Felt Fashion by Jenne Giles is a beautifully illustrated book that every Felter will enjoy owning. It has easy to follow instructions which are very detailed. There are numerous projects from "up-cycled" clothing through the addition of felt; to more advanced techniques in garment making. This book covers a lot of ground, with something for everyone. Jenne combines innovative felting techniques with dye colors, fiber combinations, and patterns to make captivating felt fabric, from which she designs and constructs pieces that are truly wearable art. She captures the art and sophistication that is possible with handmade felt, while keeping it simple and attainable for anyone to master. Jenne shows us how to make a; collar, a necklace, or an entire dress, each project is irresistible and brings felting to an entirely new level. She shows several basic felting techniques, including basic wet felting, needle felting, Nuno, and punch needle felting. She also teaches methods for embellishing ready-to-wear items with fashionable felted accents. She provides patterns and instructions for original clothing designs including vests, jackets, dresses, and skirts. Felt Fashion is a standout from other felting books! I love the flower scarves and flowers from her book and I am going to try a few projects from this lovely inspiring book.
Jenne is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art. She received her B.A. Degree in Art and Art History from Rice University in 1997. After working professionally in the arts and trades she began her own business, Harlequin Feltworks, in 2007. Harlequin Feltworks is dedicated to creating unique pieces of wearable art combining painterly color, sculptural form, folk art and costume. Jenne's innovative work pushes felt to the cutting edge of fashion and design and is truly wearable art. She is self-taught in the art of felting and is very proud of this fact. Jenne sells her art on ETSY as well as the Artful Home, a shop I adore.