Felt Frenzy by Heather Brack and Shannon Okey
If Shannon Okey (of Knitgrrl fame) and Heather Brack haven’t written the definitive primer to unraveling the alchemy behind felting, they’ve come exceptionally close. With Felt Frenzy, the two fiber enthusiasts—they live for the needle arts, and it shows—will induct you into the mysteries of shrink felting, welt felting, and needle (”dry”) felting, as well as more-advanced techniques such incorporating beads into felt, Shibori textile dyeing, and quilting felted fabrics.
Among the 26 projects are 5 devoted to recycled felt, or what the authors define as “repurposed knits (such as old sweaters) that are felted, sewn, embroidered, knitted onto, or otherwise manipulated into new items.” (One of the tips they provide: Accumulate lots of thrift-store sweaters in the spring and summer when they’re cheap. Make sure you check out the clothing tag to determine fiber content, however.)
You’ll get to tackle an embroidered felted needle case, a stained-glass sweater pillow, a camera case for your point-and-shoot, a French-press cozy, and a patchwork felted jacket.
The brief note on vegan felting—think soysilk batts, my herbivorous compatriots—was a thoughtful touch. ($21.95, paper)
This review refers to a first American paperback edition, courtesy of Interweave Publishing. Felt Frenzy can be found in stores now.