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Shibori Knitted Felt 20 Plus Designs to Knit Bead and Felt

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.
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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

SKU: 08KN13

Author/Speaker/Editor: Alison Crowther-Smith

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680852

Number Of Pages: 112

Table of Contents

Sheer scarf and wrap- Very delicate and beautifully simple, this sheer scarf and wrap are knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed 4-Ply and Kidsilk Haze.

Technique- Threading beads
  • Bobble cushion- Large, classic, and very comforting, this cushion is knitted in Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran, which felts beautifully to produce a soft, deep fabric.
  • Pleated scarf and corsages- This short, felted scarf with subtle beats knitted into the fabric is intended to be worn over a coat or jacket and fastened with a brooch or with one of the corsages.
Technique- Felted pleats
  • Beaded scarf- A thick and warm scarf, this felted knit has the same "bumps" as the "bumps" strip bag and is also beaded.
  • Daisy bag- Strong, yet also really pretty, this versatile stripy bucket bag in Rowan Scottish Tweed Aran is a generous size.
  • Leafy place mats and coasters- Subtle and minimalist, these felted place mats are really solid, and thick enough to protect any table from plates and mugs.
  • "Bump" striped bag- This unusual felted bag is ideal as a knitting or craft-project bag.
Technique- Felted bumps
  • Rosebud scarf- Bobbles in a toning color are knitted into this scarf, which is then hand-pleated over the bobbles before felting to give a soft but uniform texture.
  • Ruffled bag- This medium-size bag give you the chance to try out a Shibori weaving technique, using unspun fibers cut into short lengths and woven into the knitted base fabric before felting.
Technique- Woven-in strands
  • Dots and bars blanket- Rowan's Scottish Tweed 4-Ply makes the softest knitted felt. You know how pure wool can itch slightly? Well, felting largely takes this away because it changes the actual structure of the wool fibers.
  • Dots and bars cushion cover- Peppered with large and small knitted-in bobbles and textural felted bars, in a design similar to the blanket, this large cushion cover is just great fun to knit.
  • Flower bag- Sturdy, yet very pretty, this medium-size bag has small rigid handles and an inner pocket. Inspired by felted and embroidered fabric, it is embroidered with random swirls on one side prior to felting.
  • Striped scarf- Making this beautifully soft and cozy felted scarf would be a great introduction to the art of knitted felt.
  • Hearts throw- This throw is knitted in large squares of Rowan Scottish Tweed DK, which makes a lovely soft felt.
  • Twist scarf- This twirled scarf is highly decorative, with beads down the outside edge highlighting the spiral shape.
  • Nursery motif hangings- Very easy, very pretty, and great for using up leftover yarns, these little motifs make a perfect project for the first-time felter.
  • Spiral cushion cover- Make one of the two variations of this cushion cover, and if you like the result, knit the other for a pair.
  • Hot water bottle cover- The size of this cover fits all sizes of hot water bottles, with the bottle sliding easily inside.
  • Islands scarf- A piece of art-meets-clothing, this project is a little more adventurous and can be used to practice the different techniques show in this book, because it uses several - beading, "bumps," woven-in silk, and embroidery.
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About the Author

Alison Crowther-Smith has worked as one of Rowan's design consultants and teaches highly successful workshops in knitting and felting. She lives in the West of England with her family.

SKU: 08KN13

Author/Speaker/Editor: Alison Crowther-Smith

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596680852

Number Of Pages: 112