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Crazy Felt: Using Water-soluble Stabiliser (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Juli 2008

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Classic Stitches:Working with water soluble fabric can be great fun but did you know you can use it for big pieces including garments and bags? Jeannette Knake shows you how with both of these titles. As the title suggests, Crazy Wool uses wool as the basis of the sixteen designs featured while Crazy Felt uses felt for fifteen exciting projects. A sewing machine is also required and of course, water soluble fabrics.Making each piece is fun and the clear instructions are accompanied by step-by-step photography to help you. The nature of the designs means that no two pieces are likely to be the same, giving yu a unique piece every time. Each book is inexpensive and will soon pay for itself as you work these great designs.Machine Knitting Monthly:Simple techniques in the book combine felt making and machine stitching on water dissolvable fabric. The book includes 15 wonderful, contemporary designs for garments and accessories. The beautiful textured results can be fashioned into amazing items to wear - from gossamer-soft scarves and unique, stylish bags to stunning belts, embellished shawls and quirky waistcoats. There's something for everyone, from casual and charming to unique and chic.Workshop On The Web:These two books cover similar areas of work, but with slightly different methods. Both focus on the use of water-soluble stabilizer in creating clothes and accessories, using wool, yarn and spray adhesive. Crazy Felt focuses on creating more substantial garments using felting techniques in the washing machine with Mohair Yarn as a base. Crazy Wool with creating looser, lighter garments by machining the fibres together and washing the stabilizer out.There is a brief section at the beginning of both books with basic instructions on how to make your fabric. In Crazy Felt, the instructions are followed by 15 projects, each of which includes several different pieces, from hats and bags, to shawls and jumpers. Crazy Wool follows a similar structure but the designs are more of one piece, mostly jumpers and tops, with less accessorizing. The patterns are all printed at the back of the books, using simple design shapes and all measurements are given. All project instructions give a difficulty rating, and state the dress size or head circumference where appropriate. The dress sizes range from a US size 8-20 (which I think is approximately UK 12-24), and different sizes are applied to different patterns, so I imagine you would be able to adjust the size of your pattern to suit your size, although each pattern calculates its materials requirement according to the size given, and you would need to take this into consideration when making your calculations. Both books offer clear instructions, and the basic principles of the techniques appear simple. The projects included are very colourful and vibrant and you would have a lot of fun making and wearing these clothes. The yarns used in both books were by Gedifra and Schachenmayr but I am not sure how widely available in the UK the featured yarns would be, especially as there was no supplier list given in the book. But the resourceful textile artist would no doubt be able to find suitable enough alternatives for this not to be a problem. Samantha PackerSlipKnot:Not knitting or crochet, but the techniques employed definitely have possibilities for those interested in freeform work. The chosen fabric components - swirls or shreds of yarn in the books, but this could include pieces of hand or machine knitting and/or crochet - are sandwiched between two layers of water-soluble stabiliser and then machine-stitched at no more than 2.5 cm intervals before the stabiliser is dissolved to reveal the resultant fabric.Lesley Fidler


This book contains fifteen wonderful, contemporary designs for garments and accessories using simple techniques involving a combination of feltmaking and machine stitching on water-soluble stabilizer. The beautiful textured results can be fashioned into amazing items to wear, from gossamer-soft scarves and unique, stylish bags to stunning belts, embellished shawls and quirky waistcoats. There is something for everyone, from casual and charming to unique and chic.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent inspiration, but be prepared to do a little thinking 22. Dezember 2008
Von Colorgirl - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I was not sure what to expect when I opened the CRAZY FELT book. Many felting books are not very interesting to me. I tend to have a much more artistic approach to fiber arts, so I like things to be very unique and creative.

CRAZY FELT is a book written in Great Britain. This is not a problem unless you are a person who lives in the US and likes to have everything mapped out for you- a list of what to buy and you buy it.

As a fiber artist who spins, dyes, felts, and does other art methods with wool and other fibers, I am not intimidated when instructions call for a certain wool or specialty yarn. I like to make my own, so I do anyway.

However, the water soluble Stabliser that is called for in CRAZY FELT is not easily available in the US. HOWEVER, another one is available called ARTFELT paper. As for the other things in the book, they are easily substituted for, but again, if too much planning and figuring bother you, then this book is not for you.

The ideas on this book are wildly creative. If you like INTERTWINED by Lexi Boeger, you might enjoy this book too. It takes a VERY artsy approach to felting, creating extremely unique that you would pay LOTS of money for in a boutique.

There are instructions for various shawls belts, tops, even denim skirt additions which make it look VERY chic. There are accessories like purses, hats and scarves too, but again, these are very unique and individualistic- not like something you will get off a factory line.

A combination of felting wet and machine stitches are used- and I might add that if you have a felting machine that you can get even more mileage out of this book. Although it does not technically have felting machine instructions, they are easily incorporated into this book. For instance, instead of using adhesive to attach layers to the paper, you can use the felting machine to lightly tack things into place.

There is even a project that uses peacock feathers to felt into it.

I find this book deliciously creative and full of artistic energy. If you don't like run of the mill fiber art books, give this a try. If you live in the US, be prepared to translate Centigrade to Farenheit and substitute some products, but all in all, it is very doable and extremely inspirational if you are an artistic person who loves texture color, and creativity where people color outside the lines or make up their own.

Although I probably should have given this book four stars because of the additional thinking and manipulation needed to change instructions for use in the US, I just couldn't. This book is so full of creative artistic energy that I could not give it less than five stars. I am greatly inspired by this book that it is a launch pad for many of my own artistic adventures in fiber arts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Exciting designs 6. April 2009
Von Alisa S. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I thought this was a fantastic book with very exciting ideas. The process is very easy. I realize that at first, it may seem difficult to find the products. But almost all of them are available in the US. You can find the yarn with a simple web search. Not absolutely everything is available (colors change over time) but the author provides enough information to find a replacement yarn. Also the stabilizer found in the book is equal to Pellon Wash n Gone. Available at many sites including [...] If you are looking for conservative purses, belts, shawls....don't buy this book. BUT if you are looking for hip and easy to create designs, check this out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fantastic 7. April 2009
Von Dana - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A great inspiring felting book. The projects are for those people who don't like off the rack fashion. You know it's a great book if after reading it you start to have ideas about what you want to do and get straight into it (like I am). It has projects for making belts, ponchos, bags and hats but the author shows you just how easy it is to do the felting that you can translate it into any project. I see no problem with the instructions in the book - she has both US & UK measurements and one brand of water soluble stabiliser is easily substituted for another. The only thing she is missing is what 30 and 40 degrees celcius is and that is easily found on the internet - but I'm from Australia so it is great to see a book that I don't have to translate inches etc. Great book, nice use of colour, trendy ideas.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very Cool Technique 9. Februar 2013
Von Rhonda - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
I just think that water soluable stabilizer is one of the greatest inventions! I am giving this book a 5 star because I finally found a new technique for using it. So, if you are a seasoned sewer who likes making one-of-a-kind garments and want something new to try. I would recommend this book.

This author is giving you a very creative way to make your own flat fabric from mohair yarns. She also covers wet felting, so you can combine the two (or make flowers to use as embellishments, which is trendy right now). It looks like a great way to use leftover yarn. You can ask your knitting friends for their scraps! Then she free-motion stitches all over so everything connects, washes the stabilzier out, and then uses the fabric.

She has a lot of garment projects and gives the level of difficulty for each. Nice feature. Some of them don't appeal to me. Poncho? I think not. I am not into hats or belts, either, but I really like the shawls and tunics. So there is something for everyone. Patterns are in the back of the book. Some fabrics are delicate and others are heavier.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Just Okay 8. August 2013
Von Kakesalina - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This is a thin book with just a few ideas. I don't think it is worth the money. Many more and better ideas online for free. I am sorry I bought the book.
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