Reported by Cassandra Darwin
I received this book – Fabulous Felt by Sophie Bester – as a birthday gift and was excited to see what kind of project ideas I could work with for my growing collection of wool felt. I also used the book as a reference when writing up the comparison between wool and synthetic felt. You can see below that there is a nice introduction to felt and examples of when you should use the different types.
Also included in the introductory chapters are a few guidelines and techniques for cutting and adhering felt. As well as embellishing with glitter, pastels, and paints. Who knew you could use pastels on felt?
Another page that I really appreciated was the one that review 4 popular embroidery stitches, and included easy to follow illustrations. This is a skill set that I have been wanting to improve…
And then you get straight to the “30 exquisite ideas for sophisticated home decor and stunning accessories.” I flipped through all of the projects pretty quickly and nothing initially jumped out at me. I have to say that the book was published in 2006, and was originally released in France and the UK. So the latest US craft trends are not in any of these projects (cupcakes or cute forest animals for example).
The projects range from Moroccan tea glass cozies (a great pattern to copy!) all the way to butterfly lampshades and a cuckoo clock. Two of the projects that I liked best are pictured below.
I may not be making hairclips, but I can think of about 10 other things that I would love to adhere these felt strawberries to: aprons, tote bags, greeting cards, and maybe even a baby onesie. You can see that the patterns are pictured on the same page as the project and the instruction tell you how much you’ll need to enlarge it for your felt pieces.
The other project involved some snails, leaves, and mushrooms along the edge of a toy box. I fell in love with the coiled felt snail shell below.
- Gave me some great ideas to start using up that growing felt collection
- Also included useful techniques and felt overview
- Includes patterns and detailed instructions if you want to make the exact projects that are pictured
- Some of the projects are a bit dated
- Most projects only include one or two pictures – I would have liked to see more pictures of each item, including at least one showing the entire completed project
Do you have this book? What did you think? Leave us a comment and let us know.