Nimble fingers can learn how to felt, spin, weave, knit, and crochet a wide variety of wearable and useful objects.
Carlson, an author of many craft titles for children, has organized this how-to by type of material and provides step-by-step directions that are accompanied by line drawings. She provides some background information, a list of required materials, and specific steps to create the projects. Starting with felting and moving on to knotting and braiding, spinning, weaving, knitting, and crocheting, Carlson also includes pages on dying, recycling, and community activities. The materials that are required can be home-fashioned, such as using chopsticks to make knitting needles, as an alternative to purchasing them ready-made. She is careful to note when adult supervision is necessary, as in dying projects, and concludes with a note to adults about the many benefits of fabric and yarn crafts. From slippers to tote bags and from friendship bracelets to comfort dolls, there is something for almost anyone wanting to learn how to create from these very tactile sources.
Tear up your T-shirts, unravel old sweaters, warm up your fingers, and create some handcrafted fun for yourself, for friends, and for those in need of small comforts. (note to adults) (Nonfiction. 8-12)