Wet Felting for Wool and Silk Fibres.
Needle Felting for ANY type of Fibre.
Actually a single project might use both techniques successfully.
Wet felting fibres is an ancient craft method used to make items large and small.
Needle felting was devised by industry to felt manmade fibres as the wet method cannot be used. Crafters use needle felting to stiffen felt into 3D shapes. The needle has barbs that catch the individual fibre enabling it to be tangled with other fibres. The technique is very quick, just be careful of the sharp needle point - it hurts!
All of the items below (Felting board, Placemat or bubblewrap) help create a base on which to make wet felt.
The Felting Board by Ashford, being solid has the advantage when felting large pieces of felt. The others are cheaper, ideal for beginners, and are ideal for felting smaller pieces of wet felt.
There are 2 ways of making felt. The traditional ‘wet’ method or the modern ‘needle’ method. Both have their attractions and detractions, enabling you to create fabulous materials or pieces of art. The choice is yours!
Needle felting allows you to create 3D felt in various forms. The felting needle is barbed and the up and down action ‘tangles’ the fibres to form felt.
The advantages are that no water is used and any kind of fibrous material can be used. However, the needle is sharp so you need to concentrate, otherwise it can be a painful occupation!
Sue will give you her undivided attention and everything you make you keep. There are no hidden extras. The use of materials and equipment are included in the course fee of £25 per hour per student. See Sue's courses here so you can have some idea about course content. If you are interested in this or any other course, please contact Sue to discuss your requirements.
The alternative if you live too far away is the Hilltop Needle Felting Kit £47 plus postage.
Kit contains: 250g of fibres to felt -Fabric covered A4 foam pad to protect working surfaces - 10 felting needles in a safe container - "Fun with Needle Felting" book by Sue Chitty instructions on various projects.
The contents of the type of dyed or natural coloured fibres will depend upon your input:
1) If you want to needle felt water with movement and sky theme then you will want blues, greens and variable shades of dyed coloured fibres - discuss with Sue your dyed fibre requirements.
2) If you want to needle felt a face or doll or teddy bear then you will need shades of flesh colours - discuss with Sue your dyed fibre requirements.
3) If you want to needle felt an English countryside with rolling hills, trees, hedges and grassland, then discuss with Sue your dyed fibre requirements.
4) If you want to needle felt natural coloured stone walls, cliff edges, sheep in a field with stone walls, pet asleep, using natural straight from the sheep - colours of white,light to dark grey,light to dark
brown towards black and creams - then discuss with Sue your naural coloured fibre requirements.
5) If you want a range of dyed fibres that are not listed above, then discuss with Sue your requirements.
I find that using a single felting needle on its' own is better than the Ashford Student Needle Punch or Ashford Needle Punch which has 3 and 5 felting needles which are sometimes challenging as a beginner.
28th May 2019 - I have a Mallard duck nesting outside my bedroom, it is quite amazing the colour camouflage that just shades of brown and cream make the bird invisible whilst nesting on the ground. The nest is just squashed Daffodil and Bluebell leaves. She started with 9 eggs and now has 7 to hatch. Gestation period 28 days. It is a great inspiration for needle felting.
Below are some ideas that I have interpreted using felting needles, there is always room for improvement.