Ruth Lane has been a member of the Felting Forum for four-and-a-half years and a moderator for three years. A longtime supporter of fine crafts, Ruth co-owns a fine craft gallery, The Purple Pomegranate, which represents more than 180 American artists whose work includes jewelry, ceramics, metal work, mixed media, woodworking, glass art, fiber art, prints, and paintings. Ruth has taught numerous aspects of felt making, including basic wet felting, nuno felting, making 3D felt objects using a resist, the use of a power sander in felting, and dyeing of wool and other fibers for use in felting.
"The wide parameters of the colorful world of felting will come as
a surprise to all but the most experienced felters, who, along with
those of novice status, are the audience expert crafter Lane
addresses in the large-format, comprehensive guide. Lane offers
this basic definition of felting: wool fibers are matted into
fabric that historically was used as effective protection against
the elements but has become a popular craft for perhaps less
utilitarian but certainly increased aesthetic purposes. A
presentation of fundamental practices leads the reader to confront
and absorb lesson on advanced techniques, with directions by Lane
expressed in patient prose and the ample illustrations assisting
the text well. The greatly informative chapter "All about Wool"
discusses such topics as grading wool and the various "breeds" of
wool (which depend on the breeds of sheep from which they are
derived). Washing the wool, carding, and dyeing round out the
book's introductory portion, at which point the author imparts
detailed information on three types of felting: traditional wet
felting, Nuno felting, and needle felting, with techniques and
sample projects given careful elucidation. A concluding gallery of
greatly creative felted works by an array of artists adds final
inspiration. For more encyclopedic treatments of various crafts,
see the adjacent Read-alikes column."
-- Booklist, December 15, 2012