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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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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Nicky Epstein Books; Reprint edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936096366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936096367
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 11 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nicky Epstein is one of today's most prolific and versatile knitwear designers, authors and teachers. She has gained worldwide recognition for her artistic, distinctive and innovative work, whimsical sense of style and informative workshops. Her designs continue to be featured in many knitting magazines and publications, on television, and in museums.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Brody TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 16, 2012
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If you're a knitter interested in felting, this is the book for you. It is filled with different patterns and swatches. It has samples of felted yarns - before and after - including Lorna's Laces, Nashua Handknits and Plymouth Yarns. There are two pages on the felting process which include how-to's such as putting the felted pieces in a mesh laundry bag and stopping the wash cycle every few minutes to check the process of your felting. Some pieces need to go through several wash and spin cycles to be complete. "A general rule of thumb is that the knitted piece will shrink by about one-third." Some colors may fade in the process but this depends on the yarn. "Stockinette and garter stitch are best suited for felting, because most stitch patterns are lost in the process."

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Haley Mathiot VINE VOICE on March 21, 2012
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This book is not so much a pattern book as it is an encyclopedia. There are some projects, but the focus is techniques. I love designing my own patterns - I never follow other people's patterns if I can make my own - and this book is perfect for designers who are looking for new ways to felt.

This book shows you how to felt shapes into your work, create patterns and designs, and utilize texture, shape, and color for some really cool effects.

Recommendation: Knitters who are just getting started in felting, or looking for some new techniques to incorporate into their felting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Underground Crafter on August 7, 2012
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Sixth & Spring Books recently released a paperback edition of Nicky Epstein's Knitting Never Felt Better: The Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting. If, like me, you missed out on the hardcover edition, I recommend that you check this book out.

Although the patterns inside are geared towards knitters, this book provides a really thorough examination of felting, so I would even recommend it for crocheters. The book opens with Go Felt Yourself, an overview of felting, which includes general felting instructions, FAQs, a list of ten great yarns to use for felting (as recommended by 60 yarn shop owners), and before and after photos of a 23 stitch stockinette swatch in 19 different yarns. The chapter closes with two patterns for knitting projects along with felting instructions.

The next chapter, Dimensional Felting, is by far my favorite. In this chapter, Nicky explores different techniques for creating dimensional projects by attaching marbles, balls, nuts, pebbles, shells, buttons, dowels, and other objects to your finished yarn creation while felting. She also shows some great examples of textures created by drying felted yarn with binder clips attached. This section is filled with swatch pictures that include details about how the effect was created, as well as 6 project patterns and 12 stitch patterns.
In A Potpourri of Stitch Patterns, Nicky explores stitch patterns that "still maintain their visual interest" after felting. This section includes 6 cable stitch patterns, 6 mosaic patterns, 39 color stitch patterns, 2 one-color slip stitch patterns, and 10 lace patterns, as well as one project made from a pattern stitch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KS knitter on October 6, 2012
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Great book that brings new life and variety to felting. Just what I had been looking for to give techniques to personalize my self-created felting patterns. (Great patterns to also use)
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