This book was sent to me for my review from Tuttle Publishing. All opinions are all me.
I've been wanting to try needle felting for more years than I'd like to admit. I even have everything I need for a small project waiting in my sewing room. It's been collecting dust for way too long, and some of the cute options in It's a Small World Felted Friends by Sachiko Susa makes me wish I'd got on that sooner.
The book starts out with lots of colorful photos of the projects available. Each one represents a different country or part of the world. One of my favorites is the sweet mama and baby Australian koalas.
The photos precede a page titled "Before Starting Your Wool Felting Journey," which I thought was kind of odd, but I guess I get it. You need to be inspired by what's possible before you give a care about how it's done, right?
On a side note, I thought the little flag with "hello" in each country's native language was cute.
There are several countries represented here, but I was surprised there was nothing from Japan, given that seems to be the author's home country. There was a project from Palau, and I should probably be a little ashamed that I had to look up where that is. It was represented by another favorite though, this fish mobile.
I do have one beef with this book, so to speak. Can I just state for the record that the United States has more to offer than coffee, doughnuts and burgers? Well, that's what represents us in this book. I wouldn't mind that so much if it weren't for the fact that the description of the project starts with "Fast food is synonymous with American cuisine." Um, just no. There are so many better options they could have gone with here. Oh well.
While this is not a beginner's book, I did appreciate this description of the types of felt needed.
For some reason a few projects got color photo instructions. Those were nice to see.
The rest were covered by detailed drawings. Because of the crafting method used here, I would have preferred color for all of them.
As I mentioned, this book doesn't seem to be intended for beginners, but not every book should be. We all need something to aspire to after we've had some practice at a craft.
Maybe if I get started learning, I'll be there in time to make this jolly guy!