Needle felting is the fastest growing fiber artwork today. A lot of men and women are discovering this excellent medium, working with wool fiber to make sculpture of all types animals, flowers, figures, to name a few. As soon as you have tried it, you will realize how satisfying it is. Getting started is easy. All you need is a felting needle, some wool fiber and a foam pad to use as your work surface. The foam pad acts to protect your lap or table from the sharp point of the needle and also works as a coating to help control the fiber adding pressure when rolling a new layer into position on a 3d form. Felting needles are available in all sizes. For needle felting those I recommend are the 36, 38 and 40 needles. Remember the higher the number, the finer the needle. The other facet of felting needles is their shape. Needles come in star and triangle shaped blades. Triangle blades are those used for much general work. You can do most needle felting projects with a 36 triangle needle.
They cover large areas quickly and work well in multi needle holders. Star shaped needles have four sides in the tip and are used for finer, detail work. If a fiber isn’t attaching nicely with a triangle suggestion, a star tip will do just fine. Ragtime Farm the celebrity needle functions for details such as veins on a leaf or eyelids on a face. The needle leaves less of a hole compared to the horn blades. One more thing to consider about needles is that just the tip does the job, so driving over the trick into the fiber won’t offer you any better outcome. I have observed students working too hard, punching the needle into a job, when a lighter hand would work the same magic and tire your wrist less.
One thing have learned about needle felting is that more isn’t better. What I mean is, you can have a massive wad of fiber and start poking the needle into it and it will felt, but you will have more control over the end result if you develop a silhouette in finer layers. Set a firm foundation and add layers from there. Let’s use an example say you want to produce a head. Start with a long nice strip of fiber. It ought to be somewhat see through. Fold it once or twice, and then start rolling it into an egg shape for the mind. Drag the fiber towards you across the foam pad, which adds a small drag and tension into the wool, so the layers stick to each other closely. As you roll, stop and work with the needle to begin the felting process. When the strip is wrapped up, felt it and add another layer, dragging and rolling.