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Fresh Felt Flowers Book Review

Guest Author - Tamara Bostwick

The book Fresh Felt Flowers is a wonderful introduction into the world of making beautifully detailed flowers out of felt. As a person who has difficulty keeping plants and flowers alive, I love the idea of making colorful, everlasting blooms that are, in my opinion, more attractive and appealing than the run of the mill silk flowers from the craft store. Tulips are my favorite spring flower, but I am always disappointed at how quickly they fade away. Now, I can make realistic looking tulips that will bring color and beauty to my home for about the same cost as purchasing fresh. Felt flowers are also a nice alternative for those who suffer from allergies. In my case, while I love the look of pink tiger lilies, I am so allergic to them that I can't be around them at all.

There are 17 different flower projects shown in the book that vary in skill level from beginner to advanced so that you can start out at a level that is comfortable for you and then move on to more complicated projects. The photographs are what make this book so appealing and usable. Not only are there arranged scenes of the completed flowers in decorator vases, but also close-ups of each flower so that you can see how they are put together. Also, when I read directions, I sometimes have problems visualizing how things are put together; in this book, this issue is completely eliminated because each step is not only very clearly explained, but there are abundant photos showing the step-by-step process of assembling the flowers.

The book begins with an introduction to the tools and materials needed to make the flowers, most of which are standard sewing and craft items such as scissors, beading and floral wire, and a sewing machine, to name a few. The projects do call for wool felt, which is readily available online if you have trouble locating it in a local fabric store.

The second section explains the basic techniques for cutting out the patterns, sewing the flower components and putting them together to make the finished flower. In order to properly understand the steps later on, it is essential to carefully read this chapter before starting to make any of the felt flower projects.

Following the techniques section are the 17 individual flower projects organized by flower type: blooming houseplants, perennial favorites and exotic tropicals. The blooming houseplant projects include African Violet, Gerbera Daisy, Geranium, Tulip, Daffodil, and Nasturtium. The perennial favorites are: Calla Lily, Rose, Sunflower, Gladiolus, Magnolia and Iris. The flowers making up the exotic tropical group are: Ginger, Bird of Paradise, Anthurium, Heliconia, and Orchid.

I found the flower assembly instructions to be well organized and easy to understand. There is a list of necessary materials followed by clear, detailed illustrated directions, with especially important steps bolded for extra emphasis. In the back of the book, there is a pull-out section with full-size patterns included so you don't have to fiddle with tracing patterns out of the book or enlarging any patterns.

During the next few months, I plan to make some flower bouquets for gifts as well as for myself. Of course, that is dependent on whether I can convince myself to give any away!

Lynne Farris is an craft and home décor expert who is most well known for her soft sculpture and felting techniques. She has appeared as a guest on the "The Caroll Duvall Show" on HGTV and "Lynette Jennings Design" on the Discovery Channel. She is the author of several other books featuring soft sculpture and felting. Several are shown below.

In the interest of full disclosure, a review copy of this book was provided to me by C&T Publishing. That said, my review is unbiased and reflects my true feelings about the book.
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