Book Report: Felt Dogs!

Hi, guys! Before I dive into this post, I should warn you… you’re going to need your official Anti-Cute-Overdose Goggles to survive this! Put ’em on and let’s go!

Ready?

You might be a little confused about why I’m reviewing a book about needle felting, but this should clear it up:

Pugs!!! The very sweet Patricia from Laurence King Publishing thought I might like to review Felt Dogs, and boy, was she right!  All she had to say was “pug” and I was in!  How cute are these fuzzy little guys?!

I mean, seriously.

The book is a brand-new translation from Japanese.  It walks you through the process of making felt dogs from gathering your materials to finishing with the perfect button nose. There are multiple breeds, and multiple poses.

If, like me, you don’t know much about needle felting, it’s the process of using a barbed needle to shape soft, fluffy wool roving into firm shapes. You just jab and jab and jab, molding it as you go.  As far as supplies go, you don’t need too many- a needle, a felting mat, and something to protect your fingers, and then you just need roving. I’d love it if any readers who do needle felting could chime in with any good places to source these supplies!

I’m sure this isn’t for everyone, but I’m just loving these projects! You can make a beagle:

A chihuahua:

A corgi (my mom’s favorite!):

Or even a dachshund (paging Pretty Grievances!!!):

I can imagine a younger version of myself getting really into this. It seems like a great activity for older kids or teens who are responsible enough to handle a sharp needle.

Now comes the fun part! As usual, Laurence King has provided a copy for one of my U.S. readers! If you want to win the book, leave a comment letting me know you want to enter the drawing. I’d also love to know your favorite breed of dog!  I’ll close the giveaway on Friday, April 11th at 11:59PM EST and draw a winner right away. Yay!

And look- the book even gets the rare Pug Seal of Approval (usually reserved for plush pillows and Goldfish crackers)!

53 responses

  1. PHEW!!! For a second I thought that was one of those “make needle felt animals with your pet’s fur” books. Those make me shudder for some reason. Very cute pugs (real and felty)

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  2. A sweater out of pug fur doesn’t sound fun. But I have two Newfoundlands and they are super soft, angora bunny soft; so I don’t think a sweater would be too bad. I am pretty partial to brown newfies; however, on the small dog spectrum, I have a serious weakness for pug-beagle mixes (puggles).

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  3. I love most dogs, but my husband is partial to Huskies and Corgis so I’m sure we’ll get one of them some day. We did go and play with a Golden Retriever puppy the other day and that was SO MUCH fun. Our apartment isn’t very pet friendly so we’re waiting until we get a house, but it’s a tough wait!

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  4. wow, what an awesome book! The red dog looks a little like my red heeler, Lucy, and also my favorite breed: the Australian Cattle Dog! I’m impressed with how distinctive each breed looks made-up in felt–very cool!

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  5. My favorite dog is a scottie dog! They are so cute! My sister does needles felting and is pretty good at it. She’d really like this book, especially since it is in English.

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  6. I love crafts and dogs! How cute are they! Looks tricky – Thanks for the giveaway! Oh, and I love JRT type breeds and chihuahuas are growing on me as I have a small one!

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  7. I’m a sucker for both felting and adorable doggies! My favorite breed is probably boston terriers, or pugs, or other smush face dogs. Love!

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  8. I am not a dog person, but if I were to have a dog, it would be a greyhound (two, preferably; they are so Art Deco) and PUGS. I LOVE pugs! (not the super-bulgy-eyed inbred looking ones, though!) Your little fella there is so cute! (I PREFER black in both cats and dogs) These felt dogs are cute but I have a friend who makes up felt dogs that look REAL. And what’s the problem with using an animals own fur to felt with? I use my cat’s own fur collected from the brush to stuff the toys I make for her; that way i know she’s not getting anything toxic or unhealthy. Why NOT supplement that expensive roving with a renewable FREE resource? I wouldn’t recommend this for anything I was making to SELL, however!

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  9. Oh how adorable! I was in a local fabric store (Nashville, TN) today and they had a basket of felted Easter bunnies, with a sign up sheet to enroll in a class! I was tempted, though I usually stick to dressmaking! Still, I’m up for it! Enter me in the drawing! Oh, and though my overall attitude about dogs is to love the one you’re with, I have to admit my favorite breed is the Saint Bernard. I’ve had two – Webster and Bogart. They were goofy and sweet and I miss them every day. By the way, I’ve been loving your blog lately. Especially the Flora dress! Inspiring!!!

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  10. They are really cute! So is your’s! I know nothing about felting and I would probably injure myself doing it, so don’t worry about entering me in the draw. I just wanted to say how cute they both are!

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  11. Love that last picture!

    There were so many Christmas ornaments this year that were needle felted animals. I would have bought a ton because they were so darn cute, but unfortunately, they were pretty expensive, like $50 a pop. I’d rather buy myself a present. Lol

    Yes, enter me into this contest please! My favorite dog is a Dalmation because I used to have one!

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  12. My 11 year old would go nuts over this! I am currently sharing the couch with our two mutts – springer spaniel mix and a boxer mix. Love ’em all!

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  13. This is not an entry, because I wouldn’t be able to try this craft. You know, wool. But that is really cute! My family had herding-type dogs most of the time I was living there, and so I’m a bit partial to German shepherds in particular. Though we currently have golden retrievers, since my husband had 2 already when I met him. They’re sweet, but sometimes very destructive when neither of us are home!

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  14. This is adorable! My mum recently managed to needle felt a fairly successful sheep. She gave it to my cat, who has taken a surprisingly long time to dismantle it – we’re currently down to one leg. I reckon he’d make much faster work of a doggy, though.

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  15. OH so so so cute! The book AND your pug!! Although I dearly love pugs my favorite breed has to be shit-zu, especially one with an underbite! Thanks Sonja! Just what I need- one more hobby!! 🙂

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  16. So cute! I love it when you post photos of your adorable dogs 🙂 The book is super cute too, but count me out of the giveaway. I hardly have time to sew for myself, and this book should go to someone who will use it (and post their creations for us all to AW over)

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  17. This has to be done by the same people as Crafting with Cat Fur – it looks so similar! Little bit creepy but amusing nonetheless. Please don’t enter me for the book, cute as it is, I am more of a cat person!

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  18. I’ve been wanting to learn how to felt and what better way to learn than by making super cute pooches! I’d have to say my favorite breed is the Great Dane, I’m partial to big goofy dogs 🙂

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  19. Ooh this is so cute! I’ve always wanted to try needle felting. Not to be creepy but I think I’d try to make a corgi … out of corgi hair! lol My dog sheds like nobody’s business, so he has plenty of “fiber” for me to use 🙂

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  20. MOAR DOUG THE PUG ERR’YDAY! That’s totally adorable. A friend just recommended I try needlefelting about three days ago! I guess I don’t have one specific favorite breed- I love corgis, but I’ve got friends with amazing huskies, and one with a boxer-mastiff mix. I DO like pitbulls, boxers, and bulldogs- nice jowly dogs.

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  21. Wooow these are super cute! I think needle felting looks super cool, but haven’t tried it yet.. Guess I don’t need another hobby, but it is very tempting… Wish I lived in the States so I could enter 🙂

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  22. I have been wanting to try needle felting for ages, and these dogs are so cute now I just have to make one!! My favorite breed is terrier, but if I win I’ll make the pug first for my friend who is also a pug fanatic. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! If I win I promise to write my own review on my blog: threadscapes.blogspot.com.

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  23. Sooooo cuuuuuuute!!! I love dogs, pretty much all of them. Although I’m partial to puggles, because that’s what I have. And he’s adorable. And so is your dog 🙂 This sounds like so much fun to learn how to do.

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  24. Don’t enter me into the draw (not eligible) but I wanted to say that my mother bought me a book called “Knit Your Own Dog” because she wanted me to knit her a westie. I’ve nearly finished crocheting her one instead.

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