Basic needle felting supplies in a set comprising 1 small or medium size foam mat, plus 8 felting needles. Quality stainless steel felting needles in 4 sizes (thin, medium, medium star and thick).
Needle felting foam makes an excellent underlay for needle felting. The foam mat or pad helps prevent felting needles from breaking and makes needle punching easier. Manufactured from high density expanded polyurethane, the foam feels like hard sponge.
- Small : 10 x 15 x 4cm – Locally sourced HD Polyurethane, with a 150 cm2 surface area.
- Small – Imported: 10 x 15 x 4cm – Imported foam is marginally more dense, with a 150 cm2 surface area.
- Medium : 20 x 15 x 4cm – Locally sourced HD Polyurethane, with a 300 cm2 surface area.
Being very dense, the mat / pad has high resilience and will last for a long time. It also won’t change shape with prolonged use. Compact and transportable, it also protects your work surface. This foam block suits both 2D and 3D techniques. Working over armatures of wire will blunt needles more quickly and working on some kind of needle felting mat is recommended.
Essential needle felting supplies include felting needles. Made of stainless steel, we stock 4 sizes for needle felting. Sold in pairs in a plastic clear cylinder with stopper, they have small barbs which catch the scales of the fibre when stabbed through wool. A dry felting technique, continuous stabbing encourages the fibre to matt together, eventually creating a solid felt. Use a bigger needle initially, working up to a fine one for final surface detail as the fibre hardens. They can be used individually or in a handle or holder that holds one or multiple felting needles. The needles are sharp and can cause injury or break if not used with care. Avoid twisting, bending or changing the angle when stabbing in and out.
Fine needles: for use with fibres less than 20 microns, such as extra fine merino, yak and cashmere. 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. Good for firm felting of main parts of 3D work and initial detail.
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.