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felting wool
okay so this is my first attempt at making a "how-to" guide so id like to say sorry in advanced if its not helpful at all (im actually rather horrible at explaining things xp)

buuuut i think this is really simple and i hope that this might help or give you guys an idea of how to felt.

soo without further ado...

Posted by k!m from Las Vegas, Nevada, United States • Published See k!m's 4 projects »
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  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 1
    Step 1

    first off you <i><u>need</i></u> to buy a felting needle/tool
    i dont suggest buying just the needles
    because accidents happen and these needle are extremely sharp!

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 2
    Step 2

    oh and no you cannot just use any plain simple needle to do this
    (trust me i tried xp )
    felting needles have special barbs in them which help the tiny wool fibers to interlock with eachother

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 3
    Step 3

    next you need a felting block
    <b>or</b>
    if your cheap like me ;]
    then find a styrofoam block
    but make sure its big enough
    because this is like our base that we're gonna be stabbing with our needle.

    you dont want to break a needle by stabbing it into the table

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 4
    Step 4

    last thing you need to buy now is the roving wool which you can find at your local crafts store

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 5
    Step 5

    ok so now that we have everything
    get wool and pull a piece off
    (not too big not too little this is just a practice thing)

    then place it on your felting block

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 6
    Step 6

    with your needle you start to stab the piece of wool in a vertical (up & down) motion

    *try not to stab at an angle because this could break your needle

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 7
    Step 7

    once you've stabbed most of the wool
    flip it over and stab it some more

    it doesnt look like anything yet but once the fibers start to lock into eachother it begins to get a bit more stiff

    *dont stab it tooo much
    remember you want to be able to still pull it off your block

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 8
    Step 8

    just keep stabbing...
    just keep stabbing...

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 9
    Step 9

    as your stabbing away at that piece of wool start to bring/pull the edges into that wool-y center
    im not sure how to explain this :/
    but its like your sculpting the wool with the needle
    bunching the wool into a somewhat more solid shape ?

    <- in these pics im just doing a simple circle

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 10
    Step 10

    when you have a pretty solid shape take it off the felting block.

    it looks fuzzy with stray fibers right?

    this is what i do:

    for a flat piece - rub your hands together until its warm and then rub the piece between your hands..until its warm
    it smooths most of it down

    for a 3D-ish shaped piece - just use a small pair of scissors and cut the fuzz off

  • How to make a needle felting. Felting - Step 11
    Step 11

    finished!

    you can make these into any shape you want, any size, any color

    if you have any questions comment/message me and i'll get back to ya as sooon as i can ;D

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Livia
Livia
huh you use Styrofoam... i usually use felting foam bc ive been told that styrofoam doesnt work Tongue and really cool needle btw haha i only have plain felting needles
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quirky been v.
quirky been v. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 8 projects
ive decided to start this summer!! (yeah right like that'll ever get done) im sorry that was the sarcastic side of me!!
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Kat
Kat · La Cañada Flintridge, California, US
This is absolutely PERFECT
I always wondered how to do this
You can make so much cute stuff!
I am off to go try this now. Happy
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k!m
k!m · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 4 projects
im happy to have inspired someone ^_^
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Katherine Munro
Katherine Munro · Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA · 12 projects
This is great, I've always wanted to try felting. I even have all the stuff but now I'm inspired to actually do it now that I can see it being done. Great job on the How-to!
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k!m
k!m · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 4 projects
i havent tried wet felting (yet;)
but i hope this helps
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FrolleinKram
FrolleinKram · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 132 projects
Uh... I'm used to wet felting, but I'm gonna try this since you can do shapes and patterns and stuff WAY better this way... Thanks for sharing.
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k!m
k!m · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 4 projects
hm i really dont know /:T
im sure you can with A LOT of wool and patience
but it would probably be alot easier to just buy a wool scarf and felt patterns or whatever into it
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Cheryl H.
Cheryl H.
hello, i'd like to do a scarf; is that possible?
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k!m
k!m · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 4 projects
your welcome! ^_^

to get color and details in it you can just felt it on
or you can can twist colors together to get like a twisted mixed color look
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