Needle felting tools

needle felting toolsNeedle felting tools include felting needles in various sizes – Fine, medium, star and thick. Made of stainless steel, sold in pairs in a plastic vial with stopper.

  • Fine needles: for use with fibres less than 20 microns. Suitable for creating fine detail and neat surfaces.
  • Medium needles: suitable for wool fibre 20 – 30 microns like our 22.5 micron natural wool roving or Corriedale. A good general purpose needle.
  • Medium-size star needles: also suitable for 20 – 30 micron fibre, but have a unique star structure with barbs on all 4 sides, making needle felting more efficient.
  • Thick needles: best used with coarse wool over 30 microns such as Bergschaf wool carded batts. A stronger needle for initial base felting and attaching of pieces. Not suitable for creating details or a smooth surface.

Few needle felting tools  are required for this form of dry felting, but a rigid foam mat is beneficial. Needle felting foam mats or pads  reduce needle breakage and protect your work surface. Made from expanded polyurethane, these foam pads are very dense.  The rigid foam feels like hard sponge with high resilience and durability. As a handy underlay for needle felting, the rigidity of the foam also makes needle punching easier, especially for extended periods.

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