What is needle felting?Needle felting is a fibre arts craft that creates felt without the use of water. A special barbed needle is used to poke into wool fibres repeatedly so that wool fibre interlocks into a more condense material to create an artwork which can be 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional.
There are 2 types of needle felting:-
Appliqué needle felting: attaching wool yarn, wool felt or wool roving to a flat piece of wool fabric or felt.
Sculptural needle felting: creating a three dimensional piece of felt from wool roving.
Sculptural Needle Felting
Today I would be introducing sculptural needle felting. I have yet to try Appliqué needle felting and not sure whether I would break my felting needle as a result.
- Felting needle
- Wool Roving (of various colours)
- Felting Mat ( I use a sponge )
- Always hold the needle vertically to the surface you want to felt. (When I was in the class, a couple of students broke their needles)
- Poke in and out of the fibre in a straight line, in and out repeatedly, creating the shape you want to make.
- Never leave your eyes from the needle when you are felting
- Watch your fingers carefully when felting small details. ( I pierced my finger as a result due to this mistake)
- Pick up, rotate and turn your work from side to side so as to prevent it from binding to the sponge or felting mat instead.
- Different parts of your work can be produced separately (Eg , Body, wings, beak, belly, tail) When the parts are well formed, attach them by felting to the main body.
|My first felted art piece and the barbed felting needle which pierced my finger... Ouch!|
I have yet to see any felted work in sale in Singapore, if you have seen any, please advise where you have seen it. I would love to pop down to have a look.
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