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Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle Hardcover – July 1, 2008
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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
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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.
A gallery of a few more pictures, a list of resources and a brief author bio that includes a plug for her website and business brings this 128 page book to a close.
This a fun book full of interesting patterns and techniques and one sure to entertain and enlighten creative folks. The numerous pictures taken by her professional photographer husband add a level of detail and helpfulness to the book.
Kevin R. Tipple (copyright) 2009
The instructions are incomplete, the measurements are off and it needs more photos to show what you are supposed to do. For example, the first project is a bumble bee. The first step is to roll the wool into a ball, but the photo shows a tube shape. If you look at the photo of the completed bee, it has antenae. There are no instructions on what to use for these. The ladybug is simialr. What was used for the ladybug's antennae? Wire? It says to sew the eys, but again, there are no instructions on how to do this. I felted the rabbit to the dimensions given and the head was way too small. And again with the eyes...no instructions.
So, I tried making the owl. Again, the size given for the head was not proportional to the body and the finished owl did not resemble the photo of her finished owl.
To make the frog's foot you are to define the toes by needdling an indentaion between towes. Pull the towes out and twist the wool between your fingertips. How do you do that?
So, unless you know a lot about felting before you buy this book you would do better to find one that gives a LOT more guidance.
This book has a good basic primer on materials: needles, foam, types of wool fibers that work best for needle felting. And a primer on basic techniques like rolling, flat shapes, cones, tubes. etc. There are 20 projects with detailed instructions. In those instructions you can find greater details on some techniques, like making the beak of a hummingbird, which is pretty clever.
I was trying to find out how to make eyes. The book came up frustratingly short on that detail. "sew a black bead on each side of the head for eyes." I can sew a button on a shirt and tie it off in back. There is no "back" to a needle felted animal. So I was lost - until I got to the sheep, the 16th project on page 93. That gave the details of how you tie off the sewing of the eyes.
As for the animal projects, most of them are pretty cute and serve as a primer. The reader can craft their own version of that animal. Most of the examples were pretty cute. Some were outstandingly cute - the rabbit, sheep, giraffe, some were not so cute in my opinion, like the frog and mermaid. But the reader gets a good, basic idea of how to put together an animal.
The gallery at the end has a goose and an elephant that I would like to attempt, and probably can do it after learning the techniques in this book.