Needle Felting Gives Us All the Feels: Easy Tips and Tricks for Beginners

Needle felting is an art that sounds a lot harder than it really is and gives very good results. With just a few basic tools and a simple study guide, you'll be on your way to creating surprisingly adorable animals or any other creation you can imagine. In short, it's about turning wool into a three-dimensional object with a sharp needle.

 What materials to use for felting?

· Wool

Needles felting are usually made from wool known as roving but you can also use wool in different forms such as fleece.  

· Needles

The needle you will use for the felting is not a stuffing needle or a sewing needle. Felting needle has barbed and sharp blades for mixing wool fibers.

· Felting Surface

You will need a special felt surface to avoid tingling fingers, feet or other parts of the body. Foam sponges and pads are suitable for needle felting.

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What type of wool to buy for felting?

Thousands of different types of wool are on the market. You can find not only fibers of different breeds of sheep but also alpacas, goats,  llamas and more. Here are all kinds of fiber processing methods. Here are the most common ways you can find:

· Raw Fleece

· Scoured Fleece  

· Batting.

· Roving

· Combed Top

Another factor to consider when choosing wool for felt is the length and texture of the fiber. Long, silky strands can be pleasant to the touch, but because of their slippery texture and length, they are hard to feel. Similarly, thick and short fibers create problems because there is little to grab in the felt.

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How to use felting needles?

The technique of needle felting depends on what you do. Here are some simple steps

· Prepare your wool

If you use roaming, you can rip the piece. You should not cut it; roving is quite easy to separate.

· Roll the roving  

Roll the roving and be sure to put the ends if you can.

· Poke the ball

Start by placing the ball on the felt surface. Then use a needle to push the balloon, each time to a depth of ¼ inch. Push up and down so that the needle can easily enter and exit the felt.

· Continue until the wool felts

Keep pushing the ball till fibers start to connect, and you will see that the felt is formed. The ball will shrink a little.

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How to use different colors for felting?

Dying your own wool is a good way as most of the wool is very rich in color and therefore very bright. Take inspirations from nature as you cannot see these saturated colors in your trees, landscapes, rocks and a lot of green.

If you have ever worked on one of your weaving projects, you already know this process, except that you probably used a washing machine with very hot water to combine the fibers. Needle felting actually mimics this process, but instead of shaking the coat with warm water, you make it a very sharp needle.

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