The Basic Facts About Needle Felting
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The Basic Facts About Needle Felting

This article is all about needle felting, the basic requirements to use, its basics, and how it works.

Are you looking for a new hobby that you can do easily? Do you want to knit but you only have minutes on your free time? There is a new hobby that will only take a few minutes of your time and is easy to learn. This new sensational hobby is called needle felting.

Needle felting is a unique quilting technique when a felt or wool is dry felted to make it a solid fabric. Usually, felt is made by wet felting it or by using water and soap solution to lubricate the material and sticking the fabric together. Unlike sewing which requires a thread and needle to stitch two fabrics together; this special process requires a special felting needle to tangle the fabric together and attach these tightly.

The good thing about needle felting is that you can easily do this in just a few minutes with cheap materials. The main materials that you need are raw dyed wool and felt which has a good tangling property and can easily be obtained in craft shops. You will also need a thick piece of foam or needle felting brush as a work base and special felting needles which is a group of needles bonded by a plastic holder. The basic felting needle that every beginner must have is a 36 gauge triangle needle. Later, you can also use different needle thickness and shapes like the star needle which is good for adding little details on your handiwork. Keep in mind that the higher the needle number, the thinner and finer it is.

To start needle felting, you need to set up the materials: the foam or felting brush on the table, the felt on top of it, and the raw wool on top of the felt. Place the wool where the pattern on the felt is and begin roving it or punching the felting needle into the wool. It only takes a few minutes to stick the wool into the felt, so finishing a project only takes minutes.

Needle felted crafts are not only for decorations, it can also be used as a design on clothes, bags, purses, mittens, sweaters, table cloths, and curtains. Some needle felting experts also make 3D shapes that can be used as additional fabric decorations or as toys. It is also a good investment because you can sell the finished products to people. In fact, some celebrities are also sporting these handicrafts.

Needle felting is a great hobby to devote in. Allot some time to hone your skills and later you might have beautiful masterpieces to keep, sell and show to others.

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