April is the perfect month to create spring dress-ups for your home to brighten your interior at the same time Mother Nature brings new life and color to the outdoors. When you step through the door from outdoors find the same fresh feel you have just experienced. A Touch of Felt By: Lynne Farris will furnish you with stunning ideas to add flair to any room with colorful felt accessories. Learn all the different ways to work with wool felt hand and or machine needle felting, wet felting, sewing with felt fabric, even felting with silk. Make a project as a gift such as wedding showers, birthdays, house warming’s or decorate a room with matching sets of coordinating accents. Surround yourself with these vivid wool felt accessories. From journal covers, felted paintings, to picture frames, pillows, footstools and table décor, you’ll find the perfect project to brighten your surroundings, or give to someone special. Fun easy techniques are suitable for all skill levels. This book is filled with vivid ideas from the cover throughout the book to the back cover. One of my favorite projects is the sculptured felt pencil holder, not that I need a pencil holder I adore the detail sculptured felt instructions Lynne shows in this book. You can use this sculptured felt technique for many applications as well as wearable’s. Your choice of color combinations is endless and you will love the easy to follow instructions.
Lynne has been creating with fabric for about as long as she can remember. It all started with her grandmother, Adele McBurney Stubblefield, an incredibly talented, creative, and resourceful woman who spent most of every day involved in some aspect of a sewing or needlework project. She made intricate patch-work quilts, crochet bedspreads, cutwork tablecloths, tatting for pillowcases, and all the special occasion dresses her sister and she wore throughout their early childhood. Sometimes she took her on exciting field trips to the fabric section of the Main Street department store in her hometown. They’d look at all the newest pattern books, touch all the fabrics, and pick through the buttons and notions to select the perfect ones to begin a new project. Other times she’d use whatever fabric she had available at home, perhaps even one of her old gabardine coats, and through her own ingenuity, no patterns required, she would restyle the fabric into the most adorable little handmade outfits for Lynne and her sister.
During the countless hours Lynne spent perched by her grandmother’s side, she would stop patiently to give her scraps of fabric to play with and encourage her to create for her little dolls miniature versions of the clothes she was making for them. Those magical hours of fun and the gift of patient attention from her grandmother instilled in them a love of fabric, color, and texture, a confidence in her own creative instincts, and the curiosity to pursue fabric art throughout a satisfying and multifaceted career as a teacher, designer, author, and artist. Over the past several years, her creative attention has been focused on working with wool felt, concentrating on various techniques of felt sculpture, felt appliqué, and needle felting. Wool felt is a truly versatile material with luscious colors and textures; it’s easy to use, and it provides endless opportunities for manipulation and embellishment. It can be used to create a variety of looks from contemporary to traditional.
Lynne designed this collection of projects to showcase numerous felting and appliqué techniques. Her goal is to inspire you to express your own creativity through the medium of felt. She encourages you to read through the first two chapters, which cover felt tips and techniques and tools and materials, before you embark on any of the projects. You’ll find some great shortcuts, new tools, and new approaches that will ensure your success.
The projects shown here can easily be adapted to suit your own style and color preferences. Complete full-size patterns and fully illustrated step-by-step instructions are included for each of the 22 projects. The bonus is that as you try the different techniques, you’ll end up with great gifts for your friends and family and beautiful decorative accents to use throughout your home.
Feast your eyes, feed your soul, and feather your nest! This book is available on Amazon.com and be sure to check out Lynne site and see all the books she has written and projects and check out her videos on HGTV shown on her site under media. Feast your eyes, feed your soul, and feather your nest! This will be a random drawing so please just type “enter me” in the comment area. This giveaway will begin April 1st through April 11th, good luck!
By Linda Lanese