Monday, October 18, 2010

Book Review: Zombie Felties by Nicola Tedman

✰✰✰✰ A little bit creepy and way too cute, these zombies are just begging to be raised from the dead. This craft book includes an introduction to the craft, a section for projects, and an index. The "Starting Out" section explains everything you need to complete these projects from the tools to the stitches to beading techniques. There are even ideas for adding fun embellishments. Each project includes a supply list, full-size template, and step-by-step directions with corresponding illustrations. All templates are the correct size and do not need to be scaled up or down. Also, included is a coffin template to make a home for your new zombie pal.

The book includes great full-color photographs and illustrations throughout. My favorite zombies include Pirate Zombie, Zombie Fairy, Zombie Bride, Pumpkin Head, Zombie Undertaker, and Vampire Zombie. However, don't underestimate these itty bitty critters. They look deceptively simple to make, but as with any new craft it takes some practice. Luckily, each has a difficulty rating from one to four skulls, and I highly agree with the authors' recommendation to start with an easy project.

The Bottom Line:
Crafters can choose from 16 creepy, but adorable zombies and learn the ins-and-outs of a new craft trend. No machine sewing is required and novices and experienced crafters alike will enjoy learning something new. The projects are clever and tiny; however, the small size might add to the difficulty of assembling these cuties. Recommended for everyone who is looking for a cute way to get into the Halloween spirit. Also, this book makes a nice addition to libraries as it fills a unique niche.

Zombie Felties: How to raise 16 gruesome felt creatures from the undead by Nicola Tedman & Sarah Skeate. Paperback published by Ivy Press in 2010. 80 p. ISBN: 978-0-7407-9764-4

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