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The Art of Feltmaking: Basic Techniques for Making Jewelry, Miniatures, Dolls, Buttons, Wearables, Puppets, Masks and Fine Art Pieces (Watson-Guptill Crafts) Paperback – May 1, 1997

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The essential materials of feltmaking are basic--wool, hot soapy water, a pair of scissors, and your hands--yet the results are anything but simple. This attractive book explains how to get started in the craft, then thoroughly explores making ropes, beads, and flat pieces of felt (the three basic feltmaking techniques). From there, the felt you create can become sculpted figures, flowers, butterflies, masks, vessels, puppets, buttons and other clothing embellishments, various wearables, and even a miniature scene with manipulatable figures. All of the techniques and projects are carefully explained in step-by-step detail and supported by clear color photos. Most of the items have a lovely folk-art quality, with vivid colors and handmade charm.

About the Author

An experienced teacher, author, and designer, Anne Einset Vickrey conducts workshops and writes articles about the craft of feltmaking. She has also hosted two videos on the subject and created a line of feltmaking kits. Anne’s work has been featured on The Carrol Duvall Show (Home & Garden TV) and on the Lifetime Network. In addition to The Art of Feltmaking, she is the author of Felting By Hand, a step-by-step guide to Scandinavian feltmaking techniques. She lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

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Product Details

  • Series: Watson-Guptill Crafts
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (May 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823002624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823002627
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.4 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,300,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
Since my earlier review, we have used this book extensively - kids and mom included. All our children turned out some beautiful artwork, and had a great time in the process.
The layout of the book is well done, and the different methods are covered in a logical order. The pictures are so clear they both illustrate and motivate. It is a pleasure to turn the pages and gaze at the photographs and page designs.
Contents include: getting started-materials and tools,making felt ropes,making beads of many shapes and sizes,rope and bead figures, flat pieces of felt, felt balls, small felt projects such as buttons, flowers and butterflies, masks, felt vessels, seamless wearables, finger and hand puppets, making a felt scene with posable figures, patterns, a source directory (US only unfortunately) and an index. Once you master the basic techniques, it is up to your creativity to reign!
The directions are clear and step by step, making it very "do-able" as a family craft activity. I get the feeling the author must be used to teaching this craft to families and children, as she really spells out each step.
All in all, this was a purchase we are still really happy about - it is a very family-friendly book. It would be great to see further publications by this author showing more advanced techniques, and showcasing her designs.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 1999
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This is a beautifully illustrated, inspiring book. The basics are covered in wonderful detail, as well as more advanced projects,and they are things you really want to make! We found the instructions very clear, and many clever hints are given to make felting straightforward, and lots of fun. Having been a bit scared to try my hand at this craft, in the midst of experienced felters, this book helped me to jump in, and then get hooked! Fantastic!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jill on August 11, 2007
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This is a good book, wonderfully illustrated, with clear directions. It is definitely a good resource for the beginner. However, I was looking to do something specific (make dolls), so only a small portion of the book was pertinent to my task. I should have realized that from the title - it does say that there are lots of different projects to make. The other thing is that this book only covers a single method of felting - called 'wet felting'. There is also a method called 'needle felting', which is not covered in this book at all. I find needle felting easier, less messy, and more 'airy' looking... all of which I liked better for the project I was doing. That said, wet felting is definitely the way to go with kids. It takes a lot of elbow-grease, but is rewarding and fun. This book would be good for someone experimenting with different wet felting projects and those doing projects with kids.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Natalie J. Coombes on November 24, 2007
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I am really sorry ( as i hate not giving good reviews) but i found this book far too simple and childish in its finished felt. Now having said this, I CAN see a use for it in schools. The ideas were most suited to young children i thought. A good weekend/holiday craft book for the children to have some fun and keep out of mums hair. lol
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on March 17, 2007
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Using just a few basic techniques, the books show a variety of felt projects. It begins with a history of felt, with lots of information on materials and tools. Projects include felt jewelry, slippers, mittens, hats, balls, dolls, toys, pouches, bowls and masks. Beautifully written and illustrated. 144 pages, soft bound.
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This is a great book for beginners. Good instructions and great pictures. Lots of fun ideas.
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This book is a fabulous book explaining wet felting techniques. As a complete novice, I was able to follow the instructions to make many cute projects by myself & with my daughters (6 & 8yrs old). The pictures are helpful & inspiring. I highly recommend it.
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so many ideas, not enough time! I love this book such great and simple projects for my children and I and then some grown up beautiful ideas too.
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