36 Gauge reverse felting needles. a coarse triangular needle with 2 barbs on each of the 3 edges. Also called inverted needles, reverse barb felting needles work in the opposite way to normal felting needles. The barbs on a reverse needle go in the opposite direction to a regular needle, pulling fibres out rather than compacting them. Useful for creating a very fluffy or hairy finish on a well felted project. Also available in Fine 40 gauge. The higher the number, the finer the needle. 3 inches long with 6 barbs, made from steel, to European specifications.
All felting needles are sharp, so handle with care. Work on a foam or padded surface to avoid damage to surfaces. Designed to flex only very slightly at the working end, expect broken needles if used incorrectly. Compared to regular sewing needles, felting needles are relatively brittle. Needles should go in and out at the same angle. Avoid hitting armatures or anything solid. Using fine needles on densely felted items can cause breakages as well as deep jabbing of the needle. As with any felting needles, avoid flexing the ends of reverse felting needles or using it to move fibre sideways or with any lateral force.