I found this excellent review on “Felt Frenzy” by: Joanna Daneman who in her own right, is an amazing watercolorist check out her site art-by-joanna. This is a really fun book on making felt–which is a shrunken woven or non-woven fabric. Felt Frenzy contains a number of techniques to make felt; not only knitting and shrinking, but also recycling, needle punch felt and raw fiber felting.Some of the projects are handbags from recycled felt. If you find an attractive Fair Isle or patterned sweater at the Goodwill, you can felt it, and cut it up and add handles. Now you have a stylish knitting bag or even a purse.Footieâ€™s and socks can be made from felt–felt slippers are standard “save the floor wear” in many places.
By far, my favorite “I haven’t seen THIS before” project is a pincushion of rolled wool that gives the effect of sushi rolls. How CUTE is that?!! A crafter could knock off these and give friends an adorable house gift.
This book has 26 projects with not only bags, but also flowers (felt makes good ornaments for other knitting and for bags,) pincushions (as I mentioned) and more. There are ideas other than the projects for the beginning felt maker. A really PRETTY book–very nicely done. I’d love to make a number of these attractive projects.
By Linda Lanese