Saturday, 24 July 2010

Trying new things

I am very excited about this!!
This technic I want to try (I am gonna) is called needle felting. I first met with this beauties when I run into Fieltrunguis' blog a couple of years ago; her blog is so full of cute and adorable stuff. Maru (the owner of this lovely blog) is a great artisan who makes amigurumis and needle felted animals... I also first met with all the amigurumi theme with her blog.
Well, last week, just before I finish the first term at Uni I FINALLY FOUND FELT, which is the material you need to needle felting. I almost cry when I saw it... I think I was looking for it since a year and a half, or more! Immediately after I finished my classes I run to buy some light-blue felt, just enough to try this technic and see if I like it or if I'm good at it.

Now, if you're interested on how this needle felted toys, here there are some cute examples:

And this is like felt looks like and those are the materials you need to do this technic:

Alright. This is my post for today... I think (I THINK) tomorrow I'll put something about another of my passions: vintage fashion! ^^
Hope you like this!!

Today I've learn: DO NOT force a sewing machine futher than she wants to give for the day!!


  1. I just loved these needle felted toys......they are just so cute... it made me laugh reading your "Today I've learn" part...

    Love ya...

  2. Just to help you when you're looking for felting supplies... The wool that you use as a raw material is usually called "Roving" or "Top" or just "Wool Fiber"... You can use other fibers as well and can use yarn as accents on your felted pieces.

    The needles that you're looking for are called felting needles. Felting needles work because they have barbs arranged on them that grab individual fibers and push them into the project to mechanically entangle them. Needles come in different sizes and with different numbers of barbs.

    They come in different sizes. A 38 gauge triangle needle is a great basic needle. The smaller the number, the coarser the needle. So a 36 gauge is probably the largest needle that you would want to use and a 40 or 42 gauge is great for tiny intricate detail work.

    The needles also have different cross-sections. The most common is a triangle with barbs on all 3 sides. There are also triangles with barbs on 2 or 1 side. The other common cross-section is a star needle. These are usually a 4-pointed star with barbs arranged in different ways on the 4 points.

    The more barbs the needle has, the faster it will entangle the fibers to make your felt sculpture. The fewer barbs, the more precise your detail can be. Good luck and enjoy.