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Alterknits Felt - $25.00
Leigh Radford. Radford pushes the boundaries of traditional felting. Through 30 colorful, vibrant projects, she shows readers how to knit and then felt their own handiwork, as well as how to create gorgeous felted objects from recycled knits and unspun fiber. An introductory chapter on felting basics explains everything you need to know to make the fabulous clothes, accessories, and home decor that follow. The projects range from a quick and easy circle coin purse, to a shibori bag, to a reverse-appliqué rug, each unusual in its own way, distinguished by a special surface texture, an innovative mix of techniques, or a quirky combination of yarns. AlterKnits Felt provides every crafter with the tools to explore—and expand—the art of felting. Hb.

Fabulous Felted Scarves - $23.00
Chad Alice Hagen and Jorie Johnson. Felting is hotter than ever, and scarves are fabulous first projects for crafters to try. The simple process yields infinitely varied results, with rich colors, forms, and visual appeal. Created by two internationally-known designers, these 20 spectacular boas, wraps, shawls, and stoles are beautiful, wearable art. Ranging from understated elegance to simply outrageous, they come with easy-to-follow instructions, helpful how-to photos, and templates, when needed. An introduction covers all the basics, and the projects build a repertoire of skills as readers progress through the book. The standouts include a scarf with lacy designs snipped onto the felt surface; a wrap inspired by the delicate hues in Monet’s water lily paintings; and a pretty dip-dye novelty yarn party scarf. 143pp. Pb.

Felt It! - $24.00
Maggie Pace. Growing numbers of knitters are throwing caution to the wind and tossing their wool creations into hot water washing machines, watching as hats, bags, and pillow covers shrink away to a fraction of their original size. The result is a soft, cozy felt, and it has tremendous allure for many knitters. From the purely practical to the wonderfully fun and frivolous, the 20 projects in Felt It! are irresistible examples of what is possible with wool, needles, and hot water. Charming, fuzzy flowers take center stage, with appearances on brooches, evening bags, bracelets, and pillows. Felted hats are the warmest toppers for the coldest days, and the appealing texture of felted wool is perfect for sturdy bags and backpacks. For the beginner, the Simple Stripes belt pattern requires just a few hours of work for a colorful felted accessory to wear with jeans. The truly adventurous felter will love the Night-Star Wrap, an elegant shawl that matches rich color with the warmth of alpaca and perfectly sets off a simple black evening dress. Author Maggie Pace explains all the basics of felting — how to choose wool, why some wools felt better than others, what size needles work best, how to shape projects, and how to monitor every second of the washing-machine process. At times, felting is an imprecise art, demanding inventiveness, creativity, and moxie from the knitter. 152pp. Pb.

Felted Knit Amigurumi - $29.00
Lisa Eberhart. Get ready for an invasion of cute! Knit and felt your own cute collection of kittens, garden of cacti or assortment of robots with these 16 adorable amigurumi designs, perfect for making and sharing. Patterns include a puppy, rag doll kitten, goldfish, albino bunny, ferret, guinea pig, cactus, topiary, robot, sock monkey, stand mixer, apple, chocolate chip cookie, orange soda, cake slice and ice cream sundae. These kawaii-inspired projects are knitted with worsted weight, 100% wool yarn and hand felted for a super-cute, solid finish. 128pp. Pb.

Fuzzy Felted Friends - $27.00
Saori Yamazaki. These felted friends hail from Japan — homeland of all things cute. Inside the book you’ll find over 25 translated patterns that combine the appeal of authentic Japanese content with the ease of English instruction. Cheerful photographs, step-by-step directions, and helpful how-to illustrations make it easy to whip up both water and needle felted projects. No knitting involved; simply treat raw wool fibers and detergent to create these little creatures. Cute and cuddly — they’re also useful. An elephant cozy warms a tea kettle; a whimsical bird mobile adorns a nursery; wee mouse pincushions hold your needles while piglets, giraffes, zebras or sheep carry all your gear in hand totes and pouches. Pb.

Heart Felt Knits - $19.00
Tamara Mello. This book offers twenty-four gorgeous knitted and felted projects. From darling nesting bowls and handcrafted trays to elegant hats, cozy wraps and chic hair accessories, each project is artfully knitted and then felted for stunning results. Step-by-step knitting instructions, easy felting techniques, helpful how-to-photographs and lavish shots of the finished projects make it a cinch to create irresistible accessories and keepsakes to last a lifetime. 156pp. Pb.

Heart-Felt Holidays: 40 Festive Felt Projects to Celebrate the Seasons - $19.00
Kathy Sheldon & Amanda Carestio. Celebrate - and craft - from the heart! The same team that brought you the top-selling "Fa la la la Felt" now offers another adorable book of fresh, easy-to-make felt decorations - this time with festive and fun holiday themes for the rest of the year. Using readily available store-bought felt sheets, crafters can have year-round enjoyment creating 40 charming projects for Valentine's Day, Easter, Halloween, Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more. 132pp. Pb.

I Felt Awesome - $29.00
Moxie. It's OK to play with needles. This book shows you how to turn traditional needle-felting techniques into irreverent felted fun. Moxie's playful and cheeky sense of humor will needle you into taking your felting beyond traditional motifs, and decorate yourself and your home with feisty designs of wearable, playable and coffee table-worthy objects. Step-by-step instructions for 35 projects, including a felted spike bracelet, bendy and boingy toys and larger-than-life home decor featuring fruit and more. Traditional needle-felting techniques lay the groundwork for uncommon materials like magnets, plastic toy parts and bendable wires. Wool roving and felting needles are all you need to get started-helpful tips show handy shortcuts that still produce fantastic results. 144pp. Pb.

Needlefelting Book 2 with 2 Needles - $15.00
Ashford Booklet.

Nicky Epstein's Knitting Never Felt Better - $39.00
Nicky Epstein. With her signature style, the bestselling and beloved needlework author Nicky Epstein offers the best guide to felting. Using ten chic garments and more than 150 stunning sample swatches as examples, she covers the top techniques for turning wool yarn into vibrant and dense textures. Before and after shots show how different fabrics react to the process, and there are patterns, stitches, and techniques for lace, mosaics, cables, plaids, checks, and quilting. Create bobbles, appliqués, and ruffles; combine yarns; and use clamps, marbles, cords, braids, and more to form three-dimensional shapes in the felt. Epstein also presents her unique ideas for transforming old clothes and accessories, using one sweater to demonstrate many design possibilities. An array of attractive home décor projects completes the collection beautifully. 176pp. Hb.

Nuno Felt - $43.00
Liz Clay. In this unique collection of nuno felt projects, the author inspires the reader with innovative ideas for combining beautiful woven fabrics with handmade felt. The author gives clear instructions about how the nuno process works and demonstrates how it can be used on various fabrics and fibers to create very different results. Each of these techniques is fully illustrated with detailed photographs and clear step-by-step instructions. Great mix of projects. From scarves to home décor, from surface embellishments, color mixing, fiber blending -- this books develops a rich vocabulary of design ideas and methods. Pb.

Stash Happy Felt - $21.00
Amanda Carestio. This is the cure for the common crafter's dilemma of what to do with all those scraps and leftover materials! The 30 fun projects in "Stash Happy: Felt" feature practical items (a fall-inspired tea cozy), cute accessories (a stylish retro-inspired clutch), unique home decor and holiday crafts (a felt flower bouquet) and adorable items for children (a repurposed wool bear cub hat). Everything you need is here, including illustrations, templates and helpful hints from the designers. 128pp. Pb.