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126 Tips for Feltmakers

126 Tips for Feltmakers

126 Tips for Feltmakers
Author- Liz Evans
Published by Textiles Anyone – 2012
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Full colour ISBN: 978-0-646-57867-5
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126 Tips for creating great felt. This is the book that the author herself wishes she’d had when she started felting. You will benefit from Liz’s more than 20 years of experience as she guides you through the creative process; whiles helping you to avoid the pitfalls. There are tips for laying out, tips for rolling and getting a quality finish; tips for carding and working with colour; tips for when things go wrong and tips for just having fun with felt.
A great reference, no feltmaker should be without.

Review by Martien van Zuilen

This is the second book by Australian felt maker and fibre artist Liz Evans, and follows her acclaimed Layers for Feltmakers (2011). Liz discovered felt making in 1990 and became captivated by the versatility and possibilities it offered. She has since become recognized as a maker of high-quality felt, accompanied always by a keen aesthetic sense, an eye for detail and her quest for original design and form. Add to this her reputation as a generous and valued teacher; she is highly regarded amongst her peers.

126 Tips for Feltmakers is the reference book Liz wishes had been around when she first started making felt and, being of a similar felting generation (when few books were published and on-line information was a thing of the future!), I can understand her sentiment!

In this book, Liz shares her felt-making methods that she refined over more than 20 years of practice. It contains diverse, innovative, as well as proven tips for anyone who wants to enhance their work and ease the process. Each chapter covers a particular stage of the felting process, including Equipment, Laying Out, Wetting Down, Rolling, and the all-important section on Troubleshooting. As a fellow advocate of well-made felt and ‘serious play’, my personal favourite is the chapter on Finishing, followed closely by those on Colour, Carding and of course Miscellaneous Fun! Extensive supplements include sections on Colour Theory and its multiple applications in felt, a Carding Video, Suggested Reading and Useful Links. The information is presented in clear fashion and the comprehensive use of photography fully illustrates the text throughout.

There is not one definitive way of making felt, however, as Liz states in the introduction, ‘some methods are more efficient and produce better felt than others’. With this in mind, I think that felt makers from all areas of interest and levels of experience will find something of interest in this book. I recommend it!