A beginner’s guide needle felting

1. Pull off a small portion of wool from your sliver, length, or batt. When pulling wool apart, go gently, and if it doesn’t come apart, try moving your hands a little further away from each other. When deciding how much wool you need, remember that less is always more. A little goes a long way, and in needle felting, you can always add more, but you can’t take it away.

2. Once you’ve got your piece of wool, try to fold and roll it into the rough shape of a ball. This is the same for most needle felting; use your hands to form the shape, and then use the needle to lock the fibres together and refine that shape. Try to roll your shapes as tightly as possible as this will save you time in the felting process.

3. When you’ve rolled your wool into a rough ball shape, it’s now time to start stabbing it with the needle. When you’re stabbing your wool, make sure to enter and exit at the same angle. Also, try not to twist your needle as this might break it. Although, it’s worth bearing in mind that when getting to grips with needle felting, a few broken needles is totally normal. Just remember to remove the broken bit from your project before continuing.

It’s also worth remembering that your needle doesn’t have to go all the way through to the other side. If you’re doing this too often, you might start to felt your project to the mat you’re working on.

4. When needle felting your ball, keep turning it, stabbing the wool evenly all over. You’ll see where it’s been felted more heavily because it’ll look tighter and feel smoother and harder, while the less felted bits will look looser and feel softer.

5. All you have to do now is keep working over your ball until you’re happy with it. Remember to be patient and if you need to make it bigger, add thin layers of wool over the top and work them in – but again, keep in mind that less is more.

Once you’ve made a ball and you’re happy with it, try to make an oblong shape. The process is more or less the same, just roll it into an oblong shape to start with and get felting.

If you’d like to see a demonstration of how to make a ball and an oblong shape, as well as some extra tips and tricks, then why not take a look at the video below from Hawthorn Handmade?

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