this japanese craft book brings a new and adorable idea to the world of needle felted goodness.
this book represents a trip around the world, including small needle-felted items representing 14 countries.
it includes small animals, food, motifs, decorations, holiday and other miniature scenes, and mini flags.
a girl, wooden shoes, and windmill scene from holland: playful pandas from china; mama and baby koala and mama and baby kangaroo from australia; sheep from new zealand; matryoshka dolls from russia; mini donuts, hamburgers and coffee cups charms from the u.s.; a monkey with maracas and cactus from mexico; an elephant from india; tropical fish mobile from palau; a rabbit gondolier from italy; santa claus and bag of toys from finland, and a little house scene; bears and trees from canada; teddy bears and a castle from germany; bagette and eiffel tower charms from france; scottie dogs and bobbies and bus charms from the u.k.
all written directions are in japanese, but the excellent and detailed step by step photo instructions, and diagrams for each project that shows the shape and size of each part mean that if you are familiar with the basics of needle felting (which you probably could pick up in a couple hours with online directions) you should be able to do most of these projects.
a few techniques that are included are felting around a foam base (for the small vignettes with buildings); adding eyes (plastic, not felted) to teddy bears, and sewing a cord to make the small felted items into charms. the animals and characters are made with solid forms, and don't require any wire armature.