Explore the unlimited potential of needle felting with the Ashford Book of Needle Felting. Create your own adorable figures, beautiful flowers and scenes, striking jewelry and embellishments all in flat or sculpted felt. With just a little wool, a felting needle and this book you can create unique, beautiful felted works of art. If you haven’t tried needle felting, here is a book to inspire you. The Ashford Book of Needle Felting explains and illustrates all the techniques, materials and equipment needed. For each project there are step-by-step instructions and full color photographs of each process. The Ashford Book of Needle Felting offers projects for beginners and skilled felters and each project builds on the knowledge gained. By the book’s end you will be experienced and confident to create your own masterpiece. The book provides all the pattern templates for the projects. 112 pages, full color.
Create 16 Irresistible Creatures with Simple Needle-Felting Techniques. Create your own menagerie of adorable miniature animals with this completely irresistible collection of projects with Little Felted Animals. Using simple needle felting techniques, basic tools and some wool roving. Little Felted Animals shows how to transform fluffs of wool fiber into crazy-cute critters that will melt the heart. Sixteen projects span old favorites such as dogs, cats, mice and birds to the more elusive fox, baby seal, brown bear, and penguin. You won’t be able to urge to bring every one to life. Cute, cute, cute!!
Here is everything you
need to get started! The Ashford Needle Felting
Starter Kit comes complete with the Ashford Book of
Needle Felting, which will give you confidence to create
your own unique and beautiful felted works of art. The
book covers materials, equipment, techniques and
provides all the pattern templates.
The Ashford Needle Felting Starter Kit includes 4 types of needle, 15 colors of fiber, foam block, washaway fabric and The Ashford Book of Needle Felting by Barbara Allen.
Cute, cute cute! These Ashford Needle Felting kits are easy and fast! Choose from a friendly and cute Beagle or set of three flirty butterflies. Both kits come with everything you need! The Butterflies kit comes complete with fiber, felting needle, felting pad and instructions. The Beagle kit comes with fiber, wire and instruction.
Felt a luxurious Merino Silk Scarf! The Ashford Scarf Felting Kit is an easy wet felting project, perfect as a gift or just treat yourself. The Ashford Scarf Felting Kit comes complete with Silk Chiffon, Merino-Silk wool and instructions. Seven luscious colors to choose from! $23.95
HHave fun!! Create unique felted designs the easy way. Clover Needle Felting Molds give you the perfect shapes! Attach to your favorite felt purse, bag or hat, embellish garments and much much more! Use Clover Needle Felting Molds with single felting needle or Clover Pen Style Felting Needle Tool (below) Felting needle pad required. Choose from eight fun Clover designs! $6.95 each.
Learn a new craft! Felting is easy to do and rewarding as well. Felting needles allow you to sculpt your work or add details that you can not obtain when felting with water and soap. Kit contains foam pad, four felting needles, and instructions on use and how to make a felted coaster. Fiber not included
Wooden felting needle punch that allows you to store felting needles inside the punch when not in use. A nice safety feature! Holds four felting needles. Comes with four needles for punch and extra needle for detail work.
Nicely contoured felting needle tools in two sizes. Includes 36 gauge felting needles. Comfortable contoured birch handle. Additional needles sold seperatly.
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14 oz of carded Corriedale Sliver in 12 colors: periwinkle, black, copper, camel, lima bean, chocolate, blue, green, magenta, orange, purple.
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36 gauge triangular point coarse needles / 4 pack, for coarse wools and deep penetration
38 gauge triangular point all purpose needle / 4 pack, for all purpose
40 gauge triangular point fine needle / 4 pack, for fine details fine wools
38 gauge star point needle / 3 pack, for fast felting and fine details. Star point needles will felt slightly faster than standard triangular point needles.
Assortment 4 pack 1/#36, 2/#38, 1/#40
Be safe: Felting needle are not toys and do not belong
in the hands of children.
Felting needles will enable you to create felt without the use of water or detergent. I allows you to felt or “sculpt” your work, add fine details and let your imagination run free. It is the prefect way to explore your fiber fantasies and create, create, create!
These little needles have been used for many years in the creation of commercial felt and are now being discovered by individual felters. A felting needle has small “barbs” or “burrs” on the shaft which, when it penetrates the wool catches the scales of the wool thus felting it. This “up and down” or “punch” motion creates friction and thus felts the wool.
What can you not? Start out with a small project such as a coaster, a soap cover or a small critter. Then let your imagination run wild. You can create fine lacy scarves, fantasy figurines, toys, vests…
Woolen fibers that are submerged in hot soapy water can be felted by rubbing and kneading. The friction plus heats opens the scales of the wool, allowing them to bond with each other permanently.
Felt is formed when sheep's' wool or animal fur is subjected to heat, moisture and pressure or agitation. Soap, or an alkaline environment, helps the felting process. Heat and moisture cause the outer scales along the fiber to open, and the soap allows the fibers to slide easily over one another thereby causing them to become entangled, thus producing felt.
As a rule of thumb you will experience that a finer wool will felt faster, meaning that a merino will felt a lot faster than a Romney for example. So…does that mean I always want to use the finest fiber I can? No, not necessarily, a coarser fiber, even though it may take longer to felt has it’s advantages: the created felt will be thicker and will be able to withstand wear better, which may be of advantage of items that are being used a lot (slipper soles, coasters etc) So, why don’t I just use real coarse fiber then for everything? Well, you could, but no one will love a scratch coarse scarf no matter how much love you put into its creation.
So…the bottom line is: Your fiber choice depends on your project and may vary. Just make sure you do not purchase super wash fibers or else you will be tying to make felt for the longest time J