Posted by: viltalakim on Oct 22, 2010
Today I felt like sharing the needle felt technique as I love to do so during autumn. So here we start. Needle felting is different from wet felting. With wetfelting you use water and soap, with needle felting not. It is sometimes also called dry felting. This is everything you need:
- some wool fleece , (if you have roving it will be taking longer to get such a nice and even result. but it is usable too )
- feltingneedle (this needle has barbs , which get a fiber down and another one up)
- a sponge or styrpohor
- glue, can also be a hotglue machine
Divide your woolfleece into long pieces of approximately 10 cm (3.9 inch) or longer or lesser if you want thicker or thinner balls.
I made them like this
Start rolling it up from one side to the other. It makes it easier if you do this on a table as you should try to get it as tight as possible, saves you time later:)
This is how it looked like when I finished rolling
Now place this fluffy ball of wool on the sponge and get your feltingneedle. I mostly use two: one to stab into the wool and one which holds the wool on the sponge. I can also hold it with my fingers but it is quite painfull when you stab into your fingers. So the second needle prevents me from doing so as my fingers are higher:) You can also use a little stick or fork for this.
I stab it from all sides, I mostly start at the side my wool ended. Stabbing from the tops makes it get more round instead of longwise.
You are ready when your ball feels hard and no woolfibres come out anymore. Now it is time to search for a nice acorn cap which would fit perfectly.
When you have a cap; fill it with glue, make sure to add enough at the sides and stick your ball to the cap.
You are now finished, start making a new one or find a nice place to present it. Enjoy!!!
Enjoy trying this out!!
If you have any questions please contact me!!
PS1 , I have enoug of this wool and will upload it to my supply shop: www.feltalakim.etsy.com if you want some:)