Saturdays session of the Stitch featured stabbing at speed at little cute cats bodies, heads and ears… sounds evil! Well, relax we were making needle felted cat bracelets – Madoka had made her own and we were knocked over by it’s fab/cool/cute factor so we decided to have a go our selves! This is Madoka’s cat bracelets (click on the images to see larger versions and descriptions)
You can keep up with Madoka’s creations via her Madoka Angel facebook page and Madoka Angel Instagram Elaine from Bunting and Pops (also a member of Rock Paper Scissors London) had never heard of dry needle felting and couldn’t figure out how a lump of wool roving turned into this fab little cat but she gave it a go… and then annoyed everyone by making this…. how cute it this little guy! (gargh… mine is still a blue lump and in bits)
scroll down for links to start needle felting for yourself!
Begona – one of the co-hosts at the Stitch brought in her finished Fascinator. locally sourced elements too – literally, she found the feathers at her local park 😀
Needle Felting supplies:
You can get kits but you can buy each element separately – all you need to get started is a set of needles, a sponge (from the pound shop!) and some roving tops (it’s like wool before being spun into yarn balls!)
As needle felting has become popular you can now find some of the bits you need in craft shops but online tends to be easier in finding it all in one go.
Needles: the important bit!
I got a mixed pack of needles but find that I’m using a medium most of the time (red tipped)
The Little Grasshopper on Etsy – Chester UK – (click image to visit shop) 10 needles – £3.65 + 68p)
you will need a pack of needles as it’s easy to break them when you first start!
some info I found on my search around the web about needle gauges and what to use them for – I think most people that I’ve met use a medium and fine… but that’s why I would buy a mixed set to start with – so you can try them out and ‘gauge’ it yourself! 😉
- The 32 Gauge Triangular has 3 barbs a side – coarse fibres and starting
- The 36 Gauge Triangular has 3 barbs a side – starting and shaping
- The 36 Gauge Star has 2 barbs a side – faster starting and working
- The 38 Gauge Triangular has 2 barbs a side – shaping and working (red tip)
- The 38 Gauge Star has 2 barbs a side – Faster working and shaping
- The 38 Gauge Twisted needle has 2 barbs a side – even felting and smoothing
- The 40 Gauge Twisted needle has 2 barbs a side – even felting, smoothing
- The 40 Gauge Triangular has 2 barbs a side – working and detail
- The 42 Gauge Triangular has 1 barb a side – fine detail
- The 40 Gauge Reverse / Inverted has 1 barbs a side – fluffing surfaces
You don’t need a needle holder – I have tried the wood holders that you can buy but I either just use the needle on it’s own or (more recently) I’ve started using the plastic pen type of holder which is actually quite good – you can use 3 needles at once – useful when you first start stabbing large bits of roving into a base shape – then you can change to a single needle which is far better for smaller/detailed elements. (click image to visit the Amazon page)
Heidi Feathers – Cheltenham UK – £25 (there’s another kit for £13,99 that looks cool too!)
This looks good if it’s a gift (for you or someone else!) as it comes in a nice box, instructions, finger guards (not totally necessary), mat, selection of Merino tops in lots of colours, needles in various sizes (which is good if you don’t know what you are doing!) – click image to visit her ebay shop – she is on Amazon as well – Heidi Feathers Amazon shop and sells each element separately
Another starter kit by MaxExpress4U on Ebay – Bristol UK – £16.99
TryToGet0 – Newton Aycliffe, Durham UK – £10.00
If you don’t want to buy a kit and you want to just the basics (which the above to cover but some bits are unnecessary)
I did buy a pack of these from Amazon – £3.95 + 1.75 delivery from the Wool Barn – UK and they sell them in different colour tones and a mix selection too – I would recommend getting a mix of colours for your first go.
Video tutorials – free ones.
This is very good on how to even plan your needle felted item… in this case cute animals. (doesn’t show closeup though)
Baby Alpaca tutorial – cute!
Needle Felting 101 – gives info on lots of needle felting equipment and roving… and even tips on wet felting – we tried that on Saturday and it really does speed things up!!! (just a bowl of water and a little soap – I thought it was far more complicated but it really isn’t!)
- maybe we can get Madoka to add her thoughts on needle felting 🙂
ps: just found this on Etsy – tutorial pdf of a spat cat bookmark – made me laugh 😀