Take your felt to the next level with Shibori Knitted Felt! Knitters already love knitted felt for the incredibly soft yet durable fabric it creates. Shibori, the Japanese term for manipulating fabric to create unusual textural and color effects, adds extra dimension to this winning combination for one-of-a-kind quality in each and every project.
Shibori Knitted Felt begins with felting basics, yarns and equipment needed for getting started-including charts of washing temperatures so you can obtain exact shrinkage results-plus techniques necessary for achieving success. Learn to create raised "bumps," bobbles, pleats, and beautiful embroidery stitches to add special finishing effects to your projects.
This exciting pattern collection from Alison Crowther-Smith, an English knitwear designer who has worked as a consultant for Rowan, offers an inspirational look at shibori knitted felt. Create a delicate frilled scarf embellished with beads, a "bump" striped bag-the texture created with marbles tied in before washing and embroidered with stitching for extra interest-a bobble cushion in two colors, a deceptively simple beaded twisted scarf, and much more. Twenty patterns are offered in the book for garments, bags, scarves, and homeware items galore using combinations of textural stitches, beads, and embroidery to embellish and enhance the felted knits. Beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, full-color illustrations, and sidebars of tips and techniques make the projects easy to understand and create. You'll never look at felt the same way again!
Reviews: "What's great about this book is how encouraging it is about readers trying their own thing... a must for anyone who likes felting."-About.com Guide to Knitting