Book Review: Felties by Nellie Pailloux

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Ancient wisdom advises not to judge a book by its cover, but in the case of Felties by Nelly Pailloux, the sheer adorableness you see on the cover is very much indicative of what’s inside. Squares of felt always invoke images of grade school art class for me, and Pailloux has a way of taking this classic to the next level while still maintaining simplicity and approachability. She clearly has a knack for creating designs that tug at your heartstrings and are all the while modern and stylized.
There are 18 “cute and fuzzy friends” total, each with a personality and charm all its own. The introduction to the book teaches any stitches you’ll need in the book, with helpful illustrations. The first page of each project has the template pieces drawn out, and you trace and cut them out to make your pattern. The instructions are clear and simple, with room for personalization. One of my favorite patterns has the be the Polar-roo, pictured on the cover, complete with pouch and baby polar bear. Other favorites include Sleepy Fox, Pensive Rabbit, Sailor Puppy, Mummy Cat, Retro Alien, Pirate Mouse, Mushroom Girl, and of course Hoodie Wolf:

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