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The Complete Photo Guide to Felting

The Complete Photo Guide to Felting
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Ruth Lane

Format: Paperback, 240 Pages
ISBN: 9781589236981
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Illustrations: 500
Size: 8.25 x 10.8125
Weight: 0.13 lb.
Published: Aug. 1, 2012
DC: AQ
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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.

Ruth Lane is a self-taught fiber artist who loves to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns, and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills her creative passion. She has been a member of the Felting Forum -- an online forum of 2500 felt makers from around the world -- for four and half years and a moderator for three years. A longtime supporter of fine crafts, Ruth co-owns a fine craft gallery, The Purple Pomegranate which represents  more than 180 American artists whose work includes jewelry, ceramics, metal work, mixed media, woodworking, glass art, fiber art, prints and paintings. Ruth has taught felt making, including basic wet felting, nuno felting, making 3D felt objects using a resist, the use of a power sander in felting and dyeing of wool and other fibers for the use in felting. She writes a blog about felting and other fiber arts at http://ruthsfiberphotos.blogspot.com/ and has written several tutorials on various felting techniques as well as recurring articles about the elements and principles of design. She lives in Kalispell, Montana.

"The word ‘complete' in the title of the book is very fitting. If you've ever dabbled in wet felting, you probably realized very quickly that there was a lot more to learn. From carding your own wool to how to clean and dye it, Lane has provided it all." - Jenn Mason, Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, November/December 2012
"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
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Introduction

A Brief History of Felting

All About Wool and Other Fibers

Sheep and Wool Varieties

Other Fibers that Felt

Local Fiber Mills and Fiber Festivals

Embellishment Fibers

Preparing to Felt

Fiber Preparation

Dyeing

Inspiration and Design

Traditional Wet Felting

Equipment and Supplies

Techniques

Nuno or Laminate Felting

Equipment and Supplies

Techniques

Needle Felting

Equipment and Supplies

Techniques

Gallery

Glossary of Terms

Resources

Acknowledgments

Contributors

Index

Socialize
Giveaway