Wool Pets: Making 20 Figures with Wool Roving and a Barbed Needle

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Anyone can make cute and cuddly creatures from a handful of fluff and a barbed needle!

Needle felting is a new craft and is gaining in popularity. There are only a few books written on the subject and most of those focus on 'flat' needle felting on a surface. This book is about sculptural needle felting—creating 3-D animals and figures using the felting needle to sculpt wool.

The book shows the techniques and describes how the felting needle works with wool fiber to create felt, while explaining the differences between this art form and other forms of felting. The reader will learn how to hold the needle, what sort of materials to use, and why.

There are about 20 complete projects including various birds, bugs, four-legged animals, and people-each one unique and irresistible! Laurie also shows the reader ways to display their felted creations as mobiles, ornaments, or arranged in shadow boxes.

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Laurie Sharp (Suquamish, WA) is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 5 years. She raises her own sheep, shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. She has been featured on HGTV's 'That's Clever'. View her web site: www.woolpets.com. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp.

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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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