Review: Interweave Felt

October 27th, 2007 by froggyfibers

Well, I must say, the folks at Interweave Press have done it again.

Recently I picked up a magazine called Interweave Felt by the makers of Interweave Knit, Crochet, Handwoven, Spin-off…. You name the fiber art and they probably have a magazine dedicated to it.

I first saw this magazine perhaps a month before it I actually made the purchase. It immediately peaked my interest and I spent the rest of my grocer store trip flipping through the pages. (In between talking to husband, answering grocery related questions and fielding toy department queries from the seven year old.) When I left the store that night I was intrigued. I already have an interest in felting, both wet and needling so this just made it more intense.

This book includes articles on all different aspects of felting (and yes they talk about fulling as well.) The magazine covers 18 projects for wet felting, needle felting and fulling knitted works. It also covers several different fibers and how each of the fibers felt.

What I liked most about the magazine is that it was clearly divided into categories for felted knitting (their term not mine), wet felting, and needle felting. Each section included projects that can be done using these techniques. Also, projects picked were not always for beginners or advanced felters. The projects had a range of skill levels.

What I disliked about the book is that while it acknowledges the difference between felting and fulling (a knitted object), it still wrote articles as if they were one in the same. In fact, the first section of the magazine is not about the wet or needle felting techniques. It is is about “felted knitting.” In addition, the magazine failed to mention that it is possible to full with crocheted objects or include projects of interest involving crochet.

I don’t mean to sound harsh. I liked this magazine and if I had to go back, I would buy it again. Interweave Felt has given me some inspiration to go ahead and dabble in the art of felt making. I even went to my local thrift stores today to see if I could find a wool sweater to full and needle felt. (Needle-Felting a Fulled Sweater Sheryl Amaral pg 78) I would also encourage someone who was new to the possibilities that open up when working with felt to pick up a copy of the magazine as well.

Again, I would suggest picking up a copy of the magazine if you have it available near you. Its full or good articles and great inspirations. It only lacks a little in its precision of terms and inclusion of crochet as a related fiber art. The one thing you must know: This was a special one-time issue. Interweave website says they are sold out so if you want a copy, you may have to do a little searching.

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