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Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Sharp , Kevin Sharp
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Anyone can make cute and cuddly creatures from a handful of fluff and a barbed needle!

Needle felting is a new craft and is gaining in popularity. There are only a few books written on the subject and most of those focus on 'flat' needle felting on a surface. This book is about sculptural needle felting—creating 3-D animals and figures using the felting needle to sculpt wool.

The book shows the techniques and describes how the felting needle works with wool fiber to create felt, while explaining the differences between this art form and other forms of felting. The reader will learn how to hold the needle, what sort of materials to use, and why.

There are about 20 complete projects including various birds, bugs, four-legged animals, and people-each one unique and irresistible! Laurie also shows the reader ways to display their felted creations as mobiles, ornaments, or arranged in shadow boxes.

Editorial Reviews


Sharp, Laurie. Wool Pets. Creative Pub.: Quayside. 2008. c.128p. ISBN 978-1-58923-385-0. pap. $19.95. FIBER CRAFTS   Expert needle felter Sharp presents a collection of 20 wool figures, mainly animals, plus a couple of mythical creatures for good measure. Beginning with basic techniques for needle felting, Sharp quickly moves on to simple projects intended to get newbie felters comfortable with the tools and techniques. Unlike other needle-felting books, this one describes and illustrates each step of the process, which makes it easy for felters of all skill levels to replicate any of the creations in the book. With minor changes in color or shape, many of the basic patterns could be used to create different creatures (the goldfinch, for example, could become a cardinal). Highly recommended. - Library Journal, August 2008

About the Author

Laurie Sharp is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 7 years. She raises her own sheep and shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. She has been featured on HGTV’s “That’s Clever.” You can view her web site at Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp. Kevin is a professional photographer, and provides both the beauty and how-to photography for this book. His work can be viewed on

Product Details

  • File Size: 5327 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1589233859
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international (January 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1PVP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doing Something Different With Wool August 17, 2009
Needle felting is using wool fibers and shaping them to create an object like a butterfly, kitten, rabbit, etc. The basics are wool, a barbed needle and a foam pad, though in the materials section, the author explains in words and pictures that it can be a bit more complicated than that. For example, the basic felting needle is "...a long, sharp, three-or five-sided barbed instrument." (Page 6) Needles come in a variety of gauges and vary in the number of sides and locations of the barbs.

After an introduction that also discusses what to use as a foam pad and the types of wool, the book goes into basic techniques starting on page ten. How to properly "needle," "roll the wool,""making flat shapes," and sculpting are covered in two pages of text and numerous photographs. The photographs, like all the ones in this book are done by Kevin Sharp, the author's husband, and are fairly close in detail.

The patterns begin on page 13 with "Bug Magnets." Patterns for "Bumble Bee" and "Lady Bug" are used with the "Bumble Bee" result much more realistic looking. That is quickly followed with a "Penguin & Chick "pattern, a "Butterfly Pin" one, and a "Bunny" pattern. Each of the twenty patterns in this book ranging from a "Border Collie" (Page 74), to a "Cat" (Page 80) to a "Giraffe" (Page 104) feature a close up large and in color picture of the finished item with detailed step by step instructions along with numerous pictures during various stages of the construction process. They range from the simple such as the previously mentioned "Bug Magnets" to the complex "Mermaid" found on pages 110-117 or the "Gnome Girl" on pages 118-125.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
I'm fairly new to wool felting, and this book has provided me with inspiration and confidence. The directions, enhanced by photos of each step of the felting process, are clear enough for a beginner to follow easily. The level of difficulty ranges from simple to complex, depending on the project - this book offers something for everyone.

The sculptures are adorable - perfect for holiday decorating and nature tables. My young daughter loves to play with the sculptures I've created.

I own several of the author's whimsical and beautifully detailed wool sculptures. Her talent shines in this book.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book July 25, 2008
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This book is very inspirational! The photos are beautiful and the instructions are very clear. I haven't yet made anything, but I know there will be a learning curve. I don't expect my first project to be as gorgeous as the ones in the book, but it won't be because of a lack of clear directions! I am a visual learner and there are lots of pictures so I feel that I will be able to follow along. I also own a couple of the author's needle felted creations and she is a true artist!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear directions to create adorable creatures October 6, 2008
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This book is terrific. The written directions are very clear, and the clear photographs show each stage. The author's encouragement to adapt the shapes to make animals of your own choice and color scheme helped this novice needlefelter craft some really cute creatures for our upcoming church fair. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginner Resource! November 16, 2009
By L. Zsom
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Beautiful, hardcover book. Excellent for beginners, especially (which I am!) Explains different types of needle felting tools and wools/fibers. This book covers just what it says - pets and small critters with a mermaid or two thrown in for good measure. No purse patterns, here :)! Many projects with very detailed color pictures for each step of each project. Starts with easier projects and builds up to small dolls at the end of the book. This book was an excellent confidence builder for a new needle felter, like me - it's given me confidence and skills to branch out and try my own designs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book with GREAT Pictures January 4, 2010
The pictures in this book are Great..the best yet ive found on needlefelting..I was quite surprised by how much detail they give for each project....I can jump in and just do any of the animals...they are very nice..with detial..I have 4 of these animal felting books and this one is the BEST.....B.W.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new, but very cute and easy to use January 26, 2009
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Nothing new here, as there are several books on how to needlefelt animals. This one is a nice big hardcover with large color photos of each step, which is more than some books on this subject offer. There's also a nice mix of animals in here, such as a bat, instead of the "cat/dog/mouse" instructions in other similar books.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the Ideal book January 30, 2012
By julia
I started felting with this book and know I have felted for 2 years and it is still my very favorite book! The photoes are inspiring and the patterns easy to follow. great for all levels!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! I'm glad I purchased it! Lots of cute things to do with great instructions!
Published 25 days ago by critterhollow
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a beginner at needle felting and this book is awesome. Great...
This book is FABULOUS! I am a beginner at needle felting and this book is awesome. Great photos to get you on you started quickly.
Published 1 month ago by C. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Beginners
My felting teacher recommended this as the best book to start with, and I agree. Cute critters, easy-to-follow instructions, lots of step-by-step photos. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Virginia Bates
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Wife loves this book.
Published 3 months ago by James R. Hitz
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Awesome little book. My daughter did her first project and loved her baby penguin. Thank u!
Published 4 months ago by TriciaG
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AWESOME BOOK! much larger than I thought it would be!
Published 4 months ago by Kai
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Great for beginners
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Published 5 months ago by C. Asher
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really useful and artistic book with very clear directions
Published 5 months ago by Sara Lazwik
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book so much bought it for three friends
Love this book so much bought it for three friends. Felting projects are fun and easy to do with great instructions... Highly recommend.
Published 6 months ago by Miriam Schuman
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