What is Needle Felting?

Once you learn some basic techniques, the process of needle felting is very easy. You are just poking at fibers to get them to tangle up and create a solid mass. To get started you basically need just 3 things; Wool, needles, and a cushion or foam pad to work on.

Getting Started:

Felting Needles; Felting needles have little barbs on the end that help tangle the fibers. They come in many different sizes; the higher the number the smaller the gauge. Depending on what you are trying to do will decide which needle size is most appropriate to use.As you poke your needle into the fiber and pull it out, the barbs grab on to the fiber. The fibers become intertwined and this is the process of creating felt.

Fibers: Different fibers will give you different results. The most common fiber to use for felting is wool. Other fibers can be used but should be tested for their durability in the felting process. The easiest preparation of wool of wool to use for flat or 2-D felting are carded batts. These batts are generally shorter fibers and allow you to use small bits of wool at a time. This makes it really nice for blending fibers. Rovings are another type of fiber preparation that involves coming the fibers into a straight line. They are generally longer fibers and do not work as well with this type of felting, although they do have certain applications.

Work Sufrace: The best type of work suface that I have found for my two-dimensional work is a dense foam pad. The foam should be stiff but not too hard. This surface provides you a place to allow the needle to go in and out of while poking the fibers. Care has to be taken to not felt the fibers into the foam. This can happen if you don’t periodically lift your work off the surface during felting.

There you have it! Decide on your pattern, lay down your fibers and start poking with the needle. It really is an easy and forgiving craft!

If you want to learn more, grab my FREE 5 Easy Steps to Creating a Wool Painting and start creating your own Amazing Wool Art!

Happy Creating!

Anita

Simple Gifts

The other day I wrote about making a felted journal cover. I have started mine and pictures soon to follow. If you are not into making that big of a project, making bookmarks maybe the way to go. They also use little bits of fiber and you can use scraps of just about anything for embellishments! These bookmarks were made from one piece of felt made using the wet felting method. You can find the tutorial here: https://feltingsupplies.livingfelt.com/Wet-Felting-Bookmarks-Kit_p_571.html

needlefelted bookmark

If you would rather needle felt your bookmark, they can be made individually. More time could be taken to put in a particular design. Again they do not require much fiber and you have great opportunities to use up small bits of fibers! Here is you tube tutorial on this process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXjtx6APvEI

Fiber Art Cuffsanother great simple gift idea. Process is similar to making the bookmarks.

http://kathykinsella.blogspot.com/2012/11/felted-fibre-art-cuffs.html

Aren’t these sheep adorable. The background can be made as one whole piece. The sheep are needlefelted and spaced far enough apart to make sure there is one on each bookmark. Cut apart and stitch around on your sewing machine. How Cute!!!

I’m fully inspired now and off to my studio to finish my journal cover and make some bookmarks for last minute stocking stuffers!

Happy Creating!

Anita