Making Natural Felt Animals

Rotraud Reinhard; Translated by Anna Cardwell

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  • Beautiful book offering easy-to-understand instructions
  • Contains a wide variety of patterns including lazy cats, jumping squirrels, tiny mice and majestic deer
  • Instructions include several stances and sizes, and individual fur markings

From lazy cats to jumping squirrels, this richly illustrated book offers step-by-step instructions to create more than twenty-five different animals, in different stances and sizes, using the author’s unique 'building-up' felt craft method.

229 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Crafts & Activities
600 colour illustrations
172 pages
Publication date:
19 Jan 2017


Bring animals from the farm, countryside and wood to life with the magic of feltcraft.

Wool is a wonderfully natural and tactile material for crafting. This beautifully presented book guides readers through the creation of their own three-dimensional felt creatures from raw wool batting, using Rotraud Reinhard's unique 'building-up' method.

From lazy cats to jumping squirrels, tiny mice to majestic deer, this richly illustrated book offers step-by-step instructions for more than 25 different animals, many of which can be made in several stances and sizes to fit different nature scenes. The book also provides options for designing individual fur markings and details.

As individual animals or in a seasonal tableau, these natural-looking animals will enrich any home or classroom.


'If you work in schools or run courses for children, then I am sure they will be delighted to make these creatures. Some children might even make animals from a favourite story or book, and it will encourage them to look at the natural world. Rotraud's book is an easy to understand, inspiring and imaginative glimpse into another aspect of feltmaking. For me, as a designer feltmaker, I shall certainly be using this book for ideas when making gifts.'
-- Maz Parkinson, Felt Matters

'In my spare time, I am building up a collection of felt animals for both puppet shows, and for my grandchildren to play with. I have successfully made quite a few from the author's previous book, A Felt Farm. This easy-to-follow, beautifully illustrated book comes just in time to add the woodland animals. I love the way she has imaginatively photographed the animals in nature.'
-- Kindling


Rotraud Reinhard was born in Germany in 1961. She started felting in 1989 and developed the technique that makes three-dimensional felting possible. She runs felting courses in her own workshop and gives lessons in schools and kindergartens. She is the author of several books on felting. She lives in the medieval castle village of Maienfels with her family, dog and cat. She is the author of A Felt Farm (Floris Books).

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