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Needle Felties (Twenty to Make) [Paperback]

Susanna Wallis
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10 Nov 2012 Twenty to Make
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.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press Ltd (10 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844489051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844489053
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 15 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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


A bit of colored fleece and a felting needle will have you creating the 'Matrooska' Russian dolls on the cover. Slow and steady wins the race for the Tortoise Felties. The textured shells of the tortoise are an added touch. The Starfish Felties are sure to delight with the use of beads as an accent on the arms. If you want to try felting, this is a nice introduction to the craft with colorful photographs and wonderful little animals and dolls.-www.examiner.com

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, mosaics and jewellery.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars needled 20 Nov 2012
Needle felting is a great craft and one that is relatively cheap to do with needles and a foam base. This book is part of the Twenty to Make series and explores making little characters and animals. I think the author has struggled a bit with the faces - it's not easy to get all those facial features on something so small. I would have put one of the animals on the front cover - the mice, robin, bunny, cat, tortoise or pig I prefer these to the characters. The starfish and toadstool are fab too. If you are new to needle felting, you might also need a book with better technique instruction. This review first appeared on yarnsandfabrics website.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Needlefelting 22 Feb 2013
By Heather
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Good fun with lots to do - bright and colourful - a helpful addition to your craft library collection when needlefelting
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 8 Jan 2013
By Lou
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Not the best book I've bought! Very amature designs. Maybe a good book for a young person who would like to try needle felting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book 7 Oct 2013
By Harvey
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This book has lots of nice animals and other projects to make. It has pictures of each completed piece with written instructions on how to make it. I would like it better if it had has simple instructions and photos showing the different steps involved but thats because im a bit lazy when it comes to having to take the time to read the instructions but I do think it would have been clearer to follow if it illustrated the intermediate steps involved. I am looking forward to getting myself organized and trying to make some of the very cute critters. I think this book might be good for somebody who already has a bit of knowlege of needle felting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars very basic 22 Sep 2013
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The cover photo is the best picture in the book. It's very basic, maybe should be advertised as being for children.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing 25 Jan 2013
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The designs are (as someone else has commented) rather amateurish. It would be a good book for someone just starting out, or an older child.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic needle felt 1 Jun 2014
By becky
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Bought as a starter book to needle felting. Basic instructions are all on I've page then the designs from there are individually shown. Slightly confusing to keep going back and fourth, would have preferred to have breakdown pictures of the designs rather than just the finished design. Like I said just a beginner so could just be me...would recommend for easy, basic designs
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love to craft. Then this great for gifts. 1 Jun 2014
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Looked a lot. Arrived promptly. Loved to do different projects. A seven year old loved the results. Would make a great gift for others who like to do crafty things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent just what I was looking for
Published 23 days ago by Kathleen Ogg
5.0 out of 5 stars As expected
I had already seen this book so new what it was like. Looking forward to trying some of the projects.
Published 2 months ago by mandjankers
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book
A small but very good book, easy to follow and you can produce brilliant felting even if you are a beginner
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. P. Clapham
1.0 out of 5 stars Needle felting projects...disappointing
Ok book...but could have got these projects off internet for free. Wouldn't recommend :-( save the money to buy more crafty stuff & look on Google 4 free projects! Far better!
Published 3 months ago by marika cathrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect transaction
All went as well as it could go with this order. No delay, item arrived in condition as described and I have no reason for complaint.
Published 3 months ago by Alma Abbs
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
As a beginner needle felter, this is just what I was looking for. Would highly recommend it to any one.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs C P Bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars pressie
I bought this book sas a present for afriend who has just got into needle felting and she loved it.
Published 8 months ago by gayabandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant little book
This book is wonderful for the price!! It is full of lovely little items to needle felt. I have never done needle felting before but the book is inspiring with lots of detail and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Susie Q
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to understand
This book has easy clear instructions to follow, a good beginners book to Needle Felting. Once you get started there will be no stopping you.
Published 11 months ago by Linda Hill
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