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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 20 January 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782217343
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 204x260 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £9.99
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Needle Felting for Beginners


How to sculpt with wool by Roz Dace & Judy Balchin

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Book Description

Have fun needle felting your way through miniature worlds, creatures and faces in this inspiring beginner's book.

Learn from experienced crafters Roz Dace and Judy Balchin how to master the art of needle felting.

Perfect for beginners, this fun, felty book teaches a different technique in each project. The authors take you on a journey, building up your skills from basic needle felting to confidently using armatures. They share their secrets with you and teach you how to capture expression and character in faces, as well as how to create realistic figures or more exaggerated caricatures.

You can sculpt miniature teacup worlds, endangered and garden animals and even your friends and family it’s all covered.

With twelve varied projects to get stuck into, you just need to choose where to start. Beginners will love this much-needed guide to a fascinating craft.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
What is needle felting? 8
What you need 10
Basic techniques 22
The projects 42
Heart Bunting 44
Polly Bunny 48
Small World Pincushion 54
Moon Gazing Hare 60
Little Robin 66
Amanda Panda 72
Roving Rabbit 78
Forest Mouse 88
Felt a Face 96
Shabby Sheep 104
Playful Dog 110
Crafty Fox 116
Templates 122
Index 128

About the Author

About Roz Dace

From an early age Roz has loved creative writing, drawing, painting and all crafts. Following time spent in Paris, where she learnt French at L’Alliance Francaise, she started her career in television and in the media before joining Search Press, where she enjoyed many years as Editorial Director commissioning practical art and craft books for international markets. Now retired, she continues to work with Search Press as a Consultant Editor. Roz lives near Maidstone, Kent.

About Judy Balchin

Judy Balchin studied art at Cardiff College of Art. Following this, she specialized in graphic design at Kent Institute of Art and Design in Maidstone. After working as a graphics assistant at the BBC Television Centre, she joined Adverkit International Ltd as a lettering artist. This began her love affair with letters, producing book jackets, logos and television titles over many years. During this time, she also became involved in the craft world. She has appeared on television, worked as a craft demonstrator, designed craft kits and run workshops. She has produced more than twenty books on various crafts and is the author of many articles for craft magazines. Judy lives in Maidstone, Kent.


Mondobelo Magazine

Roz Dace and Judy Balchin teach us how to sculpt with felting wool.

This book is a great guide to get you started, starting with simple projects before moving on to more advanced pieces.

It begins by introducing what this craft consists of and its origin, before moving on to the necessary tools and materials, the terminology as well as the basic techniques: from how to mix colours to how to sculpt in 3D or how to repair the most frequent errors, gradually increasing the level of difficulty.

Once the explanations are finished, you will put them into practice with the projects, ranging from a simple garland of hearts to delicate animal sculptures, each accompanied by images that illustrate the creative process step-by-step.

This book provides you with an opportunity to get started in this technique that is gaining popularity and whose versatility makes anyone who tries it, end up getting hooked.

Sew Magazine

Described as the book the authors wish they had when starting out, this easy-to-follow guide teaches you how to sculpt miniature worlds, animals, birds, and even your friends and family! There are 12 varied projects to get stuck into, and in each you'll discover a new technique, from using wire and armatures to capturing expression in the little felted faces.

Crafts Beautiful

For a mindful craft, why not give needle felting a go? You'll learn everything you need to know from authors and crafters, Roz Dace and Judy Balchin. They share their tips on how to add character to your creations and make unique pieces.


This book offers a comprehensive guide to the tools and techniques needed to dry needle felt. It covers all the basics and the projects build in skill. The instructions come with plenty of colourful and helpful photos. There are templates at the back of the book which are helpful to get sizes right. I am looking forward to trying all the projects.


Well, my goodness! I was unsure if I would get along with this new to me creative hobby but I'm totally loving it! I bought a basic pack of wool (the pack recommended with the book) and that contained everything I needed to have a go. I'm not the most amazing of sculptors but with a little perseverance and belief in me (and the book) I managed to make my first felted animal! The book guided me from start to finish with colour photos and clearly written instructions it is a joy to have. As a total novice I feel it will take me some time to get proficient but I like the process... But watch out for the sharp points in your fingers!


Having just started Needle Felting I looked forward to receiving this book... and I was not disappointed! The explanations are really clearly illustrated. Really helpful tips and not only gives techniques and advice on 'how' but also equipment needed.
Definitely recommend!


An interesting and informative book with lots of inspiration and a sense of fun. There is a little history of needle felting, a lot of what you need and tutorials with inspirational ideas and templates. There is also a section of help, tips and problem solving. As a fairly new needle felter, I found it a great help with techniques and shaping, also for making cores and larger shapes cheaper and quicker. There are some techniques explained that I didn't know about.

Machine Knitting Monthly

Learn how to master the art of needle felting. Perfect for beginners, this much-needed guide teaches a different technique in each of twelve varied projects. We build up skills, discover secrets and learn to capture expression and character in this fascinating craft.

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