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Stabbing Little Kittens (gargh!)

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)

Madoka Angel's Needle Felted Cat bracelet Here’s a few pics from Saturday’s session…

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!

Finished Fascinator!

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 ūüėÄ

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 РChester UK Р(click image to visit shop) 10 needles Р£3.65 + 68p)

you will need a pack of needles as it’s easy to break them when you first start!

TheLittleGrasshopper on Etsy - Needle Felting supplies

Just a Day Dream РWales UK РEtsy shop Р10 medium needles in container £6.50 + 1.20 p&p)

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! ūüėČ

Course Needles

  • 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¬†

Medium Needles

  • 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¬†

Fine Needles

  • 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)

Clover Pen style needle Felting tool


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

Heidifeathers Needle Felting Starter Kit


Another starter kit by MaxExpress4U on Ebay РBristol UK Р£16.99

maxexpress4u Needle Felting kit on ebay


TryToGet0 РNewton Aycliffe, Durham UK Р£10.00

Try To Get0 ebay shop


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 Р£3.95 + 1.75 delivery from the Wool Barn РUK and they sell them in different colour tones and a mix selection too РI would recommend getting a mix of colours for your first go.

The Wool Barn Merino Wool Roving Tops


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!

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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 ūüôā

ps: just found this on Etsy – tutorial pdf of a spat cat bookmark – made me laugh ūüėÄ

splat cat needle felted bookmark tutorial pdf pattern



Spring is here!

On Saturday we’ll begin work on a banner for our friends at West Norwood Bzz Garage. We’ll start by creating bee friendly flowers in fabric and yarn (and maybe some bees too!).
Things to bring if you can:
  • Crochet hooks if you have them
  • Yarn scraps
  • Fabric scraps
  • Embroidery silk or cotton
Let’s make tons of flowers!
  • Hosts will be:¬†Rachel, Zoe, Lenny & Emily
See you on Saturday!

Click on the below images to visit Bzz Garage’s Facebook page to find out more about them – part of The Open Works Community Projects.
BzzGarage Logo Bee Poster for Bzz Garage

‘Cats in Pants’ pattern testing…

Each week we try to plan a ‘theme’ or useful project that the group come up with but we are very open to ideas and suggestions – plus people do not have to join in with this as they can bring their own project, fix or mend a favourite piece of clothing or just ask questions and eat choccy biscuits ūüôā

In January we decided to do a fun project that only needed small pieces of fabric, was quick to make and cute!

Lenny asked the Stitchers to test her pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ the kitten versions – there is a large cat but we thought we would start with the cutest of the two.

The pattern comes with the choice of underpants or pants.