Felties: How to Make 18 Cute and Fuzzy Friends from Felt by Nelly Pailloux
Filled with full color photos of each project. You will need to photo copy the cutouts or use tracing paper to use them. The projects are really simple and a lot of them are very very cute. Some bead work has been incorporated as well, adding more interest to the finished Feltie. Since I am a beginner at felties, this is great for me. I also think it's perfect for the kiddos! If you are experienced with making felted "friends" then I think this book might be a bit to basic for you.
The biggest negative (which can easily be turned into a positive) is that some of the "friends" are of characters I couldn't identify. For example, The Sun-Loving Rat. I thought it was a cat. "It's a rat??" Everyone looked at each other in confusion. We look more closely and then, ah okay, we see how it's a rat now - sort of. There are a few friends that are like that. Even so, there are plenty of really adorable friends. I especially like the Mushroom Girl.
There are 18 projects in all and if you want to know what you get to create here goes:
Babushka (a cutie with beads)
Messenger Bear (Does not look anything like a bear to me...)
Mummy Cat (awe so cute!)
Retro Alien (I dig him)
Pirate Mouse (how can you not love a pirate mouse?)
Vivid Squirrel (I don't see the squirrel but I do see the vivid)
Hoodie Wolf (another cutie)
The great thing about this is if I find something that I don't like about a pattern, I can change it. So if something doesn't really look like the critter named, I make some adjustments to make it look the way I like (this is the positive I mentioned earlier). This helps bring out some of your own inspiration and creativity. The book can give you a little creative boost so to speak! And of course there are the "friends" that are just so perfectly cute they don't need any changes!
Bottom line, I recommend this book if you are inexperienced like me &/or have kids who want to make felties!
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