At Mr X Stitch we love to review textile art and embroidery books for you. There are so many great books to discover, packed with needlework inspiration and textile techniques, so we dive into each book to find out what’s good, what’s bad and let you know why you should pick it up.
Felt So Good: 30 Simple & Stylish Felt Projects by Christine Leech is a book showcasing 30 simple felt projects. The projects can be turned into gifts or decorations for your home with lots of practical uses of the craft of needle felting. You may recognise Leech’s work as we have reviewed another of her books recently, check it out here.
About the artist
As well as a Textile Artist and Author, Leech has over fifteen years of experience in women’s magazines, including those related to fashion. Her Textiles books utilise this experience, covering a wide range of subjects.
Who is it aimed at?
Due to its content documenting simple felt and it’s layout, the book is accessible to all, from beginner crafters to those more experienced and wanting to utilise their skills in practical ways. The book has wide appeal, written for both children (when supervised) and adults due to its simple layout and easy to follow instructions.
Straight away, we have a wealth of inspiration and exciting ideas to start our journey with Needle Felting. The contents is split into different categories such as Gifts, Decorations and For the Home. From this, there are templates for some simple felt projects within the book and each project has a well designed and photographed instruction manual.
What makes it special?
The names of the projects are fun with a lot of imagination going into each design. The fonts and page designs are well thought out and colourful, and generally a joy to flip through.
The photography throughout is well placed and gives some great ideas as to how to utilise the creations around your home.
Similarly, the photography is well executed within the instructions, showing a strong template as to how to get started with shapes and design.
What is wrong with the book?
You may find this too simple if you are more experienced in embroidery and general Textile Art. However, it is still lovely for inspiration.
Felt So Good: 30 Simple & Stylish Felt Projects by Christine Leech is a beautifully laid-out and fun instruction manual into creating sweet felt creations to either gift or display around your home. It has a wide appeal from children to adults and is a great introduction into getting started with Textile Art.