Uniquely Felt: Dozens of Techniques from Fulling and Shaping to Nuno and Cobweb, Includes 48 Creative Projects

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Feltmaking is the magical transformation of a loose pile of wool fibers into a durable, alluring nonwoven fabric. An ancient process that continues to work its wonder on modern artisans and crafters, feltmaking produces a flannel-like fabric with a tactile appeal like nothing else.

How is this fabric alchemy accomplished? The feltmaker adds a little soap and water to the wool, presses the fibers until they tangle together and hold the shape of...

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Overview

Feltmaking is the magical transformation of a loose pile of wool fibers into a durable, alluring nonwoven fabric. An ancient process that continues to work its wonder on modern artisans and crafters, feltmaking produces a flannel-like fabric with a tactile appeal like nothing else.

How is this fabric alchemy accomplished? The feltmaker adds a little soap and water to the wool, presses the fibers until they tangle together and hold the shape of cloth, and then vigorously works, or fulls, the cloth until it shrinks and strengthens to the desired shape.

In Uniquely Felt, Christine White, a professional teacher and feltmaker, gathers her considerable knowledge of the craft to write the comprehensive guide to all things felt. She describes the equipment, explores concepts and theories of felting, and thoroughly covers all felting techniques, including traditional, needle, three-dimensional seamless, nuno, cobweb, carved, and Beede ball.

And then there are the projects — handsome, indestructible bags; nuno shawls that marry soft wool fibers and wispy silks; bright picnic blankets and plush bath mats; lacy curtains made with impossibly sheer cobweb felt. Every project is striking in its fabulous depth of color and purity of form. There are no stitches, no seams, and no signs of woven cloth — just a wonderful, flowing piece of textile art.

The basic steps of feltmaking are simple enough to learn in an afternoon, but the infinite possibilities in every new pile of fiber keep enthusiasts fascinated for a lifetime. The process always begins the same way, but the fibers make the felting journey unique every time. This book is the ultimate guide to that magical adventure.

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“If any book deserves to be called “The Felt Maker’s Bible,” this is it. White, founder of Magpie Designs Felting Studio (www.magpiefelt.com), pours a rich draught of felt-making information into this manual, covering basic felt-making techniques as well as needle, nuno, cobweb, 3-D, and carved techniques and featuring 46 projects. But what makes this a title of lasting value for libraries is the depth of solid information it offers on the craft and its history, on various artists, and on related topics like setting up a felt-making studio, teaching felt making, and leading community felt-making projects. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries”. – Library Journal, April 15, 2008 (starred)
Library Journal

If any book deserves to be called "The Felt Maker's Bible," this is it. White, founder of Magpie Designs Felting Studio (www.magpiefelt.com), pours a rich draught of felt-making information into this manual, covering basic felt-making techniques as well as needle, nuno, cobweb, 3-D, and carved techniques and featuring 46 projects. But what makes this a title of lasting value for libraries is the depth of solid information it offers on the craft and its history, on various artists, and on related topics like setting up a felt-making studio, teaching felt making, and leading community felt-making projects. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580176736
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/14/2007
  • Pages: 311
  • Sales rank: 267,096
  • Product dimensions: 8.31 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine White is the owner and director of Magpie Designs Felting Studio (www.magpiefelt.com) and founder of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild. She lectures and writes about wool and felt, serves as a guest curator for felt shows, and enjoys teaching feltmaking techniques and developing both functional and artistic felt. Christine lives in western Massachusetts.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Truly the "Bible" of feltmaking!

    Christine White has truly written the ultimate "Bible" of felt making! I am new to felt making and have bought several books to teach myself the steps involved but Uniquely Felt is hands down the best! It is the clearest description of steps with the best illustrations. I have read it cover to cover as if it were a romance novel! White guides you through a brief history of felt making around the world and goes in depth into the different types of wool and the language of felt making. Each chapter builds progressively from easy beginner projects to advanced methods. The best part is that it is all so clearly explained. She walks you through the process step by step with great photo illustrations of each step (and photos of exactly what supplies you will need). She even includes trouble shooting tips and ideas for modifying the projects. I also like that each chapter features a famous felt artist with photos of their work for inspiration. This is an indispensible guide for anyone who is really ready to get into felt making!

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Great projects-easy to follow instructions

    This is a very comprehensive felting book that includes a bit of history, techniques and many projects-a great reference book for both needle felting as well as wet felting.

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