As the knitting population grows, many enthusiasts are seeking ideas for taking their designs in new directions. Felting, the art of shrinking your knitting, is often the next step. Fabulous & Flirty Felt, is a fashion-forward book of felted projects that are bright, sassy, stylish, and fun. It includes basic knitting, crocheting, felting and yarn-dyeing techniques in addition to project patterns. Each project contains a basic pattern and incorporates unique variations. The bags use funky novelty yarn such as eyelash or ribbon yarn, while other projects feature knitted bobbles, crochet trim, knitted fringe, or eyelet holes with grosgrain ribbon trim. Specialty yarns including hemp and boucle are incorporated into the patterns, resulting in unique and fun handbags, accessories and home decor. All of the pattern projects contain detailed instructions that are easy to follow and accessible to new knitters and felters. Darlene Bruce is a research scientist by training, and a working artist. She founded her home-based fiber art business, Natural Violet, in 1998. She is a self taught knitter and dyer, and sells her work through her website, www.naturalviolet.com. She specializes in natural fiber handbags and home d?cor, teaches knitting and felting classes, and runs a monthly craft club where she teaches women how to knit, crochet, and dye yarn.