Needle 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.
Based in Perth Australia, Unicorn Fibres is an online business focusing on quality felting supplies. Our aim is to source and supply fellow felt makers, spinners and textile artists with a quality range of fabric and fibres at affordable prices. Our supplies for felting feature a large range of extra fine combed merino wool rovings and viscose fibre, as well as unique hand-dyed delicate fabrics. These include Margilan silk gauze, cotton scrim and other embellishments fit for a unicorn. Supplies for felting include ball brausers and needle felting tools. All prices shown are in Australian dollars. Owner Sara Quail is a felt maker and has been actively involved with a variety of textiles over the last 2 decades – exhibitions, teaching, magazine articles…. See more at saraquail.com