Needle Felting Basics
Every one of my award winning kits (of which there are currently 17) provides you with everything needed to start needle felting including detailed step by step instructions and dozens of colour photographs to guide you easily through the whole process. Even if you are an absolute beginner these kits are the perfect place to start.
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What you need before you start:
7 POINTS FOR SUCCESS
If you, like many of us, (and you know who you are…) like to skim through instructions then here are my seven golden rules – which you will find in every kit – for a successful project.
IMPORTANT: FOLLOW THESE 7 POINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL PROJECT
- Firm is key to successful 3D needle felting. Firm (not hard) but still springs back when squashed – especially legs and head
- Roll body parts quite tightly before beginning to felt – trust me, this will greatly reduce your felting time
- Needle felting is a short stabbing motion into your wool. Your needle should not disappear into the foam block and should hardly pierce the foam at all when 3D felting.
- Turn as you felt any 3D body part. This will give your structure its shape and prevent ‘dimples’ in your finished product.
- Start with less than you think you will need; You can add wool to make your shape bigger but you can’t take it away.
- When fully felted your 3D body part will be approximately 30% smaller than the shape you started with.
- Only move your needle straight up and down, not at an angle. If you bend your needle the tip will break off.
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How to: Taken from my kit instructions.
Don’t be frightened of getting it wrong…
“Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time to figure out whether you like it or not.” Virgil Thomson
Sound advice for those of you searching for confidence to try a new craft (whatever that craft may be…)
Really lovely day spent with Anna and the ladies at Blacksmith Shop Crafts. Lovely meeting you all and thank you Anna for the wonderful 3 course home cooked lunch you provided. There is no end to your talents and I am looking forward to the next workshop in March. There are some wonderful workshops running throughout the year so have a look at the website and see if there is anything you would like to try.
Fabulous day at Anna’s lovely studio in Foggathorpe near Selby…
followed by a wonderful 3 course home cooked lunch in the 200 year old Blacksmith’s kitchen
The wonderful hares made during the workshop.Well done everyone!