Felt is one of the most ancient of textiles, felting one its most ancient techniques. That felt is still very much with us today, and the techniques are still fresh, viable and sought after, when so many other textile traditions have fallen into disuse or been discarded by more recent technology, says much about the method, and the durability of the fabric.
Felting is a great teaching technique. It is fun to do, it is a hands on technique, and the results are always vibrant and durable. What’s not to love?
The renowned feltmaker Lizzie Houghton has published a book that should be a must for all feltmakers, and indeed potential feltmakers. Felting Fashion: Creative and Inspirational Techniques for Feltmakers (published by Batsford), is a book that is project-based, with a whole range of practical, easy to follow projects for wearable felt, anything from hats to jewellery, vest tops to coats.
All the projects in the book feature Lizzie’s stunning and original design work, and the book guides the reader through every stage of feltmaking, from choosing materials and equipment, to embellishing and dyeing your own wools and silks.
If you want a book that is going to take you from wishing to wear the unique and the original, to actually creating unique and original clothing, then this is the book for you.
Lizzie Houghton trained as a fashion designer and has always been a clothes maker. Specialising in felt textiles, she exhibits widely and sells her wearable art throughout the UK and Europe. She teaches workshops on feltmaking and dyeing from her studio in Penzance, Cornwall.
Felting Fashion is widely available from the specialist textile art and design publisher Batsford.