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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906388148
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906388140
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,542 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lizzie Houghton trained as a fashion designer and has always been a clothes maker. She now exhibits, sells and teaches in the world of felt textiles. She lives in London.

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The pictures are very good, as are the instructions.
Judith E. Walsh
"Felting Fashion" is a highly recommended book which people interested in the subject should have by their side.
Alfa Brou
This book has beautiful examples of nuno felt which is why most of us will buy it.
M.Clifford

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By VioletaKu on June 14, 2010
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I cannot understand how a craft book missed step-by-step pictures. As an intermediate felter, I find very dissapointing buying a book which pretends to be a guide for larger projects and you won't find even an only picture on the process! Nothing! Only written explanations and quite shoddy drawings.
The pictures of the coats, hats, etc are nice( really nice work) and inspirational... if you discover yourself how to do them.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sally Laflosser on August 23, 2009
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This book is inspirational. A good review for intermediate felters, offering new things to try. I find some details in the "how to" descriptions are missing though, and you just have to trust that what you are doing will work. For beginners it would be a tough slog, as they'd not have prior knowledge to fall back upon.
Beautiful pictures.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MsRoxie on August 12, 2010
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This is one of the rare craft books I own where every project inspires me. Thanks to the popularity of wet felting and nuno felting, there are now scores of books on both topics, and I own several of them. This one stands out. The focus goes beyond making simple items to creating felted fashion. It contains clear instructions about basic and advanced techniques, but the real focus of the book is on adding creative touches to both the fabric and the cut of the finished items. It's a great book for both new and experienced felters and won't move to the back of your bookshelf.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carol M. Porter on September 28, 2009
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This is the book I have been looking for for the past several years. Beautifully written, detailed descriptions of the various processes. Exceptional designs and ideas for things you would actually want to wear. I can't wait to make at least 5 projects to start. Very inspirational.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By June A. Cable on August 23, 2009
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This is a wonderful book for advanced felters. It allows for fusion of all techniques of felting and other fabric arts. Great inspiration. Easy to follow instructions and clear photographs.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CorNit Felt Art on February 7, 2011
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1. Although the book contains how to make felt don't think that's enough for learning it! It's a book for people with at least basic wet felting know how. (I always advice learning the basics live and after that you may develop with other tutorials.)
2. You have to read this book for the informations because there are pictures of ready felts and only a few drawings to understand the constructions, no step by step photos. But that's absolutely ok an enough! There are templates of a few jackets, shawls, hats and details like making pockets, seams; and you learn how to make templates like these.
3. You can learn nuno felting by following the descriptions.
My conclusion: If you want to learn how to felt clothes and you already know how wet felting works, first try it with this book instead of travelling far and visiting an expensive course. (You can do this later if this book isn't enough or you want to know more.)
Only 4 stars because it's a pity that there is only one photo showing how a felt coat looks on a person. Every other coat is shown only layed down flat or hung.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 16, 2009
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Practical ideas for creating lovely clothes from felt provide step-by-step directions for working with nuno felt and offers designer Lizzie Houghton's original creations. FELTING FASHION: CREATIVE AND INSPIRATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR FELTMAKERS offers Houghton and others' original works and teaches how to make everything from brooches and hats to jackets and coats. Needlework libraries looking at felting guides will find this an appealing pick.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By madame on November 4, 2012
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This book is nothing more than grandma's "brag" book. The book does not contain inspirational and creative techniques for felters. It contains many photos of the authors work, which in my opinion is not masterful. The flower and the spiky brooch look like student work. The instruction is non-existent with the exception of a few line drawings.
Without Nuno felting listed in the title, I was also chagrined to find that a good porton of this book delt with this topic. This was a disappointment, There are precious few good felting books out there and this is not one of them.
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