Felt Frenzy

Felt Frenzy: 26 Projects for All Forms of Felting
Available May 2007 from Interweave Press. Order now.

Felt Frenzy, co-authored with Heather Brack, takes on not only knitted felt, but also all other major forms of feltmaking, including Shannon’s favorite — recycled felt. 27 amazing patterns ranging from espresso cozies to patchwork jackets and sea urchin-inspired hats…not just bags. (Though we’ve got those, too!)

Unique to Felt Frenzy: design ideas you can use to punch up even the plainest pattern and 50+ photos of sample felted yarn combinations to customize your own felty masterpieces.

Reviews

The Worsted Witch, August 2007

If Shannon Okey (of Knitgrrl fame) and Heather Brack haven’t written the definitive primer to unraveling the alchemy behind felting, they’ve come exceptionally close. With Felt Frenzy, the two fiber enthusiasts—they live for the needle arts, and it shows—will induct you into the mysteries of shrink felting, welt felting, and needle (”dry”) felting, as well as more-advanced techniques such incorporating beads into felt, Shibori textile dyeing, and quilting felted fabrics.

Yarn Market News, May 2007

Very savvy of the authors to appeal to skilled knitters by incorporating myriad advanced techniques within their range of feltable designs. Sock knitters will go for the Urchin hat and handbag, assembled with a batch of show-row heels. Fair Isle fiends have the Mod bag, shadowed geometrics that won’t pucker in the washer if there’s even tension and frequent float twists. Spinners can turn extra batts into beads, balls, a scrubby soap cozy. Bloggers, keep those digicams safe in a small wet-felted case. Yarn crawlers, doll up those aching feet by needle-felting doodads onto woolen sneakers. All the interesting felting methods Okey previewed in the March YMN are here, with strong step-by-step pictures that leave next to no room for error.

School Library Journal, July 2007

Felting is the process of making a dense fabric from raw wool or knitting yarn. This book contains creative methods that work for novice crafters as well as for experienced knitters. Readers are shown how to make purses, scarves, hats, and felted flowers with which to adorn hats or lapels. Some of the projects require starting with a hand-knit item. Filled with colorful and instructional photographs, the book tells how to choose materials and explains techniques. A swatch bar shows what different fibers will look like once felted. Basic knitting directions are included.–Meg Canada, Hennepin County Library, MN

Voice of Youth Advocates, August 2007

Most projects would appeal to teens, from felt bags to hats, scarves, and even felted shoes. The authors do a good job of describing the basic methods of felting… This book is for ambitious teens who want to create fabrics … Purchase where craft books are popular.

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