I was in the midst of trying to convince my three year old that it was time to leave the toy box and catch a bus for home, when I spied an exquisite pair of felt booties on the cover of a book on the display shelf overhead. I'm a sucker for slippers, so I immediately dropped my conversation with Oliver (he had been doing his best to ignore me, hoping I'd go away), snapped up the book and started flipping through it.
I had yet to really 'get' welt felting. I'm a competent needle felter, no problem; but my welt felting was mediocre at best and I was at a loss. The projects in the book were all really cute, but that wasn't enough to get me to buy it; could the book help me become a better wet felter? that would be the key.
In short, yes, it definitely could. I went to the back of the book to the master felting instructions and found solid, detailed information and good demonstration photographs in a pleasing layout. Not only that, but different series of instructions cover making felt sheets, hollow 3D objects, felting over a core, and needle felting, all with the same degree of clarity and simplicity. The projects are cute and inspiring unto themselves, and good to practice with because they are small; but I would recommend this book as a reference for wet-felting no matter what one would like to be making.
Felting for Baby: 25 Warm and Woolly Projects for the Little Ones in Your Life,
by Saori Yamazaki
originally published in Japanese as Felt no komono, baby no komono