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Needle Felting with Cotton And Wool (That Patchwork Place) Paperback – March 17, 2008
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This beautiful book will show you how to associate needle felting with applique and piecing. The whole technique is explained and the projects make you feel like starting something straight away, that is for sure. By the way, we have begun working on it... --Reader's Corner, Quiltmania Magazine
Needle felting is a simple technique that can be used to add enormous impact to textile projects. In this book, Jennifer and Linda provide guidance for combining the rich color and texture of needle felting with the cotton prints that many of us love to use in our quilts. After covering the basic techniques involved, the authors step us through nine specific projects, including a pincushion, photo frame, cushion and notepad cover as well as a variety of quilts. This book would be of interest to those who enjoy experimenting or who are looking for new surface design techniques to use in their quiltmaking. --Australian Homespun magazine
About the Author
Jennifer Kooy Zoeterman and Linda Lenich are the owners of Pure Wool, a company that provides needle-felting supplies.
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I have not made any projects yet, but the instructions are so complete I feel certain that I will be able to recreate the projects with success. In my opinion, the book is well worth the price, considering I want to make nearly all of the projects in it.
Now that I have purchased and read the book, I feel compelled to clarify a misleading statement made by another reviewer who said,"...I don't think you need an entire book to tell you how to poke a length of roving into a circle on a piece of muslin..." In fact, all of the projects use wool as their base, none of them use muslin. I bring this up because I hesitated to purchase this book, since I doubted whether the projects would turn out if they were done on muslin. As far as I know, you need some sort of wool as a base fabric in order for the materials to adhere to it.
I was so inspired by the book that I started shopping for the supplies to make that lovely Garden Folk-Art Wall Quilt, featured on the front cover, the same day I received the book. However, I was a bit disappointed when I discovered what I loved about that wall quilt (the variety of colors/materials used and the pretty scalloped edge) was also going to cause me some grief. Since my local stores did not have all the supplies, I was going to have to invest some time shopping online, and would have to wait to start the project until I received my supplies. Also, it was quite expensive to purchase everything they used to make the sample project. By using a straight edge, less colors of roving, wool, pearl cotton, etc. a lot of money could be saved, but you would sacrifice some of what I loved about it in the first place, the variety. So, I bought it all: wool fabric and felt in many colors/textures, home decor fabric (which is expensive) in floral, stripes, and plaid, six different cotton scraps for the centers of the flowers (only small pieces were needed, but I did not have scraps so I had to buy this too),tons of different colors of roving and #8 pearl cotton in many shades. Of course, I had to have the specialty rotary cutter and blade to make the pretty binding on the edge,too! Whew! A lot of supplies, and you know what? I think it will be worth every penny. Besides, you only need a little of each thing, so I will be set up for the other projects in the book that use a lot of the same supplies. The other projects in the book are not as complicated and don't call for nearly that many supplies. Yet, since many of us buy based on the cover project, I thought you should be informed about it.
This really is an amazing book. If the cover project intimidates you, I still think the simpler ones are worth getting the book for.
Note: It is my understanding that this book is now out of print, so I would recommend getting it while you can.
Working with a felting needle, a foam work surface, background fabric and the wool or cotton yarn, flowers, stems, leaves or any other shape you want can be created. The first chapter contains the instructions on how to create the felting and the materials needed to do so.
There are nine projects and each begins with a full color photo of the finished item. A list of materials and the finished size are found next. Then step-by-step instructions follow and are written in an easy to understand manner. Templates are provided if needed for the project.
There is a resource list in case you have trouble locating some of the items needed to do needle felting. Plus, there is a page each about the authors.