreds of patterns for pineapples, doilies, filet, afghans, rag rugs, scrap yarn projects, fashion and fashion accessories, baby items, toys, doll patterns,holiday items, and household items. Some of the items I have seen in other catalogs, but there are many that I have not seen elsewhere. For example, a bright and colorful Noah's Ark afghan and accessories leaflet, a gingerbread house leaflet that looks good enough to eat, lots of angels and doll patterns, sweaters, vests, and slippers. House of White Birches offers both pattern leaflets and pattern books.

PRODUCT LIST YARN: only one instance of crochet cotton (white/ecru), one of white rayon thread and no yarn.HOOKS: one set of plastic K, N and Q hooks

LEAFLETS/PATTERNS/BOOKS: Leisure Arts, Annie Potter, Syndee's Crats, Jiffy Needle Tatting, Fibre Crafts, American School of Needlework, Paradise Publications, Suzanne McNeill, and many more.ODDS & ENDS: Some dolls, needlecraft aids. A few kits, primarily thread crochet (kitchen accessories, collar kits, doilies, a gorgeous pineapple Christening gown kit).

Reviewed by Janet Chutro, for Crochet Partners 12/96