Turning Wool Fibers
A Division of
Dry Needle Felt Tools
The art of needle felting
requires very little tools. The ending project is determined by the hands
of the artist. It's so easy we teach children as young as seven here at
our studio. It is amazing what kids can sculpt with a needle, wool, and
the use of their little hands.
|Eight year old
Charlee dry needle sculpted an angle image of herself from wool
is easy and fun! Be careful... Once you have made a felt sculpture
it can become addicting!
Tools Needed for Dry Needle
Wool: Before anything
can made, you will need wool to felt. It is best to use sheep's wool as
your base. It is faster to felt and less expensive. Once the base is
formed and solid move onto the dyed wools and llama fibers to create your
project. Today, Sheep and Alpaca wool can be found on the internet for
sale and in some local fabric and yarn shops, and comes in many beautiful
needles have very sharp points with miniscule bars. The needle is poked or
pushed repeatedly through fiber and the barbs mix the fibers and lock them
in place forming a shape. Felting needles come in different sizes and are
great for working with detail. They are much longer, about 3" - 3.5" and
much sharper then a typical sewing needle. And unlike sewing needles that tend to dull as they are used, needle
felting needles sharpen with each stroke. Keep fingers away from the
needles as they are sharp and will draw blood. The needles should not be
"jammed" into the foam, but gentle repeated pokes should be used. If
jammed or not used right they will most likely break, not bend.
Foam Rubber: Always use
a piece of foam as the base when needle felting. It will protect your
table or work space and your needles. It should be thick enough to handle
the pressure and poking of a needle-felter. Today, with needle felting
becoming a popular art, you can find foam rubber hat forms, sock
forms, and mitten forms for the professional needle felter.
|This needle felting
project, Little Red Ridding Hood and the Wolf, was made from
natural alpaca fibers and dyed wool fibers.