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AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting & Felting Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158479707X
  • ASIN: B004KAB5O6
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #815,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Leigh Radford is the author of AlterKnits (STC) and One Skein (Interweave), a highly sought-after teacher, and the former art director of Interweave Knits magazine. She has designed knitwear for Interweave Knits as well as for Lantern Moon, for which she also created her own yarn. Her work has appeared in numerous books, including Weekend Knitting and Handknit Holidays (both STC). Radford lives in Portland, Oregon.

 

John Mulligan is a Portland, Oregon–based photographer. He also photographed One Skein by Leigh Radford.


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It has very nice projects and easy directions to follow.
Blanca Noriega
This book presents beautiful eye candy that inspires me to make, make, and make!
E. Carrier
This is one of those books I like to go through just to get inspired.
Liz

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By sfknitter on September 18, 2008
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AlterKnits Felt is a standout book amongst other felting books - Leigh Radford has made her distinct mark in this fantastic book. Full of great explanations on what fibers do in the felting process, different processes are covered and of course, great!! projects ranging from small rings to larger totes. The instructions go further than your typical instructions - you're told why to do some steps so as to make your felted item better in the long run and they're accompanied by really clear diagrams. A highly recommended book, especially if you're a fan of One Skein or AlterKnits!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Lisa on March 4, 2009
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This is a wonderful book and I'm really excited to make some of Leigh Radford's creations. However, this is a book with fulling and needle felting projects, NOT felting projects. Fulling is the process of taking already knitted or woven pieces and felting them (often in the washing machine). Felting is, by definition, working with unspun fibers. The picture on the cover may be a bit misleading since the balls are actually felted. The vast majority of the book's 30 projects are fulled.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack on September 23, 2008
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Being a huge fan of Ms. Radford's previous books, "AlterKnits" & "One Skein Knitting" I am pleased to see that her third effort only gets better & better.

The projects are thoroughly detailed, the use of color and imagination in their development is beautiful and inspired. Ms. Radford is a master and I always find projects in each of her books that a complete luddite like myself, can complete with confidence and satisfaction.

A brilliant and unique addition to my library, and a fabulous kick-start to my own imagination.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christine Cadorette on October 9, 2009
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From a small, adorable ring to a cover for an IKEA ottoman, there's something for all levels of ambition here. I really like the modern style of the designs. Some of the projects start of with something you've knit yourself while others have you start with a recycled wool sweater. I have to admit I like the looks of some of these recycled projects so much that I'm considering knitting my own sweaters just to recycle them into laptop sleeves or chair cushions. I really love the use of both color and texture in these projects. There's a nice span of techniques to get you there as well... texture is accomplished through shibori or cabling, color is added through knitting, needle felting, or surface embroidery to name a few options. The felted objects are either shaped through knitting or the felted fabric is cut into the desired shape. I really like the tone of the book too. I think this book and I are going to spend a lovely winter together.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Susan Schiffer on December 16, 2008
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I look to books like this for inspiration and find myself referring to it quite frequently. Nice mix of goodies to make. Not outstandingly innovative but good descriptions and, more importantly, directions.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Liz on February 26, 2009
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I haven't made anything from this book yet, but I just love the creativity. This is one of those books I like to go through just to get inspired. I bought another of the Alterknits books for the same reason and I like to support this kind of art. Highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Fairbairn on September 16, 2009
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i could hardly wait for this book to arrive and when it did it confirmed my suspicions-i am hooked. Can't wait to start on the wonderful Christmas 'Stockings', everything in this book is a pull on ones creative side, led by a master in creative ideas --you won't be sorry you bought Alterknits by Leigh Radford and the photography just enhances the 'Lure'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Carrier on July 9, 2009
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This book presents beautiful eye candy that inspires me to make, make, and make! Plus, the projects are fashionable, but with their own different twists. The projects range from purses and scarf-like creations to Christmas and home decorations. If I were looking for a felted/fulled objects book and had no prior knowledge of this book, this is the one I would go to first.
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