Wool has been felted, it says here, since the discovery of fire. The book opens with the sentence, “To be interested in felt is to be interested in wool”. Can you feel yourself nodding off? Well wake up because the Sabine Fouchier’s introduction, which explains the nature of wool fibre and what felt is, is commendably concise and will give you enough information to better understand the projects that follow. These range from simple puppets to a bag, a hat and wall hangings. The presentation is clear, straightforward and well illustrated and it comes as no great surprise that there’s a section on “felt with children”, because this is a craft that’s admirably suited to small and inexperienced hands.
If you fancy some simple craft work, this is a good place to start, but it’s no instant-read-and-discard type of book and, if you get the bug, you’ll find that Sabine provides you with plenty to get on with and also some background and examples of felting from a number of different cultures.