Hobbyists have no better resource than SLCL, especially when learning something new or needing renewed inspiration. Among my newest hobbies is needle felting and so I have used the library's collection for new ideas and to learn the fine points of the art.
AlterKnits Felt: Imaginative Projects for Knitting and Felting by Leigh Radford. This book is best for knitters who want to learn felting. But there are some good basics and the lay-out of this book is very clean and pleasing.
Knitting Never Felt Better: the Definitive Guide to Fabulous Felting by Nicky Epstein. The work that went into creating this book is amazing. Geared for knitters, the photos depict before shots of knitted samples and how each will look after being felted. The book gives patterns and instructions on how to wet felt the items in addition to many projects that used the finished felt.
Pursenality Plus: 20 New Felted Bags by Eva Wiechmann. Felt is a very sturdy textile, so using it to make purses is a good idea. This book has purses, eyeglass and phone cases that are cute. Knitting instructions and suppliers included.
Don't rule out material for kids when you're searching for books about your new craft. The instructions may be easier to understand than those given in books for adults. And you may get some inspiration for easy projects or cool color palettes.
If you want to see what SLCL has on a topic, just type in a significant word and search the catalog and databases. This is what I got when I typed in felting. As you can see, there's a good selection.
You also might want to use your new skills to represent nature. I'm making needle felted birds and flowers right now, so I checked out some books with nature photographs. SLCL has plenty of books with illustrations flora and fauna.
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