Thursday, 8 December 2011

Book Review: Kids’ Crafternoon Felting by Kathreen Ricketson

ISBN 9781742700441 (Felting) - Publishing date: 1st December 2011 – cost £14.99 Hardback

This is my second book review for hardie grant books which has made all the more exciting because I was given this Kids’ Carfternoon Felting to peruse several months before it’s actual release date, so I was one of the first people to get my little mitts on it!
As is my usual way when writing a review, rather than rewrite the publishers blurb which was sent to me and which also covers the Crafternoon series of books I’ve just copied and pasted it, so that I don’t miss out any of the important details.
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“The Kids’ Crafternoon series puts the fun back into a kid’s afternoon – turn off the TV and get crafting! Each title contains 25 appealing projects from specialist crafters across the globe. The projects vary in complexity and the time required for completion (though never longer than a whole afternoon), while the books are structured by project themes designed to appeal to young crafters. The four titles in the series are Papercraft, Sewing, Beading and Felting.
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The author Kathreen Ricketson is the founder of the phenomenally successful website, which receives over 10,000 visitors each day. The projects in the Kids’ Crafternoon titles have been carefully selected by Kathreen from crafters around the world. Each book features 25 fun projects that can be completed in an afternoon With step-by-step instructions and illustrations, the projects will appeal to both boys and girls, and they range from quick and easy projects to ones that will occupy kids for a few hours Modern, colourful, appealing design”
Kids' Crafternoon 2  ….. And, so what did I think of the book? ………. Well, I really liked it, especially as the projects are pretty simple and can be completed in an afternoon, which is just right for me because I am pretty hopeless at following things through if they take too long.
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I love the quality and feel of the book and the paper it is made from, plus the template pocket in the front cover containing all the templates you will need for the projects, the ring binding and the beautiful coloured photos, page borders and simple diagrams that illustrate the instructions. There is something for all abilities from the Eraser Heads (my level) …..
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….to an Upcycled Sherpa Hat (above) made from an old jumper and the Zombie Critter Charms, there is something for all ages and interests, all using either felted wool or felt.
Felt Pencil Topper 
For the purposes of this review I decided to tackle the Eraser Head pencil toppers ….. done in four simple steps, but I substituted button eyes for googly ones and small ric rac braid for the mouth … as my hand sewing is pants!
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*Please note that this review is only my opinion