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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International, US (1 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589235258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589235250
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sharp, Laurie. "Wool Pets," Creative Pub.: Quayside. 2008. c.128p. ISBN 978-1-58923-385-0. pap. $19.95. FIBER CRAFTS Expert needle felter Sharp presents a collection of 20 wool figures, mainly animals, plus a couple of mythical creatures for good measure. Beginning with basic techniques for needle felting, Sharp quickly moves on to simple projects intended to get newbie felters comfortable with the tools and techniques. Unlike other needle-felting books, this one describes and illustrates each step of the process, which makes it easy for felters of all skill levels to replicate any of the creations in the book. With minor changes in color or shape, many of the basic patterns could be used to create different creatures (the goldfinch, for example, could become a cardinal). Highly recommended --Library Journal<br /><br />This book is very inspirational! The photos are beautiful and the instructions are very clear. I haven't yet made anything, but I know there will be a learning curve. I don't expect my first project to be as gorgeous as the ones in the book, but it won't be because of a lack of clear directions! I am a visual learner and there are lots of pictures so I feel that I will be able to follow along. I also own a couple of the author's needle felted creations and she is a true artist! --sewing blogspot dot com--I'm fairly new to wool felting, and this book has provided me with inspiration and confidence. The directions, enhanced by photos of each step of the felting process, are clear enough for a beginner to follow easily. The level of difficulty ranges from simple to complex, depending on the project - this book offers something for everyone. The sculptures are adorable - perfect for holiday decorating and nature tables. My young daughter loves to play with the sculptures I've created. I own several of the author's whimsical and beautifully detailed wool sculptures. Her talent shines in this book. --Craft Club--This book is terrific. The written directions are very clear, and the clear photographs show each stage. The author's encouragement to adapt the shapes to make animals of your own choice and color scheme helped this novice needlefelter craft some really cute creatures for our upcoming church fair. Highly recommended--Craft Club--Anyone can make cute and cuddly creatures from a handful of fluff and a barbed needle!Needle felting is a new craft and is gaining in popularity. There are only a few books written on the subject and most of those focus on 'flat' needle felting on a surface. This book is about sculptural needle felting - creating 3-D animals and figures using the felting needle to sculpt wool. The book shows the techniques and describes how the felting needle works with wool fiber to create felt, while explaining the differences between this art form and other forms of felting. The reader will learn how to hold the needle, what sort of materials to use, and why. --Craft Club<br /><br />I am so thrilled that I ran across Laurie Sharp s Wool Pets. Not only does Laurie do amazing felting, but she carries a whole array of felting supplies and felting kits in her ETSY shop. Her blog 'Wool Pets' is filled with the most adorable little critters, dolls and many other felted goodies. Be sure to stop by wool pets and look over Laurie s amazing felting art. She also holds classes on felting, so check these out and look at the class creating adorable hummingbirds. --craft gossip dot com

If you love animals, this is a great technique and project manual, whether you are new to needle felting or more experienced. If you have never tried it before, the very basics are covered at the beginning, and the projects progress in skill level, so you don't need to feel daunted. There are very clear step-by-step photos and instructions throughout, making the projects very easy to follow. I love the bumblebee magnets (one of the first projects), and I love the swirls of the turtle's shell. The styling is a little whimsical, but still ideal for those who prefer a slightly more realistic aspect to the appearance of their crafts (rather than the current trend for quirky edginess). A very adaptable craft is here presented in a very approachable manner --waterstones dot com

I am so thrilled that I ran across Laurie Sharp s Wool Pets. Not only does Laurie do amazing felting, but she carries a whole array of felting supplies and felting kits in her ETSY shop. Her blog 'Wool Pets' is filled with the most adorable little critters, dolls and many other felted goodies. Be sure to stop by wool pets and look over Laurie s amazing felting art. She also holds classes on felting, so check these out and look at the class creating adorable hummingbirds. --craft gossip dot com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Laurie Sharp is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 5 years. She raises her own sheep, and shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp, who is a professional photographer. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nannie dragon on 26 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is great. Clear instructions helped by good graphics and photos. Good results. A reasonably priced book. Would be perfect for beginners or accomplished needle felters. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jacquie on 27 Jan 2014
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This book was a, bit of as disappointment to me.
Firstly in the introduction it tells th he reader NOT to use merino wool tops for needle felting as merino wool is unsuitable for the task. This advice is completely contrary to any other book, blog,magazine article or class I have ever encountered. .I use merino wool all the time for needle felting and have had some fantastic results. Merino wool is easy to felt, relatively cheap and comes in a fantastic range of colours. Therefore I feel such advice is confusing for someone new to the craft.
I believe the author keeps her own sheep and uses their wool so that might explain this advice
The projects in the book are Ok but to me they have a fuzzy and unfinished look, again I feel this is down to the wool used.
I have several needle felting books and much prefer Spool Buddies to this book
I will probably try some of the projects but I will use them as a guide only .
I wouldn't recommend this book to a beginner or to anyone in fact , there are far better books on the subject
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sue on 15 Jan 2011
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a lovely book - good for beginners and those wanting more of a challenge - very clear instructions and great photographs to inspire you! I made the bumble bee and a ladybird within two hours of having the book delivered!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By happy on 29 Sep 2012
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A lovely book containing lots of inspiration. Clear photos and lovely projects. I love this book. Thanks to Laurie Sharp and her husband for this, it will be treasured for years and years :-)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kim on 10 Dec 2011
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a lovely book with plenty of ideas for these little charming animals. step by step guides, would make a great gift
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Robinson on 2 Oct 2009
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This is a good book to get you starting making felted animals. worth the money and the wait for it to be reprinted.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2010
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This paperback edition has all you need to know about felting animals from frogs to pigs and includes a mermaid too. Learn how to sculpt felt creatures. Step by step instructions with photographs. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Milburn on 14 Jan 2012
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I bought this book along with 'I Felt Awesome' as an introduction to needle felting. I guess I was swayed by the penguin on the front!
There is a useful introduction to wool fibres at the beginning, this author uses fleece from her own sheep for her projects, which I think, after a little more reading into the subject and some practice, becomes apparent in the finished article. A lot of the projects just look a little too woolly and unfinished to me, but that is just my preference and felting style. I have ended up not using this book too much, prefering the technique and style of writing in the other book i purchased, but like I say, thats just my preference.
I wouldn't buy this book for a friend.
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