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An Introduction to Needle Felting (Hardback)

Photographic Books Colour Books Arts and Crafts White Owl

By Linda Calver
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Crafts
Pages: 176
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526780645
Published: 28th February 2022


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The introduction to the book will cover a brief history of felting and felting /wool terms. It will also list what items you need to purchase to make yourself a starter Needle felting kit and then for each chapter subject, the wool and anything else you will need to complete that project. There will also be a suppliers list from which you can purchase anything you will need.

There will then follow 6 subject chapters , a 7th chapter introducing wet felting and Needle felting combined , chapter 8 will be some seasonal creations with chapter 9 showing you how all these things can be made into gifts for your family and friends or simply something lovely to keep for yourself. Each subject will be fully supported with both diagrams and photographs of how to achieve each item with suggestions and tips along the way .

The subjects covered start from basic simple shapes and how to build on these shapes and will advance in difficulty as you go through the book but everything covered is suitable for a complete novice or someone who wants to try some different ideas.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve been needle felting for a couple of years and have read many books on the subject. Some books say they are for beginners but often they are not as they assume basic knowledge and/or present complex projects. However, this book by Linda Calver is perfect for someone who wants to learn how to needle felt.

An Introduction to Needle Felting begins with a thorough discussion of the tools and materials. Calver explains the four different types of wool and there are photos to illustrate them. She shows you all the tools, which are not many. As hobbies go, this one requires a rather small investment — needles, wool and a foam pad will get you going. Next it’s on to learning basic shapes. What I really appreciate in this book is Calver takes it to the next level and while teaching basic shapes, you also are making something, like a toadstool, a heart or a flower, and not just the shapes like in other books.

Then it’s on to the five major projects — beehive with bees, owl, mouse, fairy, and cat. For each project Calver goes step by step and there are lots of photos illustrating the different stages. Next is an introduction to wet felting and in the process of learning about it, Calver shows you how to make a picture. The final chapter consists of seasonal projects and includes a bunny pin, pumpkin, black cat, snowman, and a Christmas penguin and owl wearing Santa hats.

An Introduction to Needle Felting accomplishes exactly what it’s title suggests and does so in an inviting and methodical way. If you work through the book and make the projects, I have no doubt that you will have a lot of fun and be a master needle felter in no time.

NetGalley, Holly Cole

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A couple of months ago a friend of a friend on Facebook (you know how that goes 😉 ) showed a picture of needle felted dogs that was so adorable that the technique has intrigued me ever since. My only knowledge of felting is knitting an object in real wool, throwing it in the washer then dryer (which in normal life would be a big no-no resulting in bye-bye hat, sweater, etc. or, you know, giving it to a little child for their Barbie) and have the resulting object being stiffly joined together as the fibers seem to melt into each other. When I saw An Introduction to Needle Felting by Linda Calver as a Wish for It on Netgalley, I did and my wish was granted. Thank you!

An Introduction to Needle Felting is indeed an excellent introduction, providing the newbie with a brief history and terms used. As well, a list of the instruments, wool, and other accessories needed in order to undertake beginning needle felting projects is presented as well as a description of what different needles do and what you should expect (needles breaking and how to avoid that and avoid poking yourself with the needles(!)) and why you should use certain instruments over others.

Instructions are given to complete objects from the very simple like hearts and an easy flower to more complex like cats, owls, a delightfully cute mouse, penguins, fairies and so many more. The instructions also have colorful pictures that offer guidance. I love all of the designs and can easily see myself wanting to do each one.

The list of resources is for UK markets because this is a British book, but the needles and wool can probably be found in craft and knitting shops locally and online wherever your location.

I highly recommend An Introduction to Needle Felting for any budding needle felter, such as myself. It’s a great resource.

NetGalley, Sascha Darlington

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

What an amazing book! If I could give this book ten stars I would. An Introduction to Needle Felting by Linda Calver is a complete workshop (or maybe two) in a book. From tools, materials, and simple shapes to more complex miniature animals, this book hit all of the must haves for me. Having taken an introductory class in needle felting, I still had many questions which this book addressed, for example using small layers of roving rather than one larger piece. The illustrations were clear, high quality and helpful to understanding the techniques. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy and all opinions are my own.) This is one book that I am glad to have on my crafting shelf and will refer to often. If you are interested in learning about needle felting or improving your needle felting techniques, add this book to your library now.

NetGalley, Cynthia Smith

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

As someone newly interested in needle felting Calver's book is a great first place to start! Direct and easy to follow, it provides all the potentially necessary tools and walks readers through basic shapes and how to build up projects for optimal results. Reading the book made me excited to jump in and practice what I was learning!

NetGalley, Amanda Toledo

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have been needle felting for some year, but mainly flat pieces which later become home wear or clothing. This book is mainly 3D with one picture made on the flat. Which means that it has been a real learning experience for me, the skill to sculpture these lovely little forms are a eye opener.
The book starts of with a history of felt making, then tools and material and lastly a series of projects to make, tarting from simple shapes and progressing to different items such a cute little beehives with bee, fairies and animals and owls amongst the items show .
I really enjoyed this book and have learnt about a different type of needle felting and I think my granddaughters
may have a little fairy or two in a gift parcel

NetGalley, Leyla Johnson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An Introduction to Needle Felting by Linda Calver . More of a mini course. Very concise. easy to follow instructions and tips of how to correct mistakes if they occur. Adorable projects that include a large variety of different styles. Very informative as to the history of needle felting and the supplies needed for each project. Thank you Linda, for this delightful book and for have clear polish on your nails so a not to distract from the project at hand. Highly recommended.

NetGalley, Irene McIntosh

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Cute, detailed, and informative. Just enough charm to get someone to start dabbling in needle felting. Explores techniques for wet and dry felting.

NetGalley, Samantha Hehr

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An absolutely perfect book for people wanting to learn how to needle felt. The book is written by a uk based author and includes uk based stockists. The book has fabulous step by step instructions and plenty of coloured photos, taking you from simple flat shapes such as hearts (which you could use to make bunting) right through to cats, snowmen,, penguins, fairies, witches and beyond. I will be happily working my way through this book - highly recommended if you are looking at starting this addictive hobby!

NetGalley, Sue Stephens

About Linda Calver

Linda is lucky enough to live in the beautiful Suffolk countryside near to the heritage coastline surrounded by her family, various animals and wildlife, all of which gives her inspiration for her felting. She is a big animal lover especially when it comes to anything cute and cuddly which is how she came upon Needle felting. She went to a Needle felting workshop and was immediately hooked. She now both Needles and Wet felts and runs workshops locally.

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