Needle Felting

| 1/12/2015 10:39:00 AM

TracyWhen I heard our spinners guild was going to offer a needle felting workshop, I was really excited. And really intimidated. I didn't even really know what it was, but one of the members shared a piece she had done, and it was beautiful. I had no idea how I was ever going to learn how to do something like that, but I was willing to try.

Needle felting is exactly what it sounds like – using needles to make designs in felt. (There is also 3D needle felting, but this is 2D.) Felting needles vary in sharpness, are flat-sided, and have barbs along the shaft. The barbs push the top layer of fiber through the felted piece. The scales of the wool hook together and lock themselves into place. This is the backside of the very first project I did, and you can see how much the fiber pushed through.

needle felting 

Needle felting fiber can be found online, and can be ordered in a variety of colors. If you buy rolls of roving, it will last a long time because it takes very little to complete a design.


I've never been able to draw. When I saw some of the others' designs, I figured I was out of the game. On a good day, I can copy, trace and even stay in the lines if I want to. Fortunately, that’s all I need to be able to do to needle felt.