Needle Felting Supplies

Needle Felting Supplies Overview

Needle felting is a craft that involves repeatedly stabbing a needle into a piece of wool in order to stiffen and shape it into the desired design. It’s a popular method for creating all kinds of figures but especially small animals as the texture and fibres of the felt resemble an animal’s fur. Other popular items that felters enjoy creating include foods, plants, and characters for popular pop culture shows or movies.

In order to needle felt, a special type of needle is used to manipulate the fibers by repeatedly poking into the ball of wool. The tip of the needle features small barbed notches that allow the fibers of the wool to be moved towards the center of the shape without being pulled back out when the needle is pulled out. The more this is done, the more rigid your shape will become. This level of rigidness can be customised to offer different effects, a loosely felted creation will have a softer, less formed appearance whereas a very firm figure can offer a base for adding looser layers over the top. Some needle felting artists even create realistic-looking felt portraits of pets and animals!

How to start needle felting

To begin needle felting you will need a few specialised items. The first is the needle. Felting needles are available in multiple different sizes - from single needles used for very detailed work to sets of multiples for broader work across large surfaces. The needles are very fragile so make sure you store them somewhere safe when not in use.

You will also need some wool. You can purchase needle felting kits that include a reference image and the colours of felt you will need but you can also buy packs of felting wool in single colours to create your own masterpieces from scratch.

Finally, you will want to pick up a needle felting matt. These mats are special devices you use which allow the needles to pass through the wool without damaging your hands, surfaces, or the needle itself. You can also use a thick sponge if you like.

If you’re looking for the perfect place to begin with your needle felting journey, why not pick up a needle felting kit? They come with everything you need to make your chosen design and are the perfect way to give a new hobby a try without needing to buy loads of supplies from the get-go!

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