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*Starred Review* Like most textile crafts, felting has great appeal, not only because of its tactile sensibilities but also because it gives crafters wide room for creative designs. White offers background on the history of felting in various cultures and useful information on wools and other materials while still getting to the knitty-gritty of how to make things. Starting out with a description of materials and tools, prep work, and the basic techniques, the book then transitions quickly and easily into beginner-level projects before getting progressively more advanced, running the gamut from apparel to art pieces. White’s expertise really shows through in the project instructions, providing small sidebars on variations of technique or practical descriptions and the reasoning behind the processes involved. Interspersed throughout the book are profiles of different felt artists that illustrate the scope of the limitless possibilities of felting. The photos are great, showing the finished pieces along with the steps in the process so you can see what your hands should be doing. Recommend to experienced crafters but also as a great resource for those just getting into felting. --Tina Coleman

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“If any book deserves to be called “The Felt Maker’s Bible,” this is it. White, founder of Magpie Designs Felting Studio (www.magpiefelt.com), pours a rich draught of felt-making information into this manual, covering basic felt-making techniques as well as needle, nuno, cobweb, 3-D, and carved techniques and featuring 46 projects. But what makes this a title of lasting value for libraries is the depth of solid information it offers on the craft and its history, on various artists, and on related topics like setting up a felt-making studio, teaching felt making, and leading community felt-making projects. Highly recommended for large public and academic libraries”. – Library Journal, April 15, 2008 (starred)

 
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (November 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580176739
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176736
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With a growing number of felting books out there this is the book that you will continue to use long after you learn the basic technique! Chris White manages to give you all the basic history and technical "hows" and "whys" in a way that is easy to understand along with lots of fabulous color visuals. She then follows up with a variety of techniques (including nunofelting and cobweb felt!) and 46 projects. Every time I pick it up I find another bit of information either on types of wool or appropriate tools for specific projects or just words of advice from Chris's ample well of knowledge. A well rounded book presented in a very user friendly format! A winner, for certain.
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This book is beautifully illustrated on substantial paper stock. The graphics are very well done. The book covers practicalities like proper posture while felt-making and watching out for creepy-crawlies in your wool. The techniques range from simple cord making to creating yardage for upholstery projects to making your own fedora. Up until now, the only felting I've done was the accidental machine washing of a wool scarf. I'm really looking forward to trying these techniques.

One caveat - if you are looking for a good reference for the popular craft of needle felting, you won't find very much here. There are only 3 pages skimming the topic. You might consider Indygo Junction's Needle Felting: 22 Stylish Projects for Home & Fashion for a better text on needle felting.
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Just skimming through I caught one of my errors in wet felting (if a little bit of soap is good, then a lot of soap is better... NOT) So.. I can be a bit excessive.
The style is as one friend speaks with another. Wonderful analogies to bring home points and so much content. Amazon has a section for "look inside" and it is the tip of the string. If you are at all interested in wet felting, go for it. At 320 pages it is engaging/detailed content with personality and style. No cursory fluff overview. Enjoy!
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Bought this book because I'd heard so many rave reviews about it, but Ive got to say I was disappointed when I got it. I am a new felter, and it does have good instructions in it. The book is a gallery portraying various felting artists and their designs. Unfortunately, most of the designs/projects were rather bizarre/outlandish wearables. Not anything I would ever wear. And can't say that I've ever seen anyone walking down the street wearing anything remotely like the projects portrayed in this book. Overall, very informative, but not very realistic. If I had to do it over again, I would have rather borrowed it from the library.
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If you love fiber - you need this book! There seems to be a huge influx of books on the art of felting...but "Uniquely Felt" has served me as "The Textbook" for this exciting fiber art. Christine White is able to speak in easily understood terms as she explains the various nuances of this craft and she does so in a wonderfully conversational way, and best of all she teaches you how to listen to the fiber and work with it creatively! For me this book was like sitting at my studio table with my fiber and a concept...and Ms. White laid out in concise and lively manner the whys and how-tos to assist me in creating the projects outlined in the text.
This book is for everyone, from those with a passing interest in felting to the fiber artist who wants to uncover this timeless and fascinating art. All you need is this book, some fiber and a bit of water and soap and you will be able to create these projects as a springboard to all things Unique to Felt!
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Big book about wet felting. The best one on wet felting I saw. Big range of projects, a lot of information about different kinds of wool. Definetely would buy it again!
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This is an excellent felting book! It answers any question you ever had on felting. Chris White brings you through her learning experience. Great projects and it is the size of a text book you would purchase for a college course taking you well beyond felting 101!! It is well written and an enoyable book to read. Thanks Chris!!
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I'm new to working with felt and this book is an excellent introduction to the material and various techniques. There are enough choices of projects to keep me busy for a long time, too. I like having lots of choices when I'm learning to work in a new material, and that's definitely the case here. The projects are described well and the materials list is excellent. Also, the list of resources is a plus - no long hunts for anything too obscure or expensive.

I would definitely recommend this book for anyone new to working with felt, and even for those who have some experience there are some inspiring variations and techniques they would enjoy.

Very well illustrated, too - I do like having good pictures when I'm learning something new!
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