How to Do Needle Felting With Wool & Alpaca Fleece
Things you will need
Wool or Alpaca fleece,
Needle felting brush or foam block,
Needle felting tool.
Felting Flat Items
- Arrange your wool roving or felt scraps on the foam surface in the basic shape you want to felt. If you use wool roving or fleece, position it in a circular arrangement in a thin layer. If using felt, lay out the felt scraps in a single layer.
- Poke the needle through the wool roving or felt to blend the fibers together. Poke the needle in and out of your felt pieces in a straight up and down motion until you see the fibers of the wool begin to fuse together.
Use the needle felting tool to shape the wool pieces. To make a heart for instance, push the pieces into a heart shape with your felting needle as you stab it in and out of the felt.
Add another thin layer of wool to the top of your piece and poke it with the needle felting needle to fuse it to the existing piece. Continue to repeat this process until you have added all the layers and embellishments you desire.
Use the needle felting tool to shape the wool pieces. To make a heart for instance, push the pieces into a heart shape with your felting needle as you stab it in and out of the felt.Add another thin layer of wool to the top of your piece and poke it with the needle felting needle to fuse it to the existing piece. Continue to repeat this process until you have added all the layers and embellishments you desire.
Another method using a second fabric ;
Decide on the pattern or design you want your finished piece to have. Cut your design out on the second fabric. If using a large block of color, cut it down into smaller, more manageable pieces to work with.
Lay the needle felting brush or block of foam on a steady surface with the bristles pointing towards the sky. Determine which area of the wool fleece you are going to work on first and place that directly over the brush bristles or foam. Take a small piece of the second fabric and lay that down on top of the correct area of wool fleece that is on the felting brush.
Work in a straight up and straight down motion because it is easy to break the needles. The actual needle felting is easy. You simply push the needle felting tool down through both fabrics and into the brush, then pull it back out.
Start along the edges and work your way into the middle of the second material. If you are working on a thin piece, start with an end first and work along the length.
Continue to “felt” by pushing the needle into and removing it from the fabric until your have achieved the amount of felting you prefer. The more you felt the fabric, the more it appears to be felted.
Pick the fabric up off the brush and look at the underside to check the level of bonding that has occurred between the two materials. The more fibers and the longer the fibers from the second fabric you see, the better the two pieces are joined.
Check Your Work
Check to make sure that all pieces are firmly felted together. If not, just go back over those areas again with the needle felting tool.
Trim up the edges of your work. If there are any bits or pieces hanging over the edge, cut them off.
Make sure that the edges are firmly attached to each other if you had pieces hanging over the edge that you cut off. You may want to go over those parts again just to be sure.
Tips & Warnings
Remember to keep your fingers out from behind the areas you are felting; you do not want to stick yourself.