by Beverly Galeskas
Beverly Galeskas knows a thing or two about
felting. Her knitting pattern company, Fibertrends,
was one of the first commercial sources of
patterns for felted knits.
Galeskas' new book, Felted Knits,
covers all the bases on knitting items and
felting them. The first part of the
book explains the techniques used to create
felted items. The second part of the
book includes many patterns for felted projects,
including hats, mittens, tote bags, vests,
slippers, pillows and rugs. True to
Fibertrends' style, the projects are quite
classic in design, with some novelty yarns
thrown in now and then to jazz things up.
The third section of the book explains needle-felting
techniques, using barbed felting needles to
embellish items by "painting with fiber".
The patterns alone make this book a winner,
but the detailed felting instructions will
certainly give any knitter the tools needed
to create many other felted designs.
For anyone interested in pursuing this type
of knitting, Felted Knits is destined to become
the definitive sourcebook.