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Cendrine Armani is the author of three books on crochet, written in her native France.
Myshelf.com:If felt to you means those flat sheets on sale in craft stores, then think again. This is the thicker, fluffier highly tactile material that you make yourself, and then make into whatever you wish. I have tried this before with little success. Those staged photographs really make a difference, as envisaging a totally unknown process with only print or verbal instructions for guidance is not easy at all. You probably even have most of the items you need for this, apart from stranger articles such as a bamboo mat, mosquito netting and oilcloth. It sounds as though you are kitting yourself out for a stay in the tropics, but turn over the page and it all becomes beautifully clear. Make flat felt, mix the colors, use a template, roll it into a ball and more. You will be left with the lovely fabric, and plenty of ideas as to what to do with it and how it is to be done. Purses, bags, baby bootees, corsages, even motifs for jewellery can all be conjured out of this versatile material. There are also instructions on adding linings and fastenings, and although the directions for making up the projects are text only they are clear enough and simple enough to be understood. An attractive and helpful primer. Classic Stitches:Felting is everywhere just now and has never been more popular with crafters. If you love the idea of working with felt but are unsure of what to do, then look no further. In this book, there are over fifty designs for all sorts of fun accessories including bags, purses, cases, jewels, hats, boots, shoes and scarves. The felt required for each item is created using the soap technique but embellishments are added using needle felting. Don't worry if your experience is limited, there is step-by-step photography throughout to keep you right. Felting is great fun and with this book you will soon master the techniques, giving you endless scope to make your own designs.Simply Knitting:Dive into the world of felting with the 56 fun projects in this book. From embellishing your jeans to making slippers, you'll learn lots of fab techniques.With step-by-step instructions on flat felting and felting with templates, as well as information on mixing colours and lining your finished items, this book covers everything you need to get started.Alongside bags and boots, the 'other things' to make include felted jewellery, pretty purses, key rings and bag charms. Bright colours and intricate patterns make sure that each project is completely different from the next. And when you've run out of things to make for yourself, these felted goodies would make ideal gifts.Fabrications:Felting is all the rage at the moment and this book combines a love of bags - what more could we ask for? This colourful and inspiring book includes designs for fifty-six bags, purses, jewellery, hats, boots, shoes and scarves which you can make using your own home-made felt. Each item is created using the soap felting technique which is fully explained with step-by-step instructions and diagrams. Motifs and other decorative elements can be added using the needle felting technique which is also explained and if you have recently purchased one of the fabulous new Clover needle felting tools then I see no reason why you can't use it to make some of these motifs. If you're not already addicted to the felting technique then you most certainly will be once you've opened this book - a treasure-trove of ideas and inspiration - just not so sure about the boots though!Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers:As usual with Search Press books, the photography is scrumptious, providing plenty of pretty things to inspire the novice felter.However, I do have a very big reservation about the instructions given for making felt, for there is far too little guidance about what type of wool is suitable. A brief paragraph on page 2 (before the title page) does say 'There are different qualities of wool and some are more suited to one technique than the other...for the best results with the soap technique choose wool with fairly long, soft and regular fibres.' But how long is 'fairly', and what does 'regular fibres' mean? In the instructions within the main text (pages 4-9) there is no mention of wool quality, or which breeds tend to felt more easily (or may be almost impossible to felt), or the relevance of fibre diameter. Without such vital details, I fear that too many felting efforts will be doomed to fall apart.I would also like to quibble about the publisher's blurb on the back cover which is, I feel a tad misleading. It claims to include'...designs for fifty-six bags, purses, cases, jewels, hats, boots, shoes and scarves...', well, there are 56 if you include all the colourways and other minor variations on the same design. There's only one hat (a beret) and one scarf, and the difference between bags, purses and cases is somewhat ill-defined.In brief, this book is nice to look through for inspiration, and there are useful tips on making balls, and some finishing touches such as lining and attaching eyelets and clasps: but there are better books on feltmaking.Meg-online:There are lots of lovely ideas here for using felt as a basis for projects. The soap felting technique Cendrine Armani uses is explained well with good clear photographs and is simple enough for a beginner to try. Information on materials and supplies is also included so that a range of tactile surfaces can be created which are further enhanced with decorative elements such as beads, applique and stitching. The book is divided into nine unique themes providing a wide range of products such as pretty felted baby shoes for either boys or girls,stylish handbags and even felted jewellery. This book would give ideas to acomplished felters and encourage beginners to have a go. If you need ideas for things to make with felt, look no further. After taking you through the felting process in step-by-step photos, the 56 projects show you what you can do with your created fabric. Bags, purses and jewellery abound, but the delightful little shoes for girls and the boots for boys really steal the show.-Stitch