I LOVE felt. It’s one of my favorite things to craft with, but because I’ve got decoupage as a full time job, I don’t get to do projects with it as much as I would like. Honestly, I’m also not that savvy with felt. If it comes to anything more than simply cutting it out and glueing to things or a few simple folds, well – I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s these times where books like So Pretty! Felt: 24 Stylish Projects to Make with Felt come in handy. I’m a knitter, so I’m all about instructional text and patterns when it comes to getting the job done. That is what this book provides and more, along with beautiful projects and photography. So that you get a better idea of what to expect inside, here are my five favorite things about this book.
1. The introductory section at the beginning of the book. I don’t know anything about the tools required to use/manipulate felt. I also have no idea how to select felt or how to care for it. That is where the front of this text comes in handy. If you are a newbie to felt crafting (at least this kind of felt crafting) then you’ll value this introduction. It might even show you experienced folks a few things you didn’t know.
2. The collection of different artists featured. This was such a pleasant surprise. When I received the book, I had no idea that it was a compilation of a variety of designs – which I personally love. I really like it when books have a selection of designers so that I can get a different feel for styles and designs. It adds to the projects for me.
3. The fact that the projects are simple. Sure, some are a little more complicated to make than others. But what I enjoy about the projects in this book is that they all have a simple beauty. There’s nothing overly busy that makes me think I’d never make that. In fact, I can see making most of the projects in this book. And I won’t have to devote my life to do it, either. There are some really quick felt projects in here.
4. It’s not all about embellishments. The #1 thing that I think of when I think of felt is embellishing. For instance, a tote, a shirt, a headband. While there are certainly some of those projects in the book, that is not ALL of the projects. There are some gift items, fashion, home decor . . . it’s a great selection. So don’t worry that it’s all just felt rosettes; you’ll get a lot more.
5. My favorite project: the sharon headband. I always pick a favorite project, and I’m in love with this headband. I forget that felt can be beautifully embroidered (I’ve actually never done it), and this is a perfect example of how to take something basic and make it wardrobe worthy with simple touches. And embroidery is discussed at the beginning of the book if you aren’t sure about it.
So Pretty Felt is a winner – and truly lives up to its name. These projects are gorgeous and I’m impressed!