Felted Knits [NOOK Book]

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Knitters will find specific techniques and instructions for felting their knitting in this detailed step-by-step introduction, including how to felt on purpose and not by mistake, techniques for both hand and machine felting, and choosing and testing yarns. They’ll also learn whether knitting swatches is really necessary and how big to knit a piece before felting. Twenty-four detailed projects include stylish bags, totes, hats, and mittens; warm and fuzzy vests and slippers; and decorative pillows, placemats, ...
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Felted Knits

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Overview


Knitters will find specific techniques and instructions for felting their knitting in this detailed step-by-step introduction, including how to felt on purpose and not by mistake, techniques for both hand and machine felting, and choosing and testing yarns. They’ll also learn whether knitting swatches is really necessary and how big to knit a piece before felting. Twenty-four detailed projects include stylish bags, totes, hats, and mittens; warm and fuzzy vests and slippers; and decorative pillows, placemats, and coasters. With a section on embellishing felting and felting on felt (needle felting), knitters will be inspired to create these beautiful projects for friends and family, from the baby’s first felt hat to the furry slippers for cold winter nights.
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Editorial Reviews

Knitter's Review
[Beverly Galeskas] is simply the best resource for felting today . . . This is a beautiful – and useful – guidebook.
Spinners and Dyers Journal for Weavers
I enjoyed this book immensely... [It] is laid out with clear methods and instructions.
—Liz Allen
Library Journal
Galeskas is the owner of Fiber Trends, a wholesale knitting pattern company whose patterns are sold in knitting shops nationwide. In recent years, she has specialized in felted knitting, the process of knitting with thick wool yarn on big needles and then shrinking the knitted piece with heat and agitation to create a durable fabric. This technique lends itself to accessories like hats, mittens, and tote bags as well as large projects like vests and felted rugs. Although it includes some 36 projects, Felted Knits is more than a project book. It is a manual on felting knits that covers everything from choosing the right yarns, to knitting and accurately felting by hand and/or machine, to blocking and caring for felted knits. Just one look at the striking red-striped rug on the back cover of the book makes the knitter itch for the feel of wool and needles in hand, although starting with a small project like a simple purse is advised. A useful chapter on needle felting and felting notes for specific yarns round out this content-packed book. Highly recommended for public libraries and textile collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"I enjoyed this book immensely...[It] is laid out with clear methods and instructions." - Liz Allen, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

"The introduction is a manual in itself, covering the basics in such detail that beginners won't miss a trick." - Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2004

"[Beverly Galeskas] is simply the best resource for felting today...This is a beautiful - and useful - guidebook." - Knitter's Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781620332948
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 4/15/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 120
  • Sales rank: 692,674
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author


Beverly Galeskas is the founder and owner of Fiber Trends, a knitting pattern company. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington.
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Table of Contents

Preface viii
Part 1 Introduction to felting 1
What is felting? 2
Felting or fulling? 2
How felting occurs 3
Felting basics 5
Getting Started 5
Choosing yarns for a felted knit project 6
Avoid superwash wool 6
Test-felting your yarn 6
The actual test sample 7
Preparing a project for felting 8
Controlled felting in the washing machine 10
Felting by hand 13
The finishing touches: Blocking, drying, and grooming 14
Caring for your felted knits 14
Designing your own project 14
When things go wrong 16
Part 2 Projects 19
You can take it with you 20
Bags 21
Gift bags 23
Small purse 25
Small purse with flap 25
Basic everyday purse 27
Everyday purse with flap 28
Pocket purse 29
Evening bags with pizzazz 30
Easy evening bag 30
Envelope clutch 32
Totes with a twist 33
"Fur" trimmed tote 33
Tab-top tote 34
Warm heads 37
Brimmed hats 38
Narrow-brim style 38
Shaped-brim style 40
Felted beret 41
Angora baby hat 43
Warm hands & warm heart 47
Mittens 48
Toddler's mittens 49
Child's mittens 51
Adult's mittens 53
Fur-cuffed mittens 59
Muff 60
Felted vest 62
Warm feet 66
Slippers 67
Mohair ballet slippers 68
Felted moccasins 71
Baby booties 75
The comforts of home 79
Felted rug 80
Pillows 82
In the kitchen 85
Tea cozy 85
Oven mitt 85
Coaster and trivet 88
Bedroom accents 89
Dresser tray 90
Dresser scarf 91
Jewelry bag 91
Eyeglass case 91
Personal comfort 93
Neck cozy 93
Hot water bottle cover 94
Needle felting 96
Felting notes for yarns 100
Techniques 103
Abbreviations 108
Sources 109
Bibliography 110
Index 111
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