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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and really inspiring, 10 Jan. 2011
This review is from: I Felt Awesome: Tips and Tricks for Thirty-Five Needle-Poked Projects (Paperback)
I have only recently discovered needle felting and have bought a number of books to teach myself how to do it and what can be done with it. They were much of a muchness really: cute felted animals and book covers, mostly...

But this book is definitely different. In fact, when I first got it (I pre-ordered it because the title appealed so much) and flicked through it I was a bit disappointed: yet more felted animals and covers for mobile phones. But when I looked more closely, I started to chuckle with delight: felted animals? Yes. Cute? No. How about a Sheep Of The Dead finger puppet? Or a faux Mr potato head with a slightly dangerous leer? There's a mobile phone cover, but it's designed in such a way that it looks like it's gone mouldy. Or perhaps you'd like a pair of voodoo doll earrings?!

There are also projects such as desk skittles, a necklace that looks like a string of green olives (with pimentos of course), and a hand cameo brooch that incorporates a real doll's hand into its design! The first thing I have made from this book is an ashtray with a lit cigarette in it (all made from needled felt of course), which makes me smile every time I look at it because it looks so realistic. Each of the projects in this book are different, quirky and easy enough to do - and I doubt you'll find them anywhere else. They've definitely helped me to see the possibilities of needle felting - and it's not all cute animals!

The first 35 pages of this colourfully illustrated book (clear, detailed photos) give detailed explanations of the techniques that will be needed to make the projects in the rest of the book, such as how to make a basic puck or tube shape, or how to blend colours. It's also stuffed full of handy tips, and it's whole tone is friendly and fun.

I have a Kindle, but bought the hard copy of this book and I'm glad I did because of the colour photos.

Highly recommended - it's wonderful and all credit to the author.
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