Felt Frenzy: 26 Projects for All Forms of Felting

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Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, this project collection explores all the major feltmaking techniques, from knit-and-shrink to wet felting, needlefelting, and "recycled felting," as well as ways to combine techniques for creative and unique results. With 26 projects and photographs of more than 50 before-and-after felted yarn combinations, crafters can easily customize patterns with substitutions of their choice. Instructions are given for felted bags, flowers, hats, jackets, scarves, wool sneakers, ...
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Overview


Designed with the absolute beginner in mind, this project collection explores all the major feltmaking techniques, from knit-and-shrink to wet felting, needlefelting, and "recycled felting," as well as ways to combine techniques for creative and unique results. With 26 projects and photographs of more than 50 before-and-after felted yarn combinations, crafters can easily customize patterns with substitutions of their choice. Instructions are given for felted bags, flowers, hats, jackets, scarves, wool sneakers, and even a nuno felted skirt; while fiber types, tools for getting started, and the four major techniques needed to create these projects are also all covered. Armed with plenty of information and the authors' can-do spirit, crafters will find it easy to add felting to their repertoires.
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Editorial Reviews

Monsters and Critics.com
This is an upbeat introduction. . . . With the clear instructions and close-up photography, beginners can tackle these projects with confidence.
Anchorage Daily News
Aimed at the absolute beginner and offers a good set of step-by-step instructions for four types of felting.
Knitty.com
The tips and info sprinkled through the book, written in conversational style, had me reading every word.
Yarn Market News
All the interesting felting methods . . . are here, with strong step-by-step pictures that leave next to no room for error.
Voice of Youth Advocates
Most projects would appeal to teens. . . . The authors do a good job of describing the basic methods of felting.
Detroit News
A definite must-have book for the felting enthusiast.
VOYA - Deborah L. Dubois
Brack and Okey explain in their introduction how fiber becomes felt, all the tools needed to create felt, the different types of fiber that can be used, and four major felting techniques. Creating felt from knitted pieces seems to be the easiest method, either knitting them oneself (assuming one knows how to knit) or recycling sweaters and washing them in hot water and rinsing in cold. Wet felting is more traditional, layering fibers to create felt, and needle felting is creative, offering a method for embellishing other pieces. Several projects for each method of felting are presented, with patterns, some step-by-step pictures, and ideas for finishing the project in order to make it unique. Most projects would appeal to teens, from felt bags to hats, scarves, and even felted shoes. The authors do a good job of describing the basic methods of felting, but some of the directions for projects could be more detailed. Felting is an involved process that is time-consuming. This book will appeal to those who are interested in fabric art, but it assumes a level of experience with knitting, crocheting, and blocking that beginners do not have. The glossary defines knitting and crocheting terms with drawings to illustrate them, but they are difficult to follow if one does not already know how to knit. This book is for ambitious teens who want to create fabrics, but it will not have general appeal. Purchase where craft books are popular.
Library Journal

Felting can take many forms, e.g., wet felting (of raw fibers) or recycled felting (of salvaged garments). Crafters Brack and Okey (Spin To Knit) cover these techniques and more in enough detail to get beginners started on such items as bags and hats. Those wishing to experiment with other felting techniques will find projects ranging from the simple (e.g., a pincushion made of rolled and felted wool resembling sushi) to the ambitious (a stained-glass sweater pillow made from a recycled Aran sweater). The color photos of swatches using a mixture of wool and other fibers should be helpful for those wanting to add this technique to their felting toolkit. Highly recommended for all but the smallest public libraries.


—Jan Zlendich
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Felting is the process of making a dense fabric from raw wool or knitting yarn. This book contains creative methods that work for novice crafters as well as for experienced knitters. Readers are shown how to make purses, scarves, hats, and felted flowers with which to adorn hats or lapels. Some of the projects require starting with a hand-knit item. Filled with colorful and instructional photographs, the book tells how to choose materials and explains techniques. A swatch bar shows what different fibers will look like once felted. Basic knitting directions are included.
—Meg CanadaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680098
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Brack is a contributor to Knitgrrl, Knitting for Dogs, and Small Dogs, Big Hearts, as well as a leader of knitting and other crafting workshops. Shannon Okey is the founder of Anezka Homemade and the author of the Knitgrrl series as well as Spin to Knit. She has appeared on DIY's Knitty Gritty and Uncommon Threads and on HGTV's Crafters Coast to Coast. She is a city coordinator for the national indie craft show Bazaar Bizarre. They both live in Cleveland, Ohio.
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