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Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting Paperback – April 3, 2012
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About the Author
Nicky Epstein is the bestselling author of Knitting on the Edge, Knitting Over the Edge, and Knitting Beyond the Edge, as well as Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Flowers, Knitting Never Felt Better, Nicky Epstein's Crocheted Flowers and Nicky Epstein’s Signature Scarves. She is one of today’s hottest knitwear designers, and has gained worldwide recognition for her abundant creativity, groundbreaking sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs have been featured in Vogue® Knitting and other knitting publications.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first twenty swatches show how various fibers (wool, alpaca, cashmere) and fiber blends react to the felting process. Epstein then illustrates how lace, cables, various colorwork methods can be incorporated into felting to produce unique results. As with her previous guides, the swatches are large and the photographs show details clearly. Each group of swatches is knit in the same color, enabling the reader to focus on the stitches rather than having their eyes distracted by the yarn color.
What raises this to the level of an exceptional guide are her trademark touches. An entire section is devoted to dimensional felting described by her as: "performing a magic trick: A piece of plain, flat stockinette stitch takes on a three-dimensional quality. You perform this sleight of hand by inserting a shrink-resistant object into the piece before felting." Epstein then takes this technique and uses beads, embroidery and felted leaves to create grape clusters and 3-D flowers, as shown on the cover of the book.
The final third of Knitting Never Felt Better is dedicated to the special touches knitters associate with Epstein's work: appliques and embellishments, as well as templates for decorative items that can be cut from felted wool (a great way to use up swatches and felting mistakes!) and tips on transforming old clothes into felted toys, baby items and accessories.Read more ›
1. There are great before and after felting photos in many different stich patterns including lace. Even if you do not want to felt the pattern you can see what it looks like without felting.
2. There are before and after pictures of simple stockinette stiches in a variety of yarn
3. You are told how many time to wash the wool to get to the felted look you want.
4. Demension felting is one of the major sections of this book and the author suggest several options for tool to use for deminsional felting. To me this was the most inovative and inspiration portion of the book.
5. The book is beautiful just to look at over and over again.
If you are beginer many of the patterns will require the guidence of a more experienced knitter.
Like her previous books, it is an inspirational book to help you design; not a pattern book. Another reason it may not be for the beginer knitter.
This book has sections on basic felting and different fiber types, shibori style and dimensional felting, cables and mosaic patterns, all with swatches that show before and after felting. She has some patterns for garments and other felted items, and while I'm not sure all are for me, all are creative and beautiful examples of the techniques described in the book.
If you're just looking for a book of patterns for felted knits, this is probably not the one for you. If you are looking for one to spark ideas and demonstrate stitch patterns you might not have thought to use on felted items, this book would make a great addition to any knitting library.
She is the is best at creating definitive guides - regardless of the technique. The photos are lovely. There are several good patterns. Epstein inspires creativity and fearlessness. This is a great book to add to the knitting library.
The book is filled with different swatches that can be used in the felting process as well as several patterns. These include single color and multi-colored examples. The Floral Coat is beautiful but I think it's beyond my skill level. "This loose-fitting felted coat with tapestry floral motifs is embroidered in duplicate stitch and has I-cord closures and buttons." The book also includes many embellishments that can be added to patterns to make them individual and unique.
The Green Fair Isle Bag is lovely. It is a large size with two compartments in the front. The compartments are done with a Fair Isle technique. The book even touches on sculptural felting and shows a bowl with several types of fruit in it, all felted.
If you want to try felting, this book is the way to go. Personally, it scares me a bit but I plan to try some of the embellishments and see what happens. I'm always worried that my felting will not fit to size.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought 2 of these books - one for me and one for my dear friend. This book contains many ideas for adding that elegant felted touch. Shows technique and fashionable ideas. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pickle6
I love this book and find myself referring to it constantly for the knitted trees that I am making, and also because I am planning which project I will start next. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Liz
My knitting skills are sub par to my crocheting skills and felting hides a myriad of mistakes! I picked up knitting over the past few years and felting was a way to soften the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by iiiireader
This was an excellent book, good interesting projects and description of various techniques. Required to write more words but knitting is my passion, not book reviews!Published on March 10, 2014 by OmaSheu
Anything Nicky does is great. very inspiring and educational.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves fiber art. Read more
I can daydream as I browse this book and think of variations on what the author has presented. Very cool book.Published on May 15, 2013 by Phyllis M. Gropp
I love this book. Clearly illustrative photos. Great projects and tips. I will tell my knitting group about this wonderful book.Published on February 6, 2013 by MLG