Eckman s ("Around the Corner Crochet Borders") specialty is crochet motifs she has a knack for turning simple stitches with colorful yarn into something fresh and contemporary. Here, she introduces a new batch of crocheted motifs as well as a variety of creative methods for joining the motifs together. Full-color photographs of each motif are included, as are written and charted directions. As a bonus, there are 12 patterns that use the motifs and connection techniques covered in the book. This isn t for beginners readers need to know how to crochet to get the most out of it but Eckman may inspire some noncrocheters to learn, just so they can experiment with the techniques she describes. VERDICT Eckman s eye for color and design make this an excellent addition to any crafter s crochet collection."