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Creative Wool

Making Woolen Crafts with Children

May 2011
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    1st May 2011
  • ISBN 9780863158001
  • Language English
  • Pages 80 pp.

This lively full-color illustrated craft book shows how to make a range of handicrafts from fleece and yarn, including toys, friendship bracelets and braids, balls, pompoms, dolls, dolls’ clothes and animals.

With clear diagrams and systematic instructions, the book starts by introducing children to basic methods of spinning yarn, crocheting, knitting and felting. There is a broad range of projects for children of all ages to complete, working together with adults.

“There’s a certain logic involved in creating a hand-crafted item. The different steps follow one another in and exact order, and thinking you can miss one is not an option. It’s not easy to go back and change a mistake you’ve made in your knitting—instead you have to undo it and start again. This means you must work with heightened concentration and follow closely as the work grows. A good end result depends on accuracy and perseverance throughout the process, from the very beginning to the finished item. That is why crafts are such a discipline. The visible results can provide inspiration and encouragement, making you feel more creative in other areas, too.” (from the introduction)

“I found it clear rather than intimidating and therefore an inspiration to introduce my children to activities I enjoyed as a child.”

— Laura Whalen, Juno, summer 2011

“This colorful and well-illustrated book introduces a variety of crafts that use wool and yarn. The book’s introduction is friendly and encouraging, and it contains some down-to-earth wisdom on the benefits of learning crafts, the satisfaction which they give and the importance of practicing the skills until a good result is achieved. The instructions are clearly laid out, easy to read and easy to follow. Illustrations are clear and helpful. The book is very enticing and the projects are not too ambitious for beginners.”

— Home Education Advisory Service Bulletin

C O N T E N T S:



Hand-twisted fleece
Making a spindle
Using a spindle
Spinning a two-ply yarn


Finger crochet


Figure-of-eight bracelet
Four-strand square knotting
Spiral braid
Five-loop finger braiding
French knitting


Pompom rabbit or chick or necklace
Felted ball
Knitted ball
Embroidered ball
Felted beads


Woolen doll
Knitted doll
Knitted pants and jumper (sweater)
Crocheted dress
Crocheted hat
Woven bag


Crocheted cat glove puppet
Crocheted mouse finger puppet
Felted animals
Felted masks

Karin Neuschütz

Karin Neuschütz, a native of Sweden, studied psychology, education, and sociology and has long been interested in crafts. She has written several instruction books for making dolls and toys.