Learning to Needle Felt

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 in Blog, Crafts | 1 comment

Learning to Needle Felt

Felt is created when wool fibers are matted together and condensed to create cloth. Needle felting is just what it sounds like: you use a special needle to make felt. I realize that that alone sounds less than exciting. Here’s the fun part: you can create almost any soft, fuzzy, and colorful shapes with just a few supplies and steps. The possibilities seem endless. I started out making felted animals with the help of Wool Pets, a great book by Laurie Sharp. I’m excited to give these as gifts to my friends and family. Since wool is soft, natural, and non-toxic (unless, of course, you are allergic) felted gifts can be given to young children. I’d love to make a whole set of farm animals. For now, I started with a pig!

Felted Pig

In addition to my beginning experimentation with felted animals, I’ve started to make felt jewelry. Making these rings was fun and easy (and I only drew blood once or twice). The idea originally came from Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit but I adapted the design to suit my own style. I’d also like to branch out and explore the idea of making other types of jewelry like necklaces, earrings, or bracelets using needle felting techniques.

Felted Rings

Getting Started
If you are interested in trying needle felting, you need very few supplies to get started. These include a foam block, a 38 gauge felting needle, and some wool roving. These can usually be purchased at your local yarn store, which I recommend. If you’re unable to find them there, you can purchase them online using these links:
Foam Pad for Needle Felting

Wistyria Editions Wool Roving
Size 38 Felting Needles

Finally, here’s a video that may be helpful in explaining the basics of needle felting:

One Comment

  1. Adorable piglet!!! I’ve never seen this before, although I did spend an entire summer surrounded by felt. Wish I’da known! Very cool.

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