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Warm Fuzzies: 30 Sweet Felted Projects Paperback – December 10, 2007

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From the Back Cover

Transform Cast-Off Sweaters into Sweet Felted Treats

Warm Fuzzies is filled with more than 30 cute and colorful projects made from wool sweaters, including cozy ipllows and throws as well as stylish hats, scarves and handbags. There's something to make for everybody, including all the beloved "little creatures" in your life. Your pup will look adorable in the Haute Daw Doggie Sweater, and your favorite princess will adore the Teacup Jumper with the playful mouse finger puppet tucked in the pocket. There are plenty of projects for grown-ups, too, like the Rainbow Bag with rows of colorful waves and the Rustic Throw with reverse applique leaves.

The best thing about these projects is how easy they are to make... and there's no knitting involved! Simply throw old wool sweaters into the wash, then cut them apart to sew into felted goodies.

About the Author

Betz White has been designing apparel and accessories for over two decades, and retailers around the world carry her popular line of recycled, felted wool items. In addition to selling her work, Betz teaches workshops at the Textile Art Center in Minneapolis, and maintains a popular blog about "felted wool, artfully stitched." She recently received the Style Bakery's 2006 "On the Rise" Reader's Choice Award for best emerging gift designer. Learn more about Betz and her work at www.betzwhite.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (December 10, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610072
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610073
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Laura S. Heiman on December 28, 2007
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I am absolutely delighted with this book. This is the sort of book you show to all your friends and then refuse to lend out because you don't want to be parted from it. :-) I teach a lot of craft classes, and have a fair amount of experience with all sorts of textile crafts. This book is one of the absolute best craft books I have seen, for a variety of reasons:

-The projects require no expensive supplies - just old sweaters ($4/ea or less at the thrift shop) and any old sewing machine (no fancy stitches needed).

-The techniques are clever but very, very simple and quick. This is a fabulous book for those of you who don't like to get bogged down in the fussy details on your way to a finished product.

-The techniques are clear enough for anyone to follow.

-The projects themselves are clever and attractive, and made of all-natural materials.

-It's all recycled, but beautiful anyway - not many books pull that off.

-The techniques presented can all be combined to let your creativity run free.

-The book is well laid out, beautifully photographed, and blessedly free of typos (a pet peeve).

I got this as a Christmas present, and while everyone else was out hitting the mall the day after, I was at the thrift shop gathering sweaters. My first project was a pair of mittens, which, from cutting out to finished product, took perhaps 20 minutes. Then, I went out and shoveled snow for an hour in the completed mittens. My hands were still dry and warm when I was done; they're some of the best mittens I've ever made, including several pair that I painstakingly handspun, handdyed, and handkknitted, in what was probably well over 20 hours each. (Perhaps the instant gratification has something do do with that?) My husband didn't believe I made them - he said they looked too good. :-)

Buy this book! But stay away from the wool sweaters at my thrift shop. They're mine, all mine!
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I ordered this book because those cupcakes looked so yummy, so I hoped that I might find one or two more projects that I wanted to try. When I got it, I found myself getting more and more excited as I turned each page. Every project looked easy, fun, and so beautiful that I immediately wanted to run out to goodwill and buy a bunch of wool sweaters to throw in the washing machine. The projects are so varied--from hats and scarves to bowls and bags--that I know I'll get a lot a great projects out of this. Definitely worth the money. I cannot wait to start!
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To begin with: of course I was attracted to the cover of this enchanting book, Warm Fuzzies, by Betz White! It hit a home run with me visually, instantly! What is more charming and delicious looking than a collection of adorable, felted cupcakes, complete wth cherries on top, and each tied up with a felt bow, or decorated with a rim of ric rac? The sprinkles just completely do you in: they are decorative pearl straight pins and they add the final touch to a thoroughly clever and charming pincushion project! I momentarily wondered if Betz White's creations would be too overly sweet or too young for me. Or would they potentially be too difficult for a neophyte (that's me, again!)to actually make? OR...could I conceivably accomplish what I hoped, which was success as a recycling felter: what Betz promises in the early pages of her book? Would I be able to skip the knitting you commonly do before felting wool, and cut to the chase, making the projects I really liked employing used sweaters found at thrift stores? This is such a great idea! Recycling is so important. So are fun craft projects!

This delightful "green" book did, ultimately, really fullfill my needs in each way!
Betz has some projects which are easy (some little brooches which I especially like stand out, for me!). She also has some projects which are slap down chic. Two I love in particular which I wish to mention are her "Just Right Tote" which IS in fact "just right" for my low key New York area where I live, and any other place where you might underplay your sense of style but at the same time want to show it, in a sense. And to be able to say, "I made it myself?" That is the best feeling of all!
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This book made me feel really good about myself. First of all the projects in this book are so fun and easy that they go together very quickly. Nothing puffs up my sense of achievement like a completed project, more importantly a completed project that dosen't look like crap. I really felt accomplished and that is a pretty important sensation for me when undertaking anything.

Granted, the photos of this book are so brightly colored that you will want your project to look just like the picture. It would be nice, however once you get over that you will find that what you can find out there to work with will be just as cute. I found a truly lurid neon, geometric angora/wool sweater from the 80's that NO ONE in their right mind would wear again. Wrong! It made for a couple of really cute mad-bomber hats that look great on a small child.

A lot of people have noted that finding materials for the project is not always easy to find. True story, but this is also the toughest challenge to finishing these projects. However, if you are like myself and enjoy a good scavenger hunt and like to travel, then you have a nifty little side quest to add to all your vacations and trips.

If you are looking for instant gratification in your crafting, give this one a shot.
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