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Copy Edit: The Art of Needle Felting and Plush

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Title: The Art of Needle Felting and Plush

Editor: Mark Brenchley

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·      Titles in bold, centred

·      Single space after full stop and colon

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·      Dates: Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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·      No capitalisation for nouns (needle felting, moisture felting)

·      Spelling: -ise, -our, -bre 

·      No full stops in acronyms (BC)

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The Art of Needle Felting and Plush

Thomas McNabney

Felting is an ancient method of processing wool into a finished cloth.   As early as 5000 B.C,. wool sheered from herds[MB1]  of sheep, alpacas and llamas wasare used as material in making hats, mittens, boots, blankets, coats and other thick garments. The method of felting basically involves shrinking and bonding wool fibres together causing the microscopic scales on wool fibres to interlock and tighten together, and forming dense cloth with a soft texture[MB2] .   Heat, agitation and moisture is used in felting. 

 [MB1]The use of 'herds' is unnecessary as wool is taken from the individual animal.

 [MB2]This sentence is rather complex for the introduction. Keep it broad as you will go into much mroe depth later on.manynd are still being used in mfor the introduction. Keep it broad as you will go into much more depth later on.

There are two common methods of felting, namely:  the Nneedle Ffelting and the Mmoisture Ffelting.   Both are traditionally popular and are still being used in mostmany arts and crafts projects nowadays.   However, Cchemical treatment and machine processing though ishas now been adopted in commercial felting, especially in the manufacturing of industrial­- grade[MB3]  felt, which is that are relatively more durable than what is produced by hand -felting. 

 [MB3]A hyphen should be used in an adjectival phrase before a noun.

Needle Ffelting involves the constant and continuous[MB4]  piercing, stabbing, roving and compressing of wool using special barbed felting needles until the wool fibres interlock with each other and the desired form is achieved.   This method is used in making toys, casings, accessories, decors, garments, and even spread of cloth for mats, rugs, mantels, and covers.

 [MB4]The word 'constant' implies the process is 'continuous'.

Moisture Ffelting involves soaking and kneading of wool fibres in water until they fibres shrink and mesh together, and transforming into a more durable and lasting[MB5]  cloth with enhanced texture.    Merino wool is generally considered one of the easiest wools to felt. After washing, the felted fibres are shaped and dried into blocks of felt.

 [MB5]'Durable' implies the material is 'lasting'.

Plush is an innovation from the materials made out of felting[MB6] .   Originally, plush consisted of mohair or worsted yarn, but now silk with cotton backing is already used for plush. Modern plush isare commonly manufactured from synthetic fibres such as polyester.

 [MB6]I would suggest a clearer sentence here. Is plush innovative for its use of felt material or processes?

Plush experts now can now turn acrylic fabric into ideal materials to make artificial fur.   With unique softness, smoothness and appearance, the artificial fur is the ultimate choice of fabric to make high- quality fur clothing.   This type of plush can also come with printing or jaguar[MB7]  patterns.   ByUsing special fibres and applying tumbling, napping or astora[MB8]  processes as well as using special fibre, the plush can be enhanced plush into fabrics with special[MB9]  unique texture and appearance.

 [MB7]If there are other types of patterns then this should ommited.

 [MB8]These sound like very specific processes our readers won't be aware of. Perhaps an umbrella term like 'certain processes' would be better here.

 [MB9]Avoid word repetition.

Felting and plush goes together very well together.   Felting traditionally produced plush by the use of felting needles can create fabric surfaces that suitables well for stuff toy making.   Rather thanHowever, creating toy structures through thatfelting is a tedious felting process., using plush fabric and stuffing makes toy making easier and faster.[MB10] 

 [MB10]You will explain this at the beginning of the next paragraph.

Modern plush fabrics now commercially available makes the process of stuffed toy making a lot faster and easier as it totally[MB11]  does not require any felting at all.   ThePlush material comes in various textures and designs that can benot only used not only in toy making but in also in garments and furnishing industries as well.   Plush materials are also now used in architectural designs like in wall and ceiling panels, and rugs and mattings.   Be itWhether through traditional methods or modern technology, the usetrace of felting and plush remain to flourish in all arts, crafts and industries that utilisinges special kinds of fabrics.

 [MB11]This is the second absolution in this sentence. The other is 'at all'. Using two is unnecessary.

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