Needle Felting Basics…

Some of you may be curious as to how I make my needle felted products in the shop.
I have put together a very basic guide to getting started for those of you that may want to give it a try or just as a little insight.
The basic materials you will need include:
Felting needles – These needles are made from hardened steel and have little barbs on them that tangle up the wool fibres as you poke your wool to felt it together.

Foam pad – This is a work surface that will absorb needle stabs an stop your needle from breaking (and stop you from stabbing yourself).

Wool roving/top – Available in many colours and qualities. Wool fleece that has been washed and carded (brushed). You can dye your own as well as buying it pre dyed. Dying instructions here.
All are available at crafting store such as Spotlight

Technique:
You are essentially trying to bond the loose wool fibres together to make a solid felted shape by poking/stabbing it repeatedly with the felting needle. You can create different shapes by wrapping the wool roving into balls, cylinders and cones and then working it with the needle.
The more you needle the wool, the more compact and firm the wool shape will be.

Here is a small example of how i have used a few shapes to create a little sausage dog…

Please feel free to leave questions in the comments and I will try to cover them in another more detailed tutorial…

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10 Comments

  • This is great. I have been researching on and off the best way to dread wool roving. It will be my first felting project which i plan on using as hair extentions. I shall be picking up a small felting needle and a foam block now!! YAY…

    Xo Steph

  • Chantal says:

    Thanks for sharing this.I've often wondered how it's done. The dog is adorable!

  • Jodie says:

    You're very clever – I have always imagined that felting was so difficult, you make it look so easy. I'm not yet convinced!!! A great post Cintia 🙂

  • Claire says:

    how did you do the head? you left that bit out.

  • madeleine says:

    Hi there,
    I was just wondering how was your experience using the Nova Natural needle holders? I checked the site out after reading your post since I am looking for a needle holder (I am a newbie when it comes to needle felting) and wanted to know if your fingers got sore at all using the holder since it looks like its made out of wood? I have also wondered if the plastic holders are easier to use? I thought the needle holders on the Nova Natural site were great since there were kids size ones (I’ve got hands that are the size of preschoolers lol). Any insight would be great!

  • Sorry to say but the wool at Spotlight is absolutely aweful. I am a bit of a wool expert after being in the wool business for over 30 years. Their wool has not been treated properly. It on the most part will not wet felt, and is much harder to needle felt than other more reputable wools on the market. Don’t have a bad experience, go elsewhere!!

    • I do agree that their needle felting supplies leave much to be desired. It’s probably the most accessible place for most beginners to access needles although not all stores have them in stock. I’ll check out your website.

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