Felt is durable, versatile, malleable and easy to make. All you need to get started is a felting needle, a foam pad and wool, so there is no great outlay on equipment, and beginners will be able to create the needle felties once they have mastered the basic techniques. Experienced felters will also love the inspiring characters: a rocking robin, Russian dolls, a snowman, a sheep, a fuzzy fish and much more.
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
-The Thames Festival
-Broadway Market, London Fields.
-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