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!
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 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)!