« HO Scale Scenery – General Store for use with all HO Scale Train Layouts by Life-Like Trains eBoot 3.5-inch Natural Candle Wicks for Candle Making, 100 Pieces » 3 thoughts on “Pedigree Dogs in Needle Felt” 24 of 24 people found the following review helpful Best Book for Making Needle Felted Dogs, March 26, 2015 By Gingerbreadforest (Minnesota) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Pedigree Dogs in Needlefelt (Paperback) I enjoy needle felting, and dogs are my favorite subject matter. So, I was excited when I learned about this book, and extremely happy that it exceeded my expectations. This book has comprehensive information about making needle felted dogs, and has many tips and techniques that were new to me. The book begins by describing various tools and materials that are needed to successfully make the dogs as described. Some of the materials would seem obvious, but it is nice to have a list that includes less frequently used materials such as carders and wire cutters. The author also describes the different types of wool she uses for different areas of construction. She differentiates between “core” wool and “top coat” wool. Also included is a helpful wool glossary that defines nepps, noils, and rolags. (All new terms I had not heard of). Needles are discussed and reviewed, including a “reverse” felting needle that was also new to me. In the “Techniques” section of the book you learn about preparing the wool, measuring the wool and using templates for accuracy. The author describes how to prepare frequently used shapes, and recommends preparing your wool before you begin working. Next is the actual needle felting – how to make various shapes, joining shapes, repairs, and how to use tools like wooden dowels to felt upon for uniform shapes. Mixing wool for custom colors is also covered. Next the author covers the techniques that will really give your dogs personality and character. An in depth description of making polymer clay dog noses is included. There are instructions for using beads for eyes, and how they are attached to the sculpture. There is also a lesson in making your own custom polymer clay eyes. I was very happy with the recommendations for making an armature to build your sculpture around. (In my personal experience and armature is a necessary foundation for sculpting to help the dogs keep its shape, help with posing, and give it stability.) Next in the books are the patterns for each dog breed and detailed photographic instructions for step-by-step construction. The dogs included are the Cocker Spaniel, Labrador Retriever, Shih Tzu, Border Terrier, Standard Poodle, and Pug. You will learn about detailing the dogs with important facial features and details like footpads, eyelids, and nails. For me this book is a standout because of the instructions on two particular breeds, the Shih Tzu and the Standard Poodle. The Shih Tzu has a unique core body structure that is wrapped with yarn and combed out. This is quite a departure from the usual punching of wool roving, and will give you a new technique to try. The photographic instructions for this dog are very detailed, and the end sculpture is perfect. Poodles are my favorite dog breed, so I was happy that this book included a technique for making realistic curly/wooly poodle fur. This helps greatly in making a needle felted poodle recognizable as a poodle. The book concludes with information about creating your own designs, and finish details like eyelashes, open mouths and accessories. This is a great needle felting book, packed with useful information and techniques. This book goes further into depth than the other dog needle felting books that I have. The pictures are clear and detailed, there are many helpful tips included in balloon windows outside of the main text, and the dogs have a realistic look. This is my new favorite crafting book, and I highly recommend it. Anyone interested in beginning needle felting will have an easy time getting started with this book. Experienced needle felters will find some new and useful information. If you have been looking for an excellent book on needle felting dogs, then this is the book for you. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful Great for beginners and good for advanced needlefelters too, August 30, 2015 By Discriminating Reader (Valparaiso, IN) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Pedigree Dogs in Needlefelt (Paperback) I’ve felted my share of little animals but I was interested in seeing if I had any more to learn. The author is very thorough and I think a beginner could easily learn needlefelting animals from this. I found that some of her methods vary from mine and I’m anxious to try these different ways of doing things. The only flaws I could see were very minor and not worth mentioning. I hope the author does a follow up book with more breeds. (How about a Pomeranian?) Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Not Geared to Beginners, February 1, 2016 By Hatties Mom (Virginia) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Pedigree Dogs in Needlefelt (Paperback) I am sure this book will come in handy once I master Needle Felting. A lot of information on wools, tools, etc. but I think this book is not good for anyone just beginning to learn how to do needle felting. But I am sure that it will make more sense to me later on. 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