BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Felted Bag Bookcomments (192) March 22nd, 2010
Felting is one of the oldest methods of fabric making on record, dating back to at least 6,500 BC. It is also one of the simplest forms of fabric, and is very easy to replicate at home. In her newest book The Felted Bag Book, (St. Martin's Griffin, 2010) Susie Johns shows how to turn raw wool fibers into beautiful, durable bags.
There are four basic methods to making felted fabric - wet felting, knit felting, crochet felting, and 'recycled' felting. Each method has its benefits. Johns explains how the different methods of felting work, and gives patterns for some cute projects for each.
The knit and crochet felting techniques require some previous knowledge, but only the basics. If you're looking to broaden your craft horizons into knitting or crochet, felting is a great place to start. Felting hides most of the details of the fabric, so any beginner mistakes will be invisible!
The Felted Bag Book includes 21 projects with detailed instructions, templates, and a few variations as well as over 250 full color photographs. Felting is a great project for younger crafters in particular because of how simple and fast the projects can be. If you're looking for an afternoon project to make with someone else or by yourself, or you're in the market for a cute new bag, you should definitely check out this book.
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