Making Felt Bags

Mandy Nash
Feltmaking is a popular and exciting contemporary medium, expanding in many new directions. This practical book focuses on the specific requirements for making felt bags. It explains the principles of using a resist to create 3D forms, and looks at shapes and styles of bags to suit all occasions. Clear instructions on feltmaking techniques for beginners are given. A guide to equipment and to choosing appropriate wool breeds and decoration for individual projects are given too. There is advice on design, choosing handles and fastenings, and the functionality and the form of a bag. There are detailed practical, step-by-step instructions for nine projects, covering both basic and advanced options, with easily adaptable elements. It is a fabulous guide to the various processes necessary to create a functional and unique felt bag.
Making Felt Bags by Mandy Nash

About the author

Mandy Nash is a professional textile and jewellery designer maker. Over the last twenty years she has combined felt work with her jewellery practice, creating both functional and non-functional work. She runs courses on feltmaking and has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. Mandy is a leading and active member of many craft groups, including the International Feltmakers Association.

Press Reviews

When you have been felting for a few years, it is tempting to think of yourself as an experienced feltmaker. Spending a couple of weeks with Mandy Nash at her annual felt school in Wales was an eye-opener for me. Her approach to feltmaking made me reassess my own practice, and think more about design and technique than I had before. Many of her students begged her to write a book on feltmaking ... “Making Felt Bags” is the result.

- Heather Potten

There is so much excellent, practical, tried-and-tested felting advice in this book, but I think Mandy's best is ' read the whole book before you start' - I certainly wish I had had the opportunity before I attempted my felted slippers

- Sally Firth, Journal of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers