January 18

Try This – Needle Felting

Posted by lori . 9 Comments

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Needle felting is the process of linking wool fibers using a barbed needle.  I decided to make coasters from one of the sweaters I wet felted.

To do needle felting, you need wool and/or wool roving, a felting needle and a backing surface, either a dense piece of foam or a needle felting mat.  A needle felting mat looks like a dense brush.

To start, I cut circles from one of my felted sweaters. 

I used this nifty tool…a circle rotary cutter.  I chose a thick felted sweater, which was probably not the best choice for trying out a new tool; but even with that, I thought this circle rotary cutter did a wonderful job.  Olfa has a great tutorial on their website that demonstrates how to use it.

To add the design to the wool coaster, cut off a piece of wool roving and placed it in the location where you want the shape/design.

Then poke, poke, poke, poke, poke, poke….with the needle.  I used a single needle.  There are also felting tools with multiple needles.  I will pick one of these up because it would be very handy for large areas.

Continue to poke, poke, poke, poke, poke, poke some more with the needle.  As the roving begins to attach to the wool base, you can start to form the shape.  You’ll be surprised how easy it is to form the shapes and sharpen the edges.

I really enjoyed needle felting.  I’ll continue to work on these and post a picture on a future “In My Studio.”

Daily Inspiration

 Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.

Voltaire

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9 Responses to " Try This – Needle Felting"

  • Declan says:

    Oooh that’s very clever. Have you considered going into Greyhound accessories?! Deccy x

  • Bassetmomma says:

    Those coasters look great! Another terrific idea!

  • houndstooth says:

    The coasters are such a great idea, and you make it look very easy! I really do hope you show us what they look like when you get done.

    And Bunny strongly seconds Deccy’s opinion!

  • Pip says:

    I have a needle felting kit. I made a little elephant and also have directions for a few other animals. It’s really fun.

  • Puddles says:

    Oh yay, you is makin’ coasters furs my beer when I comes to visit you! So wouldn’t wanna mess up your good furniture.
    They is so very purties even if they ain’t done.

    Puddles

  • mayziegal says:

    Wow! That’s pretty! Was it a lotta work? I don’t think my mom would have the patience. She’s a little antsy and, well, her attention span isn’t the greatest but we’re working on it.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    Mayzie

    • lori says:

      It’s not a terrible lot of work, and it is very relaxing poking that needle into the felt…unless you hit a finger, which I did once, OUCH!

  • Bailey says:

    This looks like it could be really fun! Well, not for me (’cause, uh, I have paws), but for my mommy. I’m gonna tell her about it. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing such great pics!

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  • mel says:

    love the image of the skylight you captured and attached to your Voltaire quote.


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