This richly illustrated how-to book is a comprehensive reference for various felting techniques, including needle felting, wet felting, and nuno felting. With these easy-to-follow, step-by-step directions and hundreds of full-color photos, you’ll be able to explore these easy projects that provide fun opportunities for you to try the techniques. Galleries of unique felted designs and creations by renowned fabric artists act as beautiful examples and inspiration to pursue the hobby yourself.
About the Author
Ruth Lane is a self-taught fiber artist who loves to create one-of-a-kind fiber art pieces and play with a wide variety of materials, including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns, and threads. She is also the author of the book Complete Photo Guide to Felting and has taught and written tutorials about a variety of feltmaking techniques, including basic wet felting, nuno felting, and making 3D felt objects using a resist. A long-time member of the Felting Forum, an online forum of 2,500 feltmakers from around the world, she also blogs about felting and other fiber arts at permutationsinfiber.wordpress.com. Ruth co-owns a fine craft gallery, The Purple Pomegranate, which represents more than 180 American artists whose work includes jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, mixed media, woodworking, glass, fiber, prints, and paintings. She lives in Kalispell, Montana.
"The wide parameters of the colorful world of felting will come as a surprise to all but the most experienced felters, who, along with those of novice status, are the audience expert crafter Lane addresses in the large-format, comprehensive guide. Lane offers this basic definition of felting: wool fibers are matted into fabric that historically was used as effective protection against the elements but has become a popular craft for perhaps less utilitarian but certainly increased aesthetic purposes. A presentation of fundamental practices leads the reader to confront and absorb lesson on advanced techniques, with directions by Lane expressed in patient prose and the ample illustrations assisting the text well. The greatly informative chapter "All about Wool" discusses such topics as grading wool and the various "breeds" of wool (which depend on the breeds of sheep from which they are derived). Washing the wool, carding, and dyeing round out the book's introductory portion, at which point the author imparts detailed information on three types of felting: traditional wet felting, Nuno felting, and needle felting, with techniques and sample projects given careful elucidation. A concluding gallery of greatly creative felted works by an array of artists adds final inspiration. For more encyclopedic treatments of various crafts, see the adjacent Read-alikes column." — Booklist, December 15, 2012