Wool Toys and Friends

Wool Toys and Friends by Laurie Sharp and Kevin Sharp

Step-by-Step Instructions for Needle-Felting Fun

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781589236660
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This volume teaches and illustrates fun, needle-felted projects to add to your collection of Wool Pets. The instructions include wet-felting and various embellishment techniques along with the needle felting and discusses the ways that folk art and nature inspire the projects. Heirloom hand-crafted wooden or cloth toys, birds and other animals have inspired and influenced the projects which have been translated into needle-felted art.

Laurie Sharp is a full time artist and has been needle felting for over 15 years. She raises her own sheep, shears and processes the wool for most of her projects. She has been featured on HGTV's 'That's Clever.' From her web sitewww.woolpets.com, she sells needle felting kits and finished pieces as a business that has become overwhelmingly successful. Her work has been shown in a number of galleries in the Pacific Northwest. She lives in Suquamish, Washington with her husband and business partner, Kevin Sharp. Kevin is a professional photographer, and provides all of the photography for Laurie's books.

Kevin Sharp is a professional photographer, and provides both the beauty and how-to photography for this book. His work can be viewed on http://www.sharpphotography.com.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781589236660
Illustrations: 500
Size: 8 in x 10 in x 0.375 in / 203.2 mm x 254 mm x 9.525 mm



Tools and extras

Basic techniques

Pop-up prairie dog puppet


Hedgehog pincushion

Mushroom house

Starfish beanbags

Storybook and pocket pals

Finger puppets

Lion hand puppet

Matryoshka doll

Dala horse

Elephant pull toy

Sock monkey

Mouse in pumpkin

Teddy bear

Japanese doll


About the author



Wool Toys & Friends: Step-by-Step Instructions for Needle-Felting Fun. Creative Pub: Quayside. 2010. 128p. illus. ISBN 978-1-58923-506-9. $19.99. FIBER CRAFTS

This collection of cheery, intricate felted toys focuses on needle-felting techniques but also includes some basic wet felting. The clear, easy-to-follow directions are accompanied by photographs, so crafters can see what the project should look like at every step—essential for three-dimensional projects such as these. Sharp’s technique, especially with faces, is painterly, and the attention to detail in the patterns is extraordinary. These may be designed as toys, but they are also lovely as decorative objects, and many are well within the reach of ambitious beginners. - Library Journal, August 2010

October 14, 2011
Paula Moliver of the Hartford Knitting Examiner says toys made from patterns in Wool Toys and Friends are sure to become heirlooms. Read More.