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• Thursday, February 05th, 2015

Or, “How I spent half an hour last night.”

With all the wool that Willow works with (okay, unintentional alliteration there), I decided I wanted to know what needle felting was like.  It seemed like a Willow-y kind of project.  I ordered a couple of wool sweaters and decided to go for it.

Discovery one:  You can’t get the needles and blocks from our local Joann.  *cue sad music*

So… I went to Amazon.com and scouted kits.  I really liked these two:

Basic Kit
Fox Kit

Discovery two:  Murphy’s Law applies to crafts too.  Of course, it’s out of stock.

The good news, however, is that I really didn’t want to make a 3-D object first time around.

So, I hopped on over to Hobby Lobby to buy something else one day and while I was there, I bought a kit that you can actually get on Amazon too.  But hey.  It worked.  Life is good.  I also bought some flat wool felt to practice on.  I thought it made sense.  Why ruin my sweaters with practice?  Note:  the kit from Amazon shown in the picture has something I WANT (and will probably order if I still want to do this later–FINGER PROTECTORS!!!)

Now to do this little project, I decided I would be “Willow-y” and get a glimpse of how someone does it and “do my own thing.”  Learn as I go.  Try not to impale my fingers with barbed needles.  YOUCH!  *Spoiler alert*  I didn’t.  Yet.

So…  let me needle you a bit…

Ingredients:

Needle Felting Kit
Felt
Roving  (These I bought for 1.50 each (pkg) from the Daiso store in SoCal.  Love those stores.
Big idea.  (Free)

Here goes…

Supplies.  Roving, felt, block, needles.  that's it.  Don't even need scissors!

Supplies. Roving, felt, block, needles. that’s it. Don’t even need scissors!

Those needles are SHARP

Those needles are SHARP

Unrolled felt.  It didn't want to stay flat, so I just rolled it the opposite way, smooshed, and voila!  (I'd almost say "wa-la" to annoy Ashley, but it makes my eyes bleed)

Unrolled felt. It didn’t want to stay flat, so I just rolled it the opposite way, smooshed, and voila! (I’d almost say “wa-la” to annoy Ashley, but it makes my eyes bleed)

nf4

Just tore a tiny piece off of it.  Just a smidginess.

Just tore a tiny piece off of it. Just a smidginess.

Then I started "twistin'"  (and yes, I was singing this song... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSoPeZMHMf4  It was 2 a.m.... it worked!

Then I started “twistin'” (and yes, I was singing this song… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSoPeZMHMf4 It was 2 a.m…. it worked!

Goodness I have big hands in this pic! Anywho... that's how I got started.  Stuck that thing in there and then stuck it again--like 40 times or so.  Onto the next centimeter.

Goodness I have big hands in this pic! Anywho… that’s how I got started. Stuck that thing in there and then stuck it again–like 40 times or so. Onto the next centimeter.

It's coming along... I would choose something um...detailed for the background.

It’s coming along… I would choose something um…detailed for the background.

Splicing was easier than I expected.  Just flatten the piece you have a bit, flatten a new one, roll and pull a bit as you do.  Twist.  Done.  WOOT!

Splicing was easier than I expected. Just flatten the piece you have a bit, flatten a new one, roll and pull a bit as you do. Twist. Done. WOOT!

This is what it looks like on the back.  If this was thinner felt (it is THICK--like 2-3 thicknesses of what you get in cheap craft felt), I think the pattern might show up well on the back.

This is what it looks like on the back. If this was thinner felt (it is THICK–like 2-3 thicknesses of what you get in cheap craft felt), I think the pattern might show up well on the back.

close up with needle for effect.

close up with needle for effect.

That’s it.  That’s what I got done in 30 minutes of needle felting.  Stay tuned for part two!

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7 Responses
  1. patty-anne Lea says:

    One hint > When you have finished using the needles, Wipe or dip them in alcohol to sterilize. This protects you when you poke yourself.

    Remember that fleece comes from a farm,and as such, make sure your tetanus shots are up to date. ( you should anyway).

    I love needle felting. I do 3D animals and also pictures on felt.
    I have uses it to embellish a sweater.

    Good to you for getting into the fibre field. The needles can be bought on ebay You will need from course to fine needles

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1set-Needle-Felting-Starter-Kit-Wool-Felt-Tools-Mat-Needle-Accessories-Craft-/111335786875?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19ec21497b

    Almost any spinner can supply died wool. I use a lot of natural dyes.

    Put 3 or 4 outside onion skins in a pint of water, add 1 tsp vinegar drop in fleece.. or a piece of white cloth. Be adventuresome and tie fold in the hippy manner. let it simmer 20 min. pour our and rinse. You will love the pattern.

  2. says:

    I found a quilt I love that they needle felted together. I really want to try it, but I have a sinking suspicion I’ll pull out the machine and do it the “old fashioned” way. SEW THAT SUCKER.

    I’m looking forward to trying that fox if the kit ever comes back into stock. I found some animals I LOVE.

  3. Fnh says:

    I love needle felting lady! I am on my 4th little birdie. Made a traveling white mouse for Anne. I hope I can find good sources for inexpensive roving.

  4. says:

    Faith, those little packages I had there were 1.50 each. If that is something you consider inexpensive, let me know. I’ll have Morgann get you some. :)

  5. says:

    And I love the little birdie you made me. She sits on the “typewriter” on my inspiration shelf. :)

  6. Elizabeth Holt says:

    Good job ~ Willow would be proud of you! Fiber is fun to work with, and I love that song! I do have a question I wish I could ask Mr. Cooke: What are chicken slacks? :)

  7. Kathy says:

    Good for you, trying something new. I can imagine how you need something to occupy all your spare time, too :-)

    I’ve not seen a quilt that someone hand felted but I had that same idea a few years ago. I started needle felting 10″ squares and the plan is to put them all together into a wall hanging when I have enough done. So far, I have 2 1/2 squares so I’m thinking maybe by the time I’m 72 yrs old I’ll be able to assemble them ;)

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