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