What is Needle Felting?

Needle felting is basically, wonderful little tools that have many uses to the natural doll and craft maker. A dry felting needle is a needle with tiny barbs, when inserted into the wool fibres repeatedly. The needle causes the fibres to tangle (Similar to wet felting).

Process of Needle Felting

The needle felting process starts with rolling the small amount wool and stabbing it with the needle. When the wool is stabbed by the needle it pulls the wool towards itself. By rolling wool again and again, stabbing it repeatedly it locks together and start taking shapes. This process gives a round shaped structure. Then you can change into any desire shape by adding wool in it.

3D Sculptures

Making 3D felted structure is little bit difficult as you carefully give the shape to wool. So the first step is above mention already. Then look at the picture of the animal that you are making then according to it add some wool for legs or hands, Then gradually add its head and horns. Last step is to color it.

Wet Needle Felting

Wet needle felting is similar to needle felting only hot soapy water is used instead of needles. Most of my flat felted pieces of sculptures are wet felted. This makes them smooth and to use, just like a piece of felt fabric in a store.  When wet felting the wool fiber is laid out flat and rubbed using your fingers and hot soapy water. This helps the wool to tangle up and lock together. After much careful rubbing there is a nice flat piece of felt that can be cut into any shape and added to your 3D sculpture.

What is Roving?

Roving is wool that has been washed and run through a carding machine. When carded the wool fiber is all going in the same direction. Carding is like combing in that it is taking the fiber that is in small locks and combing it all smoothly together. The carded wool comes out in a long “roving” of wool that is to spin into yarn. It is also fluffy and easier to felt with as well.  Below is a picture of hand painted roving.