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Hi, My name is Ruth Lane and I live in the beautiful, northwest corner of Montana. When I discovered fiber art, I finally found my creative outlet. The versatility of fiber allows me to “play” with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. As I continue my journey, I am having fun exploring different combinations of fiber and various techniques to create one of a kind fiber art pieces. I am inspired by the beauty of the natural world, be it an “ordinary” piece of grass, a tiny bit of lichen or the gorgeous Montana landscapes. When you look at my work, I want you to be drawn into the layers and details of the rich, textural surface and to “feel” the joy of its creation.

I am the author of the book, The Complete Photo Guide to Felting.

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“The wide parameters of the colorful world of felting will come as a surprise to all but the most experienced felters, who, along with those of novice status, are the audience expert crafter Lane addresses in the large-format, comprehensive guide. Lane offers this basic definition of felting: wool fibers are matted into fabric that historically was used as effective protection against the elements but has become a popular craft for perhaps less utilitarian but certainly increased aesthetic purposes. A presentation of fundamental practices leads the reader to confront and absorb lesson on advanced techniques, with directions by Lane expressed in patient prose and the ample illustrations assisting the text well. The greatly informative chapter “All about Wool” discusses such topics as grading wool and the various “breeds” of wool (which depend on the breeds of sheep from which they are derived). Washing the wool, carding, and dyeing round out the book’s introductory portion, at which point the author imparts detailed information on three types of felting: traditional wet felting, Nuno felting, and needle felting, with techniques and sample projects given careful elucidation. A concluding gallery of greatly creative felted works by an array of artists adds final inspiration. For more encyclopedic treatments of various crafts, see the adjacent Read-alikes column.” Brad Hooper

— Booklist, December 15, 2012