Felted Knits Paperback – May 27 2003
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"I enjoyed this book immensely...[It] is laid out with clear methods and instructions." - Liz Allen, The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers
"The introduction is a manual in itself, covering the basics in such detail that beginners won't miss a trick." - Vogue Knitting, Spring/Summer 2004
"[Beverly Galeskas] is simply the best resource for felting today...This is a beautiful - and useful - guidebook." - Knitter's Review
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Beverly Galeskas is the founder and owner of Fiber Trends, a knitting pattern company. She lives in Wenatchee, Washington.
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Bev Galeskas has some great instructions here, including an invaluable gauge check. You knit a square of a particular gauge, mark it with thread and then wash according to instructions. The thread marks the shrinkage and tells you how to adjust your knitting to get the felt to result in the size you desire.
There are also instructions for how to leave button holes or eyelets in the knitting so they don't close up, what yarns work well and which ones don't, how to felt in a front-loading washing machine (hint: it has to be the kind that lets you stop and open the door mid-cycle. My American front-loader does allow this but my European one did not. If you have the kind that locks during the cycle, Bev suggests you find a friend with a toploader and borrow their machine!)
The only small disappointment was that a pattern for felted clogs was not included. But there is a pattern for "ballet slippers" which do look something like clogs, so I suppose they can be sized up for adults, even men. Just don't CALL them ballet slippers. Felted clogs are very popular to make for gifts and to keep by the door as shoe-replacements to save your floors and carpets from wear and tear.
Given its 2003 press date, I would have liked to see more fashionable items like a bucket hat, a striped felted bag with closure, and more useful household items, like a fruit bowl. Instead, the patterns include a bowler hat, felted mittens, dowdy looking slippers and several simple square bags. Its saving grace is a nice-looking felted rug, but I could have probably figured that one out as well. Isn't it just a rectangle?
Same with the pocketbook. Not that the instructions are as critical there, but still- well written and easy to follow, again. And the results were gorgeous. People compliment me on it all the time. I've been inspired to begin a hat- but it's too early to discuss the finished results. Still- I have faith it will be perfect.
She tells you all about how to choose your yarn, what yarns felt well, gives suggestions for figuring out gauge and discusses washing machine vs. sink techniques. Lots of nice pics in the beginning to get a feel how much felting changes your fabric. I found that helpful, as I had no idea what novelty yarns worked in might look like. Given how gorgeous they are, and that I would have been afraid to even try, I feel as if it's almost a public service to include those.
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When I got this book, I was looking for some in-depth information on felting, and the author covered a lot of questions that I had come up against when looking just at single... Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2006 by Pat
I made some things out of this book and felt they were quite easy to follow.Published on June 22 2004 by Cindy Evans