I am a big fan of crafts, and I am always looking around to find new things to create, to make. So I just had to try out this book when I saw it up on Netgalley.
Haha, yep, I definitely agree with the Introduction. Fiber for Kids doesn’t sound like a book about crafts, it indeed sounds more like a book about cereal. 😛
There are 6 chapters (Sew, Embroider, Felt, Knit, Crotchet, Weave) in total, and while you can just skip ahead to other chapters, I wouldn’t recommend that unless you know basic sewing. Since several chapters do feature needlework. But if you can sew, know your basics, go ahead and just skip ahead and pick the chapter of your liking.
I didn’t really read all the how-to-stuff, since I already know how knit/sew/etc.
As for the felting part? Eh, I will just keep on using synthetic even if it might not work right. I am allergic to wool. 😐 And I feel that they could have at least made a mention that if people truly can’t handle wool they should just go for synthetic/natural.
I quite liked that they also added: Did you know? It gave more insight in the specific craft you did, showing how old it was, or giving some facts about it through the ages. It was quite interesting to read.
One thing I didn’t like is how wonky the crafted items were. For instance the bean bags at the beginning? I can imagine you may want to show the first results of what kids do, but you may want to add some pictures of how it is supposed to look professionally (sorry, I am still searching for the right word). Now at times you can’t really see the stitches correctly, and that is a shame.
Another thing was that this book uses inches… which is nice, but I live in country that uses Metric (just like almost all of the world). It would have been nice if they added centimetres as well, as I or whoever wants to do these things from the book has to calculate/check google to see how x inches is x centimetres. 🙁
But in overall this was a good book, I quite enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely be trying out some of the projects and see how they turn out.