Felting Wool

The Good Yarn have a a wonderful range of felting wools and fibres.

What is needle felting?

Needle felting starts by taking a small amount of wool and continuously stabbing it with a felting needle. This process pulls the wool into itself, creating a ball or section of matted fibre.  By doing this over and over while turning the wool, it continues to pull wool into itself and the wool and with its tiny scales, locks together creating a felted fabric. Continued stabbing and turning results in a firm round shape. Once there is a basic shape to start with, wool is added where it is needed to form a 3d sculpture. Many needle felters also use wire to help form the shape.

Is Needle Felting Easy To Learn?

Needle felting might sound a bit fancy, but it's not as hard as it seems. All you really need is a stead(ish) hand. And after a bit of practice, needle felting becomes a breeze for most people. Once you get the hang of the techniques, trust me, it's also quite satisfying.. and addictive. Just a heads up, though—patience is key. Once you master the basic shapes, you will be able to add texture and layers of colour to create more complex projects. But here's the great part—needle felting is the perfect craft for any age or fibre craft experience, which basically mean everyone can do it. Kids, adults can all make their own version of the the family pet! It's a chill craft you can enjoy, whether you're kicking back at home or out and about.

What is the best wool for needle felting?

The most popular wool and fibres for needle felting projects is merino and corriedale wools. The Ashford fibre sample packs are perfect for every needle felter. They include a huge array of colours to let you make any project you could imagine. They come in a huge variety of colours as well as multiple different sized packs.

What are the common mistakes of needle felting?

Learning the top tips for needle felting is easy, and some say fixing mistakes is even easier. Its definitely a very forgiving fibre craft. In fact on our Good Yarn blog, we also have a great article that lists out some of the most common mistakes and ways to either fix them, or stop them from happening. You can read the blog here: Tips for successful needle felting

What can I do with my needle felting projects?

There are so many styles of needle felting, that create a huge array of projects. Many of which can be sold on websites such as Etsy. You can felt 3D animals like family pets and give as gifts. Or maybe needle felt characters for a gorgeous baby mobile, the perfect baby shower gift.

Is Corriedale Wool good for needle felting?

Corriedale wool has a defined, even crimp and is smooth and easy to spin or felt. You can spin a fine to medium woollen, worsted or semi-worsted yarn. Corriedale will bulk after washing and has good elasticity. It is ideal for baby wear, woven, knitted, crocheted or felted garments. Is it the most versatile wool, making it perfect for needle felting projects. The colour range is exhaustive, which means you can create woollen felting projects until your heart is content.

Can I use Merino wool for needle felting?

Merino wool is sought after the world over. It is known as the world’s finest and softest wool. Its natural benefits are so great that no other fibre – natural or man-made – can match it. It is the perfect wool for those special needle felting projects, that require that extra little something. Why not take a look at our Needle Felting Tutorial to learn some wonderful new felting techniques

Buy your needle felting kits and supplies from The Good Yarn - We ship Australia Wide

The Good Yarn are your perfect Australian needle felting supplies store. We stock an ever increasing range of needle felting kits, which we ship Australia wide. Our felting kits include everything you need to keep crafting. From needles, foam, wool, felting needle punch and more. Start creating beautiful felted 3D animals, Christmas ornaments, flowers and brooches. Share your needle felting projects with our online craft group. The Good Yarn has a wonderful and very active online craft group. We have a large number of felting crafters, who regularly share their latest projects with everyone. From gorgeous Australian animals created into a beautiful babies mobile, to fun cartoon characters. Our crafters are always creating new projects. You can find our online craft group, The Good Yarn Group Australia - Spin, Weave, Knit, Crochet, Felting & Fun here   

Read our top tips for Needle Felting here

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