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About the Author

Petra Berger and her husband Thomas have found creative ways of celebrating the festivals and seasons of the year with their children. They are the author of several books of activities with children.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157202
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This craft book is wonderful for parents and children who wish to make natural toys that inspire creative play. In this world of video games, Pokemon, Barney, and Happy Meals, here is a lovely return to simple, down-home crafting. I made a six-sided felt ball in less than two hours; there are also instructions for doll figures, gnomes, fairies, etc. Some of the translation is a little quirky (this is a Dutch book,) and it is hard to get hold of 100% wool felt and carded wool, but with a little sleuthing, you can go right back to log cabin days and have a ball! Easy for the beginning crafter.
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I'd seen this book in catalogs, but it wasn't until I had one in my hands and flipped through it that I understood all the hoopla and praise. It's so full of easy felt projects, quite suitable for beginning sewers, dollmakers, and most especially children. I teach sewing to children and I use this book all the time! They love the tiny dolls and stuffed animals. If you can't find 100% wool felt or stuffing, it doesn't matter; the polyester type in craft stores will work just as well. There are so many rainy day projects in this book, you'd have to live in a rain forest to go through them all! I highly recommend. And if you like this book, check out my website for more recommendations: thesilverpenny.com.
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This book is definitely worth adding to your craft library. It calls for 100% wool felt, but I have had very good results using acrylic felt (since 100% wool felt is expensive and hard to find). At Halloween time my 10 year-old daughter and I made the cute little Gnomes in all sizes and colors. We displayed them on the television with props and referred to them as trick-or-treaters. We also made the "sitting cat", "horse" and "man made with pipe cleaners" for a school diorama project. When we made the six-sided felt balls, we stuffed them with polyester stuffing and weighting pellets and had a kind of "hacky-sack" type toy. We've also done the finger crochet which can be used for various projects. There are also patterns for finger puppets, tapestries, mobiles, animals, fairies, hazelnut children, necklaces, and wooden doll pegs dressed in felt. This book has appeal for kids and adults alike.
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By M. Simon on February 13, 2007
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My mother picked this book up from a store in Brooklyn and I just had to have one for myself. The projects are incredibly simple yet the results are adorable. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with your children. Many of the supplies can be found on doll-making websites as well as at chain craft stores. This is NOT a feltmaking book but rather a book on how to use felt sheets and roving to make small dolls. Once you start making them you can't stop!
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Nice project to let your imagination create. Terrific step by step instruction. Fantastic graphics.
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By m on December 31, 2011
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Hands-down the best book for sewing with felt-- adults and children! Each holiday season we take this out and use it as inspiration or gifts, ornaments, and general fun. Highly recommended.
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my fault for not checking reviews before purchasing. if you want to make finger puppets, gnomes, and really simple projects with your kids, this is the book for you.

if you want something more like the cover, don't bother. no info at all about needle felting.
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My son's preschool/kindergarten teacher had this book and we made some of the toys in it during a parent/toddler class I took with my daughter. It made for wonderful memories and both my kids still love to play with the things we made. Now my son is 8 and wants to make things himself so I found this book. We've already started making balls and having a blast. I just wish it was easier to find true wool felt instead of polyester. But we are making do. The directions are really straight forward and it's such a joy to make simple things as a family that get hours of play time later.
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