Turning Wool Fibers
A Division of
What is Needle Felting -
Also Known as the Dry Technique - Dry Needle Felting
Felt is a non-woven material
made up of fibers that are randomly tangled to each other so that they do
not unravel. Some man-made felt fabrics are bind together mixed with glue.
This type would be your typical felt fabric found at your local fabric
shop or craft store. However there are other natural felts that can be made using wet or dry methods. Wet felting is
where soap, water, and agitation cause llama or sheep wool to form into a
felt fabric. Moisture and agitation are all that is needed to turn wool
Dry felting is a much
different process. Instead of using moisture and agitation, barbed needles
are poked repeatedly into a pile of fibers, thereby entangling them until
a flat piece of needle felted material or three-dimensional sculptural
piece is achieved. It is an easy needle punch method that even little children
can do with supervision.
|Seven year old Morgan
shows the needle felting sculpture she made her mom for Christmas, a
Christmas poinsettia. See more finished
needle felting projects here.
felting needle which
has a very sharp pointed edge, when poked repeatedly, forces the fibers
down which mixes with other fibers causing it to create the felt into a
flat or sculpture piece of art depending on the artist shaping it. As the artist continues to do this she can add other colors to
form the artwork. No glue is needed as the pushing of the needle binds
everything together. One can even bind fibers with pretty yarns to create
things. The technique is the same for each project - simply repeatedly
pushing the needle up and down into the felt and wool fibers until they
"lock" in the position or shape you want. A
block of foam is used as a base
to protect your work space and needles.
|(left) - Roobi, an
Olympic hopeful ice-skater spends her free time sewing and tried her
hand at needle felting. It's amazing how she turned cream, black, and
brown wool fibers into the beautiful ice-skate ornament by the
technique of needle felting (right).
Try your hand at needle
felting, the dry technique, and see how easy it