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My Latest Book 'Rapt in Felt - New Ways with Wearables' - 62 pages, packed full of information with step-by-step illustrated instructions - 313 photographs - The biggest one yet!!!!!!!!!!!

Rapt in Felt Book

Published October 2010

Topics include: 9 new 'Nuno' Projects, 2 new Wool Felt Projects, Cobweb Felts by Jenny MacKay, featuring also creations by Melanie Bermingham (England), Liz Brown (Scotland), and Anja Bruun Sørensen (Denmark)

Price: £20 +  postage £2.50 (UK) or (£5.00) Overseas

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'Needle to Felt - Wet and Dry Felting Techniques' - 33 pages of information with step-by-step illustrated instructions + laminated Prompt Sheet for Wet-felting + 5 Regular felting needles

Published August 2009

Topics covered:

  • Materials and Equipment

  • Research and Reference Material

  • How to get started

  • Painting with Fibres and Colour Mixing

  • Dry Felting Gallery

  • Drawing and Painting with Fibres

  • Wet Felting Finish

  • Technical Tips, Suppliers and Useful References

Price: £16 + £2.50 (UK) postage, Overseas postage please add £4

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  'Fancy Feet and Magic Mitts: Seamless Felting Projects' - 43 pages of information and step-by-step illustrated instructions

Fancy Feet & Magic Mitts

Published September 2008

Seamless Felting Topics covered:

  • Slippers

  • 'Daisy Roots' Boots

  • Mittens

  • Oven Gloves

  • Wrist Warmers

Price: £18.50 including U.K. postage.   (Anywhere else in the World: £21.50 including postage) (Credit card payment preferred for overseas orders - Visa or MasterCard)

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'Start to Felt', ISBN 978 1 8448 262 7, published by Search Press

"Have just completed a voluntary demo stint at Devon County Show with College;  (15,000 visitors in one day!)  lots of children mostly girls enjoyed the hands on and I just want to say what a pleasure it is to be able to promote your book Start to Felt.  The children get such pleasure and their parents want to know where to go next and frankly yours is the best and most joyful route – keep going!" Gill Burbidge

Paperback, although aimed at 10-14 year-olds this book aims to lay the foundations of a wide range of felting techniques through many colourful and exciting projects, which beginners of all ages would find helpful and inspiring, following step-by-step illustrated instructions.

Priced at an incredible £6.99 - a must addition to your library!

+ UK and Europe Postage and packing: £ 2.50

Rest of the World: please add £4.50

 

Over 63 pages of information + 192 images + 4 barbed needles

'Painting and Sculpting with Needles - Dry Felting Developments'

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ISBN: 978-0-9541143-9-8, published September 2007

This is an extension of the felting techniques covered in 'Felt Figures Great and Small', and features aspects that have never been published before. Projects show step by step instructions and illustrations that clearly demonstrate hand dry felting methods for applying fibres in a painterly manner to create backgrounds, and ways for making raised and free-standing sculptures. In addition, Suzanne Higgs has contributed a chapter on needle felting hats. All this, and an in-depth exploration for using 'Embellishers', showing ways of joining fabrics and felts, creating textural effects, and using various fibres beside wool.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Explanations of Materials and Equipment

  • Hand Needle Methods for painting with fibres, background preparation for 'Owl and the Pussy Cat' project

  • Building the 'Peagreen Boat'

  • Sculpting the Owl and the Pussy Cat

  • Free-standing Sculptural projects

  • Sculpture Gallery

  • Needled Hats - Suzanne Higgs

  • A wide range of Machine Needling Techniques - The Embellisher Explored

  • Technical Tips

  • Glossary

  • Resources - Suppliers, Literature, Websites and Contacts

UK Price: £22.50, including 1st Class postage and packaging

Price everywhere else in the World: £25.50, including Airmail postage and packaging (Credit card payment preferred - Visa or MasterCard)

Over 57 pages of information + 185 photographs, 12 diagrams + laminated prompt sheet

'Words to Fibre Books - A Fresh Look at Book Forms'

'Words to Fibre Books' Book

ISBN: 0-9541143-8-8, published April 2006

A creative exploration of the idea of 'Books' in their various forms in terms of felt making and fibre fusing techniques, together with explanations of a wide range of surface treatments and printing methods (including the use of digital imagery). Many possibilities are examined - from simple to complex constructions - which will hopefully inspire readers to develop their own notions in order to enhance the experience of unfolding a 'story', thought, or event to share with others.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Fundamentals - Explanations of Equipment, Felting Methods (including 'Resist' pages and pockets), Fibre Papers, Surface Treatments, Transfer Printing for pattern and texture

  • Transfer printing of Digital Images, using various specialist Inkjet papers

  • Words and Inspiration for Projects

  • Exploring simple book forms

  • Books with flaps

  • Folded Books - from simple to complex, illustrated with projects and diagrams

  • Freeform Books - creative all-in-one method of construction, illustrated with projects, and step by step instructions

  • Hints and Tips

  • Glossary of terms

  • Resources - Suppliers, Literature, Contacts

U.K. Price: £20.50 include 1st class postage and packing (cheques made payable to 'Felt Head to Toe')

Price elsewhere in the World: £23.50 including postage and packing (Credit card payment preferred - MasterCard)

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Over 57 pages of information + 210 photographs, 7 diagrams + laminated prompt sheets

'Felting Rainbows - Creative Dyeing for Felters'

ISBN: 0-9541143-7-X, published August 2005

Having mentioned dyeing and colouring techniques for wool and felts in previous books, I thought it time to devote more space to this fascinating topic. In 'Felting Rainbows' I have brought together information specifically aimed at felters, covering a wide range of dyestuffs and techniques to thrill and excite you - and encourage you to have a go!

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Dyeing Fundamentals - Health and Safety, Explanation of the Dyes, Equipment and General Preparation, Understanding Colour

  • Results of Experiments with Different Dyestuffs - Omega All-in-One , Rainbow Dyes, Colorhue Dyes, 'Kool-Aid' dyeing, Gaywool Dyes, and Pro Colour Heat-fix Dyes

  • Felting Fundamentals

  • Felting Projects with Dyed Wool - 3-D frilled Scarves, Collars, Cuffs, Steam-set 3-D Effects

  • 'Shibori' Resist Dyeing - Binding, Pole-wrapping, Clamping, Stitch-Resist, 3-D Resist Effects + various applications for 'Resist' dyeing

  • Recipes

  • Technical Tips

  • Glossary of Terms

  • Resources - Suppliers, Literature, Websites and Contacts

  • Appendix - General Dyeing Tips

U.K. Price: £20.50 include 1st class postage and packing (cheques made payable to 'Felt Head to Toe')

Price elsewhere in the World: £23.50 including postage and packing (Credit card payment preferred - Visa or MasterCard)

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Over 65 pages of information - plenty of illustrations + laminated prompt sheets. New approaches to 'Hats and Headwear', describing many methods that have never been published before

'Head Starts - Felt Hats and Headwear'

Head Starts Book

ISBN: 0-9541143-6-1, published March 2005

My aim for this book was to approach the subject 'hats and headwear' in a new and exciting way, which opens up all manner of possibilities for innovation. To this end I have re-worked aspects that I may have covered in my previous books, and extended them to cover new techniques that have never been previously published. It is hoped that by gathering all this information in one book, you will find it a useful source of information for your future work.

TOPICS COVERED

  • Preparation - Equipment, Materials, Exploring a Theme

  • Seamless Felting Method - from basics to blocking

  • Variations on designs, and transformations

  • Multi-form Seamless Felting Method

  • Berets with a difference

  • Complex beret method

  • Alternative Headwear - Mixed Media Fascinators, Simple and Complex Flower Head pieces

  • Headwear as Sculpture - Advanced felted wire method, Felted Mesh Method

  • Gallery of innovative work

  • Technical Tips, covering a wide range of additional topics

  • Resources - Suppliers, Literature, and contacts

UK Price: £22.50, including 1st Class postage and packaging

Price everywhere else in the World: £25.50, including Airmail postage and packaging (Credit card payment preferred - Visa or MasterCard)

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Over 61 pages of information - plenty of illustrations + laminated prompt sheets for wet felting methods

'Sensory Deceptions for felts and fabrics'

Sensory Deceptions Book

ISBN: 0-9541143-5-3, published July 2004

The aim of the book is to show a wide range of methods for altering the characteristics and appearances of felts and fabrics in order to create illusions of them being something else, e.g. metal, ceramics, aged and distressed, to mention but a few! For convenience and easy reference, the book is organized into three parts - Part One: Foundations and Surface Treatments; Part Two: Photography and Computer Graphics; and Part Three: Fake Fibre Fabrics.

Topics covered in the book

  • Flat Foundation Felts

  • Mesh Felts for 3-D Forms

  • Laminating Fabrics

  • Surface Treatments - Painting with inks and acrylics, drawing with pens, Block Printing, Stecilling and Transfer printing

  • Finishings and Surface Effects ways of altering the surface, metallic and Ageing Effects, Distressing Fabrics and Felts

  • Using Photography and Computers

  • Transferring Photo Images into the Computer - using a Scanner, Digital Camera, via smart card reader and USB connection

  • Image Editing in PaintShop Pro 8

  • Printing an Image with an Inkjet Printer

  • Transferring Digital Images on to Felt and Fabrics

  • Fake Felts

  • Fine Fibre Fabrics

  • Fibre Fusions

  • Technical Tips

In addition there is a comprehensive range of of information on suppliers of materials and equipment, literature, and useful contacts.

UK Price: £22.50, including 1st Class postage and packaging

Price everywhere else in the World: £25.50, including Airmail postage and packaging (Credit card payment preferred - MasterCard)

Over 63+ pages of information and generously illustrated: Reviewed in 'Textile Forum' Magazine, November 2004. Featured in 'Craftsman' magazine, August 2004

'Felt Figures Great and Small': Wet and Dry Sculpting Techniques Review

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Introducing a comprehensive range of projects and techniques - wet and dry felting methods - with plenty of illustrations and diagrams, as follows:

  • Figures with Dry Needle Felting - small scale

  • Fibre Figures with Armatures - Fairies and 'MerFolk' variations

  • Large Scale Figures on Armatures

  • Wet Felting round a Foam Foundation

  • Wet Felting Method for Sculpting with Fibres

  • 'Resist' Wet Felted Figures - Dolls

  • Glove Puppets

  • Masks - full face and half face

  • Artists' Showcase

  • Technical Tips

  • Plus useful addresses for contacts, books, and suppliers.

  • 274 Photographs + 2 diagrams

UK Price: £22.50, including 1st Class postage and packaging

Price everywhere else in the World: £25.50, including Airmail postage and packaging (Credit card payment preferred - Visa or MasterCard)

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My 4th book, was published in October 2003: Review

'Felt Out of the Kitchen': Perspectives in the 21st Century

Felt Out of The Kitchen Book

A compilation of illustrated essays by invited felt artists and myself, discussing the role of 'Felt' in our society today, which we hope will  be informative and thought-provoking, and an inspirations for others to consider new dimensions.

Contributors:

    • Alison Brough - Art Therapist

'Dialogue with Myself': Felt in relation to Art Therapy

    • Ewa Kuniczak - Fibre Artist, Author, Business Owner

'Turning Passion into Profit': Felt as a Business

'Felt in the Community': Application of Felt Projects in a Variety of Community Projects

    • Jenny Mackay - Textile Artist

'Ecclesiastical Felts': Felt projects in Religious Settings

'A Story-telling Yurt': A Felt Millennium Dome in the C21st

    • Jeanette Sendler - International Textile Artist

'Felt and Performance Art'

    • Karin Flatøy Svarstad - Textile Artist, Norway

'Felt in Nature': Installations in the Open - Time and the Elements

    • Ayala Talpai - Fibre Artist, Author

'Felt as Fantasy': Imagination and Needle-felting Perspectives

    • Additional information

U.K. Price: £16.50 include 1st class postage and packing (cheques made payable to 'Felt Head to Toe')

Price elsewhere in the World: £18.50 including postage and packing (Credit card payment preferred - Visa or MasterCard)

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My third book, published in October 2002 can be bought directly from me by Mail Order using your credit card (MasterCard or Visa) via phone, fax and post! Also available soon through certain Retail Outlets.

'Yet More Felt in the Kitchen': Mixed Media and Advanced Techniques Review

Yet More Felt in the Kitchen Book

Signed, comb bound, first edition with over 50 pages, packed full of information, 159 images and  6 diagrams, covering a comprehensive range of subjects. Published by 'Felt Head to Toe'. ISBN 0-9541143-2-9

Having covered basic and intermediate felting techniques in my previous books, I thought it time to introduce the exciting possibilities for felting all manner of unusual objects - 2-D and 3-D, working methods for undertaking more challenging projects, and a variety of surface treatments to finished felts. Once again, I try and explain my methods as thoroughly as I possibly can without making the book too cumbersome. Any techniques that were featured in depth in previous books, and which are used in combination with new ones, are included in the appendices for easy reference. Above all, I hope to encourage everyone to have a go, and extend their experience!

Chapters include thoughts on WORKING LARGE, and technical explanations for LACE FELT VARIATIONS, 2-D MIXED MEDIA FELTING USING RUBBING TECHNIQUE (1), 3-D MIXED MEDIA FELTING USING RUBBING TECHNIQUE (2), MIXED MEDIA JEWELLERY (Some, very simple!), FELTED WIRE CONSTRUCTIONS, SURFACE TREATMENTS AND TRANSFORMATIONS, WAYS OF COMBING TECHNIQUES, SCULPTING WITH FIBRES OVER ARMATURES, FORMING HOLLOW VESSELS ROUND A BALL, DESIGNING FOR GARMENTS (with sleeves and collars), AND TECHNICAL TIPS (with additional information on printing, stenciling and screen printing).

Plus a Laminated Prompt Sheet on the 'Mixed Media Flat Rubbing Method'

Plus 3 'Star' barbed needles to help you with your sculptures, and also make a useful needling tool!

U.K. Price: £20.50 include 1st class postage and packing (cheques made payable to 'Felt Head to Toe')

Price elsewhere in the World: £23.50 including postage and packing (Credit card payment preferred - MasterCard)

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  My Second book, published in January 2002: It can be bought directly from me by Mail Order using your credit card (MasterCard or Visa) via phone, fax and post! Also available through certain Retail Outlets.

'More Felt in the Kitchen': Painting and Sculpting with Fibres

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Signed, comb bound, first edition with over 44 pages, packed full of information, 131 images and 12 diagrams, covering a comprehensive range of subjects. Published by 'Felt Head to Toe'. ISBN 0-9541143-1-0   Review

As a follow up to 'Felt in the Kitchen', it is intended for those of you who have some experience, but wish to improve your techniques and extend your work with new possibilities. Here, I build up on the information covered in my first book. I am able to expand certain aspects that I could only touch upon before, as well as introduce new methods of working with dyeing techniques, handling fibres in order to produce painterly effects and making 3-D forms. To help folk, I explain techniques in great detail, with coloured pictures and diagrams. Furthermore, to make sure that readers understand the methods I use, I have included summaries of the basic techniques that were covered in 'Felt in the Kitchen'.

Chapters include thoughts on 'Organising your Work Space', instructions on 'Painting with Fibres' and 'More Painterly Effects', 'Flat Felt Variations', Resist Dyeing Techniques', 'Painterly Techniques with Seamless Felts', 'Simple Seamless Garments', 'Sculpting with Fibres using wet moulding methods', 'Berets with a Difference', 'Technical Tips', Resources, Appendices covering technical information, plus lots more!

Plus Laminated Prompt Sheets on 'Sculpting with Fibres' and 'Resist Dyeing Methods'

Plus a barbed needle for surface embellishments!

I hope you will find this a goldmine of  useful information!

All for £18.50 including U.K. postage.   (Anywhere else in the World: £21.50 including postage) (Credit card payment preferred for overseas orders - Visa or MasterCard)

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My first book, launched in June 2001. It can be bought directly from me by Mail Order using your credit card (MasterCard or Visa) via phone, fax and post! Review Also available through certain Retail Outlets.

'Felt in the Kitchen': a felter's handbook

Felt in the Kitchen Book

Signed, comb bound, first edition with over 43 pages, packed full of information, images and diagrams, covering a comprehensive range of subjects. Published by 'Felt Head to Toe'. ISBN 0-9541143-0-2

In this book, the first in a planned series, I explain my working methods that I have developed over the years while I have been teaching, and making felt as a professional artist. I am doing this so that others may gain from my experience, and discover the magic of felting and the joy of doing so without tears or undue mess!

Whether you are experienced or a complete beginner, I hope you will find this book helpful. You can work your way through each chapter, or dip in and out as your needs dictate.

Chapters include 'Flat felting' techniques, Seamless felting from a range of articles like bags and purses to hats and slippers, various ways of creating Hair Adornments, Dry Needle Sculpting, and a description of my recent commission 'Zoe's World' which embodies most of the working methods described in the book. Furthermore, there are sections on Embroidery and Felting, Recycling Felts, Technical Tips, Resources information!

Plus laminated Prompt sheets on Flat Felting, Seamless Felting and Dyeing - and needles for dry needle felting!

U.K. Price: £20.50 including  postage and packing (cheques made payable to 'Felt Head to Toe')

Price elsewhere in the World: £23.50 including postage and packing

How to get your copy? Use one of the following methods, for which you can use the Mail Order Form that you can print out for yourself. You will be also obtain your copies through Shopping Online, using secure payment facilities.

Mail Order  for all publications

    • Send your order and cheque to: 'Felt Head to Toe', 23 Glebe Road, Kincardine-on-Forth, Alloa, Clackmannanshire, FK10 4QB  Scotland

    • Send your order, or phone/fax, with your credit card details (MasterCard or Visa) : Tel/fax: 01259-730779

    •             Card account number

    •             The name as it appears on the card

    •             Card expiry date as it appears on the card

    •             The cardholder's address. Must be the same as on card.

    •             Security number on the back of the card (last 3 digits)

    •             Your contact telephone number

    •             Name of Bank or Building Society that issued the card

    •             Remember to sign your order!

I read my e-mails once a day. Your order will be acknowledged, and immediately sent to you. It is my intention to deal with orders quickly, but occasionally delays may occur when I have to reprint copies, or when I am working away from home. You can be sure that I will do my very best to dispatch your order in the shortest time possible.

Available also from the following Stockists

U.K. Stockists (with Mail Order facilities):  

'Wingham Wool Work', 70 Main Street, Wentworth, Rotherham, S. Yorkshire S62 7BR England         e-mail: [email protected]  Website: http://www.wingwool.clara.net 

'Crafts Council Gallery Shop', 44a Pentonville Road, Islington, London N1 9BY e-mail: [email protected] 

'Bowdon Books', 33 Lowergate, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 1AD  e-mail: [email protected] 

'Embroiderers Guild', Apt.41, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, England    Tel: 020 8943 1229 Website: http://www.embroiderersguild.com 

'Dawson Books', Foxhills House, Rushden, NN10 6DB  Website: http://www.dawsonbooks.co.uk

U.S.A. Stockists (with Mail Order facilities):

'Susan's Fiber Shop', N250 Highway A, Columbus, Wisconsin  WI53925  e-mail: [email protected] 

'The Fiber Studio', P.O. Box 637, Henniker, N.Y. 03242  e-mail: [email protected] 

Forthcoming publication:

    • 'Start to Felt' Start to Felt (for Search Press) - Proposed publication date 20th June, 2008: Inexpensive book with projects aimed at older children and young adults

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