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Nicky Epstein's Fabulous Felted Bags: 15 Bags to Knit And Felt Paperback – January 21, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Unicorn (January 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1893063151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1893063150
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Just look at that cover- sumptuous, and this book does not disappoint. 15 fun felted bags based on themes such as flora, fauna, pictorial, tapestry, geometric and textural. Expert knitter, Nicky Epstein, puts her versatility into felted bags to create some of the best around. They not only look good but are practical too. So when you want your felted frog, cat, flapper bag or houndstooth, you know what to do. This 82 page book with lavish photography, has easy-to-follow knitting instructions for the bags which are then felted in a washing machine." KarenPlatt.co.uk

About the Author

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.

More About the Author

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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This book has fun, whimsical designs for some very unusual felted bags.
LDH
Many of the patterns were a bit too far off the "normal" scale for daily use - but could be modified.
Stacey M Smith
Nicky's new book, Fabulous Felted Bags, is a treasure chest of delightful bags to knit and felt.
Linda Lanese

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By LDH on September 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book has fun, whimsical designs for some very unusual felted bags. I knitted the Wisteria bag first and it was pretty straightforward, as most of the decoration is in the form of knitted flowers and leaves attached to the completed bag. I am not exactly a novice knitter and I found the instructions to be too skimpy, sometimes ambiguous, and sometimes wrong. You can find corrections on the internet and hopefully they are included in subsequent printings. I then knitted Tropicana which is intarsia, although the picture is partly done in duplicate stitch. Do not use the Jamieson yarn called for in the book and provided in kits, as it does not felt well at all. The owner of my local knit shop did some bags in this yarn and it pilled and sagged. I used Cascade 220 and mine felted very nicely. There were a few errors in the Tropicana instructions as well, and these are not all covered in the errata. Even so the bags are very different and are good for learning new skills without worrying about fit. Also, felting is great for hiding the occasional small mistake.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stacey M Smith VINE VOICE on September 18, 2006
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Creativity: check - wonderful ideas: check - eye catching: check - little crazy: check! While I think Epstein is BRILLIANT - this book was not particularly one of my favorites. Many of the patterns were a bit too far off the "normal" scale for daily use - but could be modified. I wasn't sure of the intended audience - some of the bags look too childish but seemed intended for adults. Several petterns were creatively spectacular, but just too over the top. Did not anyone learn from Bjork's tragic swan dress?
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By book fiend on November 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I think many of Ms. Epstein's books are brilliant, this was a disappointment. Who actually over the age of 6 wants to knit a bag that looks like a swan? (think Bjork.) This book incorporated many techniques from her other books; so if you own these, skip this one and make your own design. Trust me. A design of your own could rival many of these.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. R. Brown on September 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book goes above and beyond the typical "knit a bag" books that are out there. It's as if an artist let you in on her secrets. Some of the bags are a little goofy in design, but the ones that are fabulous (Wisteria, Jacobian, etc.) are well worth the price of the book. Wherever I go, people say, "What a fabulous bag!" - Thanks Nicky!!! I want to own every one of her books!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Pratt on May 19, 2007
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and have knitted two of the purses - Striped Houndstooth and Fuschias. Both patterns are well written although not as detailed as I feel they could be. I do have to give customers one warning -- I didn't like the Shetland yarn. I bought a kit and I was satisfied with it until I felted it. It stretched like heck. I think it would be better to substitute the yarn and then possibly use it doubled. For the Striped Houndstooth I used Lion Wool (one strand) and it came out great - unbelievably thick and so nice. I think the colors are comparable to those called for in the pattern. I would suggest buying this book and then substituting the yarn so you won't be disappointed in your project. As always, I love Nicky's imagination. They are not boring to make to say the least! Keeps you interested until the last stitch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heidireader on November 5, 2007
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I, like other reviewers, found some of the ideas inane, some foolish and others exciting. One of the exciting ones I tried (with, unfortunately the Jamison's yarn in the kit, which felts poorly and pills easily) was written extremely badly, and it took me 4 tries to finally get it right, and only after completely disregarding the colorwork instructions. This is really inexcusable in a book of this cost, and I only hope that later editions were corrected. I won't blindly follow the insrtuctions in any other bag I try in this book, I'll follow what's on my needles.
Still, the book has some good ideas, but I would only recommend this to experienced colorworkers and felters.
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