My name is Yovka and this felting book is my gift to all of you who:
*Enjoy crafting and would like to try the art of felting but don’t know how to start
The book provides complete step-by-step photo instructions starting with the easiest projects and gradually adding ideas and techniques until the moment when you will be ready to bring out your inner creative force and make your own variations to suit your taste and style.
*Love doing some “real” work with your children
Children love the softness and warm colors of wool and these 25 simple felt patterns are an ideal way to learn together. It is developmentally important AND a real fun to make your hands do the required movements and to have a finished product at the end. You can also use it as a way to include the children in the making of home decoration during holidays such as Christmas or Easter.
*Are primary or craft teachers
Working part time as a craft teacher in a Waldorf school I know that it is always exciting to present a new activity or a new way of doing some already familiar to the children technique. Wet felting is safe, neither too easy, nor too difficult and should be an interesting option for you, provided you are not too frustrated with wet stains all around. It is also convenient to use in periods of the day when children need to rest and calm down but are unwilling to take a nap.
*Are art therapists or SEN teachers- working with children with special needs
You know that children need sensory activities- they love to touch and feel, to splash water and rub things… All these activities are fun and have therapeutic effects at the same time. To my experience, wool processing and felting are very attractive to the children. I did most of this book’s projects with the group of children with disabilities I work with– autism spectrum disorders, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, dyslexia, etc… I witnessed with deep joy their satisfaction and the light in their eyes when they see the result of their work and feel included and skilful.
The 25 DIY felting projects that you will find in the book vary from basic forms such as balls, worms and spirals to more sophisticated items like flower corsages, jewels elements, clothes accessories, Christmas and Easter decorations, etc. Most of them are for wet felting and a few represent the technique of needle felting.
FELT IT! Don’t only follow instructions but most of all relish the moment, feel the gentle textiles and express your emotions!
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“FELT IT for beginners” is my first book. I am a mathematician by education but my life journey, especially the moment when my younger child was diagnosed with autism, has led me to different and special pathways. I discovered that my hobbies, such as crafting, teaching, early methods for child development, were actually precious and beneficial to improve my child’s life. So I put them in use with many other children with disabilities and their parents. As one of our main crafting practice was felting I became quite skilful in it and I found out that I was able to help a lot of people discover the fun and the therapeutic effects of it. I made most of the projects in the book with children – during the free workshops, I carry for children with special needs as well as during a short period of time when I worked half-time as craft teacher in a Waldorf school. I enjoy very much wool processing and I hope that my book would help many people unveil their own creative power – by themselves and/or with their children!