40 Gauge felting needles for use with fine fibre for detailing and finishing. With 3 edges, the triangular shaft has 6 evenly spaced barbs per needle and is 7.6cm / 3 in long. Suitable for fibres less than 20 microns, such as extra fine merino, yak, cashmere, viscose and our exclusive Uniblends. Great for neatening and smoothing the felt. For use individually on their own, with a felting needle holder or a needle felting pen that holds 1-3 felting needles.
The barbs on the felting needle in conjunction with the continuous stabbing motion, encourage the fibre to matt together until a solid felt forms. When using felting needles, stab straight into and then out of the fibre in the same direction. Avoid wiggling or angling the needle when penetrating the fibre to avoid possible breakage. Use foam or a felting mat to protect your work surface. Felting needles are sharp, so please keep away from children. Wipe dry before storage if needle comes into contact with damp fibre.
Felting needle sizes
The gauge of a felting needle refers to the thickness of the needle shaft. The higher the number, the smaller the thickness /diameter of the needle. Fine 40 gauge felting needles make barely discernible holes , while a 32 gauge needle will create larger holes. To speed up the initial process of needle felting, use a larger or lower gauge needle. Work up to a finer needle with a higher gauge for final finishing touches.
Steel felting needles, made in China to European specifications.