This easy-to-follow activity book is packed with over 70 projects across a variety of fiber arts including knitting, felting, knotting and braiding, spinning, weaving, crocheting, and dyeing. Kids will learn to felt a bag, braid a rug, weave a tapestry, knit comfy slippers, crochet a belt, make and use natural dyes, and make dozens of other projects. Along the way they'll learn about Viking ships' woolen sails, the history of rope bridges, Japan's yearly Straw Festival, the invention of the spinning machine, and much more.
This collection of fiber arts projects introduces the basics of weaving, knitting, sewing, crochet, and other techniques, while providing an approachable history of these cloth-based crafts. The projects can be as simple as wrapping wool fiber around soap to create a "natural scrubber" and as involved as knitting a pair of slippers, perhaps using yarn dyed at home using spices, beet powder, or drink mixes. Augmented by b&w line illustrations, Carlson's warm, straightforward writing clearly describes each project, along with supplemental historical details ("People began weaving thousands of years ago, using twigs as a loom"). Readers interested in exploring fiber crafts should find this to be an accessible entry point, with a broad range of methods to try. Ages 9 12.