Natural World of Needle Felting Craft Book Review
If you haven't tried needle felting then you really should. It's fun, fairly inexpensive and pretty easy. It does take some practice to get your creations to look the way you want but even if you make funky looking animals they are still pretty cute. One book that can help in your needle felting endevours is The Natural World of Needle Felting by Fi Oberon.
Fi Oberon has been needle felting for many years and is adept at making a variety of animals and even their environments.
This book contains a variety of projects from fairly simple to more complex requiring color blending. And even if you don't want to make exactly what she has in the book you can use the techniques to make anything you want.
There were a couple animals I wanted to try which included this awesome owl but I didn't want to get ahead of myself. There are step by step instructions and trips for each project but even with all that I was intimidated by the owl.
So I opted for the snail.
Obviously her snail is way better than mine (which you can see in the upper right hand corner) but it turned out pretty cute anyway. My husband likes snails so I made it for him.
I followed all the instructions but didn't have some of the colors (like the yellow) so I made due as best I could. I'm not going to win any prizes for best needle felted snail but it was a fun little project and my husband seems to like it.
The Natural World of Needle Felting is a good book if you have a bit of experience under your belt or really have your heart set on making felted animals. There are other books that may be better for an absolute beginner but this one offers a lot to aspire too. An added bonus of this book are the options for trees and other landscape items to make an entire diorama.
As a side note, I previously reviewed Adorable Felted Animals which requires about the same skill level but the animals are smaller. Have a look if you want to see what else is out there in terms of animal needle felting books.
So in the end, needle felting takes some practice but this book has a lot to offer in the way of technique and inspiration. Don't be discouraged if your first animal doesn't look exactly like the photo. Just keep trying and you will make something great.