Felted Animal Knits: 20 keep-forever friends to knit, felt and love by Catherine Arnfield
Knitting first & then felting isn't new to me. I have knitted with wool with the sole purpose of felting it. This was mainly to make wool sleep pads for my cats. I never tried the technique for making critters. I have made many a needle felted critters. Using cookie cutter shapes was really helpful to me in that regard. I eventually stopped needle felting as it took way too long to complete a critter. For some stupid reason, I never put two & two together. Knit the shapes for the critters then felt them! Duh! Thank you Catherine. LOL!
This book is great. The pages are full color with step by step details for how to make each critter. The layout mixes difficulty levels: easy, intermediate & difficult. Rather than starting with easy & finishing with difficult. Catherine brings both fiber crafts together, creating amazing animals that for the most part, don't require metal frames. She also steers clear of button eyes & other small plastic bits with the exception of whiskers & her recommendation to use horrible poly fill aka plastic (for stuffing I use more wool or organic cotton as I'm not a fan of synthetics).
The animals are beautiful & realistic. With her techniques, I'm now practicing how to make my own English Angora bunnies 🐰
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