Felting books

At the weekend I picked up a second-hand copy of Fabulous Felted Scarves by Chad Alice Hagen and Jorie Johnson. What I found fascinating was not just the ideas for different scarves (network felt made by winding strands around giant bubble wrap, plaited felt, shibori felt) but also the techniques they use for making felt. This includes speeding up the process using a portable electric sander.

I’m a bit wary about mixing electricity and water, but anything that helps speed up the process and saves my back must be worth a try. Nancy E Schwab, who also reviewed the book, used to have some great tips and tricks on making nuno felt on her blog. But she’s now pulled them all together in her own book, incidentally called Nuno Felting Tips & Tricks, which sounds worth a look.

And last but not least, Nicola Brown of Clasheen has teamed up with another felter, Chrissie Day, to publish From Felt to Friendship,  which includes an amazing felt bag incorporating fish skin. I haven’t bought this book yet – have to pay off my holiday first! – but an order will soon be winging its way to Ireland.

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Flextiles uses shibori, ecoprinting and felting to create original, one-off upcycled pieces. Extending the life of a garment by an extra nine months reduces its environmental impact by 20-30%.

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