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Nikola went to the farm to see the animals up close, but she so a group of women making fuzzy hats and poking crazy needles into the fluffy pieces of fiber. She relates that she almost knocked everyone over to get a closer look at the women and what they were making. From that time she was hooked on felting. She was fascinated with all the things you could make with wool fiber hot water and a little soap. Poke it with needles and within minutes you have a wonderful piece of art. Well it was almost enough to make her want to devote her life to exploring felt. She had always been part of the Indie-crafts movement, but into more traditional crafting until she discovered that you could make felt items with a funky urban twist that would knock people socks off. Now Nikola and co-author Brookelynn Morris invite us into their magical world of felting with their new book that will be released in a few days. The name of this book is “Feltique”. They have pictured magnificent projects for us to try in this wonderful book. The illustrations are beautiful as is the entire hard covered book. Each project is laid out for us so we can easily understand and follow the instructions. They also have a vast array of projects using felt in several different ways.  Such as; Wet felting, a process involving heat, moisture, and agitation, requires only a little soap, hot water, and elbow grease. Needle felting, in which you turn wool fiber into needle felt by merely pricking it with a felting needle, is like sculpting with wool. Fulling, the process of knitting or crocheting a garment and then agitating it in hot water and soap, creates a strong, durable wool fabric. There are also some projects using commercial felt that you’ll want to try such is the stunning necklace featured on the cover of their book.  You will be surprised as to what you can actually make with felt. Like gorgeous thirsty coasters or flower trimmed hat. There is a pattern for a pillbox hat in this book that you will definitely want to try, I know I will. They also lay out basic knitting and crocheting techniques for us, so if you are not a knitter or you have never tried crochet it is clearly laid out so you can begin a new journey in crafting.  There are more than 45 unique projects in this book for you to try.  Each one of the 45 projects are quick and doable.  Now everyone, here is our wonderful gifts from Nikola Davidson and Brookelynn Morris co-author of  Feltique.  Brookelynn put together five stunning felting kits to giveaway to my readers. These earrings are featured in their book. So this is not only a book review but a felting kit giveaway and five lucky people will be getting these kits. I want to thank everyone involved from our accomplished authors to the publishers for allowing me the opportunity of presenting this book Feltique and being able to hold this amazing giveaway!  “Feltique” will be released on May 19, 2009 you can pre-order this book from Amazon.com or from, Random House. Heidi works with Random House and is their author’s most passionate promoter. She is the one responsible for sending out this amazing book and making sure we were part of these promotional felting kits. Thank you to all who are involved with Feltique!  To enter this giveaway, tell what intrigues you about this new felting book Feltique in the comment area  and you will be entered in the giveaway.  This giveaway will run from May 11th through May 24th.  I hope you all find this book as interesting as I do and purchase one for yourself or a gift and try some of their amazing projects. Sticky Wicket Crafts is the brain child of Nikola “Wicket” Davidson, at the beginning of her crafting career. They are committed to using recycled, non-toxic materials and worker-friendly products whenever possible. Their mission is to provide original craft kits that are high quality, creative, and fun! Sticky Wicket Crafts is proud to be part of the indie craft revolution in Seattle.  Nikola co-founded and served as Urban Craft Uprising’s first President.  She is now working on a how-to book that features Urban Craft Uprising’s best crafts. Brookelynn Morris co-author of Feltique worked very hard on this book and creating these amazing kits. Her art  has been featured on the cover of craft magazine.  She does amazing felted fruits and several other felting applications.  Craftzine has an informative interview with Brookelynn you will want to read.

By Linda Lanese




Comments

60 Comments so far

  1. Corvus on May 11, 2009 5:49 pm

    While I know logically that comment number one has just as much a chance in a random number drawing as any other, I still find myself shying away from it. How weird. Perhaps someone else will comment whilst I’m writing.

    Felt is one of those materials I’ve toyed with, dreamed about, but ultimately never pushed myself into headfirst as I should. What you’ve said and what I’ve seen of this book, however, makes me thing it could be the shove I need.

  2. Amber on May 11, 2009 6:06 pm

    Felt intrigues me. I’d like to have some projects to learn how to manipulate it.

  3. Omi Gray on May 11, 2009 6:30 pm

    I am glad to know that all the different types of felting techniques are included this book.

  4. Shirley M on May 11, 2009 6:44 pm

    I’ve sewn Christmas ornaments with already made commercial felt, and they were well received by people. Yet I’ve never done any actual felting myself, although one of my fellow crafters SWEARS by wet felting fibers into rugs. I’m intrigued by the idea of wet felting – anything involving water should be fun!

  5. Sylvia on May 11, 2009 7:46 pm

    The necklaces on the cover of the book is enough to make me want to see it! Lovely.

  6. Jaimie on May 11, 2009 8:27 pm

    I work with felt very rarely and would love to learn the techniques used in this book. :)

  7. Renee G on May 11, 2009 9:58 pm

    I’ve never done any felting and I’m not even quite sure how to start. But, I love new projects and this sounds like fun. And, I keep seeing felting everywhere.

    rsgrandinetti(at)Yahoo(dot)com

  8. Barbe Saint John on May 11, 2009 10:35 pm

    oh my goodness! the cover of this book is amazing. Just gorgeous!

  9. Alison on May 12, 2009 2:31 am

    I love working with felt – it is such wonderful textile with so much opportunity for creativity and the element of surprise as it is transformed. I have made some felt from fleece and sewn Waldorf/Steiner toys/crafts with woolen felt and always gets lots of oohs and ahhs from children and adults. I can see from the cover and title that Nikola is sharing something unique and I am intrigued to find out where her creativity has led her and what I could do too.

  10. TJ on May 12, 2009 4:44 am

    You’ve made the book sound perfect and, as others have noted, the cover looks wonderful. I’d love to be able to create works of art like that.

  11. Juliet A on May 12, 2009 5:12 am

    All the felting directions I’ve seen are for cute little animals or country style home decor. I would love to use felting to make something fun and interesting to wear. the idea of felting earrings is especially cool, because I love big earrings, but my ears don’t like the weight. Felt earrings would be awesome!

  12. Tricia on May 12, 2009 6:34 am

    I’m intrigued by this book because it combines different felting techniques. I’m already familiar with needlefelting, but have never tried wet felting. This book would give me the push I need!

  13. Elena on May 12, 2009 6:37 am

    I’m intrigued by non-traditional uses and applications of felt. Thanks!

  14. Joan on May 12, 2009 6:55 am

    I have never tried felting, but this book has me very much interested in all the things that can be made by felting, like the earrings. It will be a new hobby for me.

  15. anne on May 12, 2009 7:36 am

    What intrigues me is the description of “unique” when describing the projects….so many felting books have popped up…but so few different techniques/projects…new and different aka “unique” will be awesome.

  16. Kim R. on May 12, 2009 8:45 am

    I am intriqued by the different methods of felting that are included in this book. Please enter me – Thank you!

  17. Whitney on May 12, 2009 9:11 am

    I love to work with felt, and love to see new ideas and techniques for using it. The cover of this book is pure eye candy to me!! Thanks for a new bunch of inspiration!

  18. Jags on May 12, 2009 9:42 am

    I am a spinner and always end up with little leftover pieces of wool. I think felting would be an awesome way to use the little leftover bits to make something fun!

    I really love the title, If I saw it on a shelf I would just have to pick it up to flip through it!

  19. Charlotte Whiworth on May 12, 2009 10:05 am

    I have always enjoyed using felt in Christmas and other seasonal projects. I would love to learn how to do wool felting to make penny rugs, and jewelry, or ornaments to decorate my house. I have always used kits with pre-felted wool for penny rugs and holiday wall decorations. The craft of using felting more sounds very interesting to me. This book would make learning new techniques for felting more challenging!

  20. EJ on May 12, 2009 10:39 am

    Judging this book both by its cover and your description makes it unbeatable. Can’t wait to see it.

  21. Carmen on May 12, 2009 10:59 am

    I have just made my first felted bag and I LOVE this technique. I’m beginning to see why people say it’s addictive. I’ve love to learn more and it seems the book would be perfect!

  22. Nicole on May 12, 2009 12:54 pm

    The necklaces on the cover intrigued me to actually read the above review. That, and the fact that this book is not excluding commercial felt and also because most ‘felting’ books only cover one process. I love working with felt regardless of its form or process and will look for it in my local bookstore. Thanks for offering this review and giveaway!

  23. Teresa on May 12, 2009 1:00 pm

    Both my teenage daughters needle felt and love it. There aren’t a whole lot of books available on the subject, or wet felting, so all new books intrigue me!

  24. KJo on May 12, 2009 1:33 pm

    I’ve not felted before, though I want to. A small project like earrings may be just what I need to get started.
    Thanks,
    KJo

  25. Katherine on May 12, 2009 3:38 pm

    I love the coziness and plasticity of felt, and I’m highly intrigued by this book because it looks to have modern, design-oriented projects that put a sophisticated twist on a traditional craft.

  26. Dena on May 12, 2009 4:11 pm

    I have fulled knitted and crocheted items. But I felt anything else was beyond me. The books says for beginners. That intrigues me cause that is me and I am interested in doing this.

  27. Diana Martin on May 12, 2009 4:24 pm

    I am always starting any new craft that I find. I have been googling felting for some time now and find it to be very interesting. Another fun craft to put under my belt. I do beading, knitting, crocheting, scrapbookin,just about anything that allows me to be creative and express myself. So please enter me for the drawing as I would love to have the experience of felting also. Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon.
    Have a great day.
    Diana Martin

  28. AmIAKnitterYet on May 12, 2009 5:31 pm

    I am intrigued about the different possibilities involved in felting. I can’t wait to take a closer look at this book.

  29. Carla Fisher on May 12, 2009 5:45 pm

    Though I have been a knitter for years, only a couple of years ago did I discover felting my knitted projects. I now felt wool sweaters to make purses, have a machine embellisher/felter which I use for embellishing all sorts of things, and am totally intrigued by wet felting. I can’t wait to see what this book has to offer on all the many facets of felting!

  30. Rachel O on May 12, 2009 5:55 pm

    The book sounds wonderful. I’d love to give felting a try, especially if I can make something as beautiful as the cover project

  31. Turtle on May 12, 2009 9:03 pm

    Hi! I have pretty much taught myself to knit, felt, etc and am always looking for new twists and tricks to try and perfect these crafts. I have tried to share this love with my daughter, so these look like something i could get her interested in!

  32. Kenyetta on May 12, 2009 9:17 pm

    What intrigues me is learning a new technique. I have been trying to learn to needle felt and the thought of learning another way to work with felt is exciting.

  33. ingermaaike on May 12, 2009 11:05 pm

    I am always intrigued by a new felting book. Will it have real useful and , for me , new info. Will it be written pleasantly. Will the projcts be interesting.

  34. lene on May 13, 2009 7:21 am

    Oooh. I’ve fulled knit projects before using the washing machine, but have never done any other method of felting. I just bought some bats and needle felting needles yesterday, and was hoping to find a good book to teach me how to use them, and now I see this blog post! How opportune is that? Even if I don’t have the luck to win the contest, I’m grateful to have found out about the new book. Amazon will be getting another order from me.

    Thanks for the great post!

  35. Jean Melton on May 13, 2009 9:23 am

    I’m new to felting and so far have only needle felted. I do want to learn other felting methods and this book sounds like it has a good variety of these methods.

  36. Charlene Ploetz on May 13, 2009 10:46 am

    I love the necklaces on the cover! And I would love to learn more tips and tricks to felting. : )

  37. Holly Anne on May 13, 2009 12:44 pm

    I have just started to needle felt and would love to use this book as a reference in my library!

  38. wildnwoolly on May 13, 2009 2:35 pm

    I’ve just become hooked on needle felting, and am hugely curious about wet felting, and working with pre-made felt. I especially want to learn the wet felting so that I can make all the supercool stuff the Japanese are making. They are just textile CHAMPS…..

  39. wendy on May 13, 2009 2:52 pm

    I’m intrigued by the idea of using fibre to make such nifty looking earrings! The only felting I’ve done is to knit something out and wash it roughly with heat. Wet Felting? Needle Felting? New to me…..but I’d love to learn….

  40. helenlam on May 14, 2009 10:19 am

    I’ve always wanted to do felting but have been intimidated to try it on a larger scale. This sounds perfect to try and learn!

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  42. Gerry on May 14, 2009 11:28 am

    I make Needle Felted Dog sculptures and I really love working with wool. I would love to try new felting projects that use color with flair. The projects are stated to be quick and unique! Just what I’m looking for. Please enter me. Thank you! Have a lovely day!

  43. dorothy l on May 14, 2009 2:29 pm

    that the 45 projects are quick and doable intrigues me

  44. Barbara on May 14, 2009 4:31 pm

    I had an epiphany on felting and quilting together, which I haven’t tried yet. Felting seems to be the quick and easy way to create beautiful things! Can’t wait to spend my summer vacation crafting!

  45. Heather - Dollar Store Crafts on May 14, 2009 5:59 pm

    I have been needlefelting a bit, but mostly teaching myself. I would love to see a whole variety of projects and get a little “official” instruction.

  46. Elaine on May 16, 2009 8:21 am

    I have never done any needle felting and only a bit of hot water felting so everything intrigues me about the book.

  47. jessy on May 16, 2009 12:29 pm

    i’m going to go and to for it right after it comes out. i’m a big fan of making my own jewerly and i would like to learn how to make some with needle felting.:) kudos to the book

  48. LeeAnn on May 16, 2009 3:32 pm

    Sounds like the whole range of felting is discussed.

  49. Kat K on May 17, 2009 5:32 pm

    This book seems like it would be a good combo book of all things felt. It looks like a book I would pick up because the cover shows different types of felt projects. The necklace on the front looks very nifty with how they used like a line. I normaly buy book who have about 3-4 patterns in it , so far from what I have seen there are at least three that look like I would want to do. I find the whole process of felting intriging. At the moment Needle felting is my passion but the wet felted scarf on the cover looks beauiftul to where I might try and make it.

  50. Elaine on May 18, 2009 9:56 am

    My grandaughter does a lot of needlefelting and she’d like this book a lot.

  51. Amy on May 18, 2009 10:35 am

    I am a huge fan of felting, having done wet felting, needle felting, felt scuplting and even teach felting! I am always looking for new and different ways to work with felt so I will defintely be checking this book out!

  52. Monica on May 18, 2009 7:32 pm

    I have recently really become interested in felting, especially wet felting. I have tried it a few times on my own without much luck so I’m looking for a good book on the subject.

  53. Lynn Minney on May 19, 2009 4:00 pm

    This book looks like a lot of fun! I recently started making bags from felted sweaters. My mom knits felted purses. I’d really like to learn more about other felting techniques.

  54. Carla on May 20, 2009 11:45 pm

    Sounds just wonderful. I’d love to learn to do needle felting.

  55. Sherry Deatrick on May 23, 2009 11:57 am

    The book intrigues me because its cover is inviting, and I’ve been trying to learn to do needlefelting for a long time but haven’t gotten the hang of it. Also, would love to learn wet felting. I have lots of wool and need to learn to use it for stuff besides spinninng! I also have a hat block and want to make felt hats. I love the tradition of feltmaking!

  56. Megan Henderson on May 28, 2009 8:25 am

    I’ve been working with felt for a few years now. Kind of just dabbling. I’m interested in what the book has to say about commercial felt as that is something I am yet to work with! The photos look great too! can’t wait to see the book.

  57. Andrea on May 28, 2009 7:51 pm

    What intrigues me is the uniqueness and the cute factor! :]

  58. Lisa Stephens on April 4, 2010 4:54 pm

    Feltique sounds like I feel toward learning felting. I have purchased needles to felt,but the felt sent along to experiment with was grays,black,and drab colors…Would REALLY appreciate this give away. Thank you, for allowing us to win such an exclusive piece of artwork that will inspire us many years to come. Lisa

  59. Marie Spaulding - Living Felt on June 18, 2010 6:51 pm

    This is a fun project book! Books make such great prizes…thanks for promoting felting!

  60. Julie on September 15, 2010 5:16 am

    I am just learning about needle felting. I am so excited to get started on a project!! This book would really help me with that!

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