*foam pad. I use chair pads from joanns. This pad is your work surface, a place for the needle to land. If the needle goes all the way through your project (and it will) you don't want to have your needle tip hitting a hard surface. The needle(s) will ruin the surface and the needle tips can break. *** This supply is required if using needles.
* wool. batting/roving.
*section of of lycra nylon/tights
*keep your work on the foam. Don't get in the habit of picking up the project with one hand while needle felting with the other. You're sure to stab yourself.
*listen to tv but do not watch tv while you felt. You may *think* you have great depth perception and spatial awareness, even while looking away...you don't. You will learn this after felting a thumb to your project.
*do not share needles.
Simple Combo (needle and wet) ball.
#1 Take a chunk of wool batting and pull it into 2 pieces
#2 make one piece a ball(base) and leave the other piece flat
#3 place the ball onto the flat wool batt
#4 Draw up the the flat piece like a pouch around the base and needle felt into a ball. ***the barbs on the needle force the fibers to join together. ie felt.
#5 (optional only if you're wet felting) place ball into a section of lycra tights. You can use pantyhose but the lycra gives up the wool easier. Once tied up at both ends, send it through the washer. For a front loader, I've experienced good felting at warm. For a top loader, I prefer hot on high aggitation. Remember, once you felt you can't go back. You can get a harder felt, but not a softer one. So you may want to experiment with settings to get your desired felt density.
#6 Remove felted base from stocking and place on a smooth out section of roving. Roll the base up in the roving.
#7 felt into the shape of a ball again.
#8 Start adding your decoration. I recommend using LIKE FIBERS if you're wet felting. Don't mix batting and roving here. Personally, I don't even mix breeds. I've found you get a cleaner felt if you don't cross breed. lol
sailboat and tree
#9 Place back into the tights and send through the washer again.
#10 wet ball fresh from the washer...set on top of the dryer to dry.
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