Welcome to Part Two of the Felt Craft Book Roundup: the cute, the zakka, the Japanese. (Part One is here.)
Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt: 25 Whimsical Sewing Projects, by Kata Golda, STC Craft, 2009. Cute simple sweet projects, for kids, home and self. Get the full True Up review here.
Did someone say cute? I think this is the definitive work. Aranzi Aronzo: Cute Book, Vertical, 2007. 19 cute (duh) felt mascots. White Rabbit and Brown Bunny know you can do it!
My Favorite Felt Sweets, by Joie Staff, Japan Publications Trading, 2008. This book is full of insanely realistic felt treats and instructions to make same. It’s a translation of a Japanese craft book; if you’re a purist, you can find the original on Etsy or eBay or the regular Japanese craft book sources.
And sure, you can start with dessert, but make sure you get your veggies: Try Cute Felt Fruit and Vegetables, available in Feltorama‘s shop. I think “cute” is an understatement here. (I mean seriously. Tiny felt garlic! Come on!)
Softies Only a Mother Could Love: Lovable Friends for You to Sew, Knit, or Crochet, Jess Redman and Meg Leder, editors, Perigee Trade, 2009. At least a few felt buddies in this one. Look for a second volume of this series coming out in February, too.
Speaking of softies, this is a classic. Softies: Simple Instructions for 25 Plush Pals, by Therese Laskey, Chronicle Books, 2007.
If you’re a beginner, you may prefer the Softies Kit, which has 10 new patterns plus five from the book. It also includes materials to make the Party Cake: felt, floss, batting and a pompom.
Also from Therese Laskey, the woman who brought you Softies, comes the adorable English language guide to Zakka Sewing: 25 Japanese Projects for the Household, STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book, 2008. This book only has couple felt projects in it, but that squirrel makes it worth the inclusion, don’t you think?
We’ve hit the highlights — is there anything we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments! And remember to check out Part One here!