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Beginner's Guide to Needle Felting [Paperback]

Susanna Wallis
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Book Description

25 Sep 2008
Learn how to make charming cards, pictures, jewellery, a bird and even a figure from wool.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (25 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844482510
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844482511
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 20.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Needle Felties is in the '20 To Make' series from Search Press. It's the first book I have made for the '20 to Make' series, so I had to more precise and succinct than my previous book, 'Beginners Guide To Needle Felting'. ( The 20 To Make series are compact books ).
The publishers rang me in February and gave me a very short 6 week deadline for the designs with suggestions for some ideas, could I make a cat, simple animals, fairies and a meerkat?
It was exciting to be asked to create a new book. I had to dispel the fairy and meerkat ideas as they were both too large a project for this book, but I have included some more basic doll, naive/Shaker style cat and sheep designs and a few slightly more complicated ones such as the teddy bear and the pig. It was a real challenge to so many diverse and hopefully original items in just a few weeks...especially as making a new design can take longer as one has to experiment, be aware of potential design issues and adjust the designs as one goes through the creative process. It was necessary to make more designs than would eventually fit into the book, as the publishers would choose those that were most suitable. I managed to meet the photographic deadline for the designs, then it was the time for working on the text,it was a busy few months!
Now this book is published I feel inspired to make more projects for the 20 To Make series both for needle felting and for other crafts, so watch this space...

As well as writing craft books, I also teach craft workshops to adults and children. I design and make crafts,selling via the internet, in galleries and at craft fairs. My work can be seen at SusannaW@Etsy.com, where there will also be a longer profile and up to date info on exhibitions, workshops and stockists for my designs.
I hope the books inspire you to get creative and that you have lots of fun making and adapting the projects.

I have exhibited at Country Living Fair, the Knitting and Stitching show, am a visiting tutor at Guilds, womens groups, craft shops, colleges, schools and arts centres. Forthcoming classes at Blossoming Together Arts and Craft Gallery Cafe ( SE London ), at The Make Escape, Hackney, The Create Place, Bethnal Green, and at Fabrications in Broadway Market, all in East London.
Please contact me for teaching schedules / enquiries.

BA Hons Design
Open College Network Textiles Qualification Course
City and Guilds Feltmaking
City and Guilds 7307 Teaching Certificate ( Post 16 )
The City Lit. Papermaking

Commissions are welcome.

Past Exhibitions/Fairs/Markets include:

-Country Living Fair
-Marylebone Village Fair
-Knitting and Stitching Show
-Dulwich Craft Fair
-Kids.Modern, Dulwich
-The Thames Festival
-Greenwich Market
-Broadway Market, London Fields.
-Spitalfields Market
-Greenwich Steiner School Advent Fair
-Kings Langley Rudolph Steiner School Advent Fair
-St Pauls Steiner School Advent Fair
-The Make Escape, Hackney London
-Things British Craft Jam West End/Carnaby St
-Make London Christmas Market South Bank, London

My first book, Beginners Guide to Needle Felting ( Search Press ), was published in 2008 and has subsequently been reprinted. I have been invited to submit a project which will feature in a book due out next year by Crafts Expert / Blogger Momtaz Begum-Hossian.

-Acorns Parent and Child Group, Blackheath
-The Make Escape, Hackney Attic with Momtaz Begum-Hossain
-Various Guilds / Craft Groups in London/South East.
-Blossoming Together Gallery and Crafts Cafe, South East London.
-Fabrication, Broadway Market, London Fields
-The Create Place, Bethnal Green, East London
-Greenwich Steiner School, Blackheath London
-The Knitting and Stitching Show, London
-The Make Lounge London - themakelounge.com
-Finishing School London finishingchoolisfun.com
-Eastbury Manor House, ( National Trust ) East London
-The Glen Gallery, Ballymena Northern Ireland
-Walberswick Village Hall, Suffolk

'My children still mention how much they enjoyed Susannas workshops'
Emma Freud, Broadcaster

Stockists:Please contact Susanna for up to date info

Product Description


Workshop On The Web: This is a lovely book containing six projects (shown on the cover) using hand needle felting. These range from a simple design for card-making to a country scene, complete with fluffy sheep. The projects, as they are aimed at beginners, are all quite simple to follow, and there is a good variety of techniques covered. It is a good introduction to needle felting, especially if you are interested in applying the technique to make dimensional objects. The materials you require are quite basic (needles, wool, foam) so you can get a feel for the technique without having to buy a lot to get started. There is the opportunity for further work (for example, using raw wool to make felt balls, carding your wool to blend colours and using pipe cleaners to create a skeleton shape to work around). Pictures are included of variations of each one, so you get an idea of which direction you can progress in. The emphasis here is on making your first experience of needle felting fun and colourful - and it certainly succeeds. Whoever thought that a felt tea service could be something that you just have to have! Samantha Packer Cloth Paper Scissors: Hand needle felting is one of the easiest and most satisfying of the fiber arts. Whether you want to create a small sculpture, a piece of jewelry, or an embellishment for a larger project, this book will get you started. Susanna Wallis begins with a review of the basic materials and techniques. Then she walks readers step by step through six projects. There are plenty of large, easy-to-follow color photos and lots of helpful tips included too. A perfect beginner book. Machine Knitting Monthly: From time to time we mention this fascinating technique in the magazine and it's good to see a book to give us lots of ideas. Once we've mastered the basic technique we can go on to made cards, pictures, jewellery and even a figure from wool. Susanna Wallis demonstrates how to create wonderful pictures and three-dimensional objects using wool and simple needle felting techniques. The techniques are simple and clearly explained with step-by-step photographs. simple projects that are illustrated with step-by-step color photographs and appropriate for crafters making their first attempts at needle felting. The general focus in most needle felting books is creating something cute (yet complex and detailed), so it's good to see a simpler approach for beginners.-Library Journal USA This is a great introduction to the technique of needle felting. Using a single barbed needle or a multi-needle tool, the methods are all clearly explained and illustrated with clear step-by-step photographs. From country pictures to three-dimensional pieces, you'll discover all the techniques you need to create a wide range of projects.-Stitch

About the Author

Susanna Wallis is a craft designer and tutor. She has a BA (Hons) in Design and is a member of the International Feltmakers' Association. Craft has been her passion for as long as she can remember. She mostly works in textiles but particularly loves feltmaking and combining wet and dry felting in her work. She exhibits at Country Living fairs and regional fairs, and her work has been featured in Country Living magazine. She also designs paper crafts, embroidery, mosiacs and jewellery.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start 8 Mar 2009
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This is a good book to start you off in the new hobby or craft of needle felting. Good clear step by step instruction. Some simple east projects and nice photography.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners guide to needle felting 2 Nov 2010
This is a very clear instuctive book and well photographed, very helpful. I have tried some of the designs and have been pleasd with the result. Have not had a lot of success with the bird but I shall keep perservering. On the whole a great book.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Guide to Needle Felting; a great start 13 April 2011
By Nessie
A good little book that gives a basic introduction to the craft. I had been introduced to the craft by a friend so wanted something to explain the technique again and give me a more inspiration. This book fulfilled both those requirements. There are enough projects here to keep me felting for a while, and also ideas that I could, with a bit of thought, expand myself. I have tried the cards first as they are the easiest to do, and then I love the cup and saucer featured on the front cover. The cup could be filled with small items to make a thoughtful gift. Would recommend this book for what it says it is a "Beginners Guide"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Absolute basics 1 Feb 2012
Just as the title says, a beginner's guide.
If you have never needle felted before and you need to know about materials, tools and very basic techniques, with very basic projects to get you started, this is the one for you.
Prior to purchase, I already had a beginners knowledge and experience of the subject and hoped that this book would suggest how to develop basics skills a little further. It didn't, so a little disappointing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starter. 25 Nov 2011
This is the second book I had bought on needle felting. This one was better, clearer and more descriptive with handy tips for new needle felters. The book has some nice project ideas- I have already used a couple of ideas and adapted them to the things I want to make. Very helpful.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginners Guide to Needle Felting 3 Mar 2009
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Needle felting is yet another hobby I would like to try. This book is good value for money, easy peasy explanations, user friendly illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good starting point for needlefelting 19 Dec 2011
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A good introduction to the craft of needlefelting covering both two dimensional and three dimensional objects. I feel this gives sufficient detail for someone new to this craft but also inspiration to try out new ideas.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beginner Guide to Needle Felting 18 Dec 2011
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Good basic beginners techniques. Easy instructions and the projects are fun and explained fully, a good starter for those just beginning this craft.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not very inspiring but is as it says beginners
Published 19 days ago by Fran Catnach
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a beginner
I am new to needle felting & have made 3 items in 2 months with the help of this book. Very easy to understand & I recommend it to anyone considering trying needle felting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by islander
3.0 out of 5 stars I'ts ok.
I found this book useful. It explained the basics. I now feel confident I can make animals by needle felting.
Published 2 months ago by sally mcgrath
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic techniques
As the title implies, this is a book for absolute beginners. I just started needle felting, beginning with a kit and then trying out some ideas of my own. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Grace Barrett
2.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing
Although this book does show a diverse range of easy projects that can be achieved with needle felting, I was a little disappointed with the presentation of the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. Megan K. Bendle
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting
little book for anyone new to needle felting. Some easy projects for a beginner with quick results. I hadn't realised you COULD felt with a needle until I saw this book on here.
Published 4 months ago by isismoonchild
5.0 out of 5 stars great book!
If your starting out doing needle felting, then this is the book to start with, its simple to understand, and all my friends are now getting homemade cards.
Published 4 months ago by miss pamela j tyler
4.0 out of 5 stars Felting
I chose this book as I had never done needle felting before and hoped it would show projects and techniques. Read more
Published 7 months ago by pickwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a book for beginners and it gives easy to follow instructions. There are some lovely projects which can be easily adapted for one's own ideas.
Published 7 months ago by Natural
5.0 out of 5 stars beginners guide to needle felting
Well illustrated book and some fabulous items a must if you want to take this hobby up and the price was great
Published 7 months ago by sammy
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