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Needle Felting With Wool Roving -- An Easy And Fun Way To Be Creative
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Needle felting is a relatively new craft that is rapidly growing in popularity. Unlike wet felting or Nuno felting which use water and agitation, needle felting, sometimes called dry felting, uses special barbed needles and natural fibers such as wool roving or alpaca. By forming the wool roving into various shapes and repeatedly jabbing the needles into the wool, one can create wonderful two or three dimensional items. The craft is remarkably easy to learn and the cost to get started is relatively inexpenive.

One of the most important felting supply items needed is wool or another natural fiber. The type of wool needed is really a personal preference of the felter. Some felters prefer the softness of merino wool roving, while others prefer other types. Most types of wool can be used for needle felting. The next important felting supply item needed is a special barbed needle made specifically for felting. While these needles were originally made for commercial felting machines, it was discovered that artists and crafters could use individual needles to make felt. Wool fibers are covered with scales and felting takes place when the barbed felting needles cause the scales to grab each other. Another felting supply item one definitely needs for felting is a foam block or sponge to use as a base for the project. This is necessary to give protection from being stabbed by the extremely sharp felting needles.

Possibilities for needle felted creations are limited only by one's imagination. Flat needle felted items can include all kinds of things including wall hangings, rugs, appliques, and even complex items such as detailed portraits and landscapes. Many refer to this type of needle felting as "painting with wool". Felting needles can also be used to create three dimensional items. Small animals and even dolls can be easily sculpted using wool roving and felting needles.

Needle felting can be learned quickly. Instructions are readily available on the web. Sculptured objects can be made by rolling the wool roving into basic shapes and then shaping the wool shapes with the needles. The craft is appropriate for adults and older children or teens. It is not recommended for younger children because the needles are extremely sharp. Many crafters have started out by buying a kit or directions and wool roving for a simple project and in a short time have progressed to making and selling their felted items. The small unique scuptures often sell quite well online or at craft fairs.

Many crafters have joined the ranks of needle felting. The craft offers great fun and satisfaction in being able to fill a need for creating beautiful art.

This author was introduced to the world of sheep and wool fiber and the associated crafts when she met her husband, Perry. They have raised several breeds of sheep and she is an avid spinner and felter. She has her own fiber business and information site at http://www.bluegooseglen.com .


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AuroraG  

I haven't heard of this. You've given me something new to google.

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  about 5 years ago

This looks like a neat craft that is really an art. I had not heard of it before. Glad to know about it.

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  about 6 years ago

It's a fairly new craft, but it has really taken off in the past 10 years or so.

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  about 6 years ago

This work is really lovely. I see my sister doing the same thing and I only it really needs patients.

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  about 6 years ago

It does take a bit of time, but it is well worth it for the end result. Thanks for reading and for your comment.

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  about 6 years ago

I've never heard of this before. Thank you. Very Interesting.

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  about 6 years ago

Thanks, Hani. It is a neat craft.

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  about 6 years ago
AJ  

I love crafts and have tried lots of different kinds over the years. This sounds interesting, I'd love to see some of your crafts.

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  about 6 years ago

I was amazed at how easy it is to do, AJ. But it's also very addicting.

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  about 6 years ago

My mom likes knitting, I wonder if she would be interested in this??. I will have to ask her. Thanks for the eye opener!

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  about 6 years ago

I'll bet she would like it. One fiber addiction leads to another!

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  about 6 years ago
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