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Needle-Felt with Felt Cutouts, Roving, and Yarn

Needle-felting intertwines wool fibers with each prick of a barbed tool. Use this technique to decorate wool pillows, scarves, blankets, and other items with contrasting wool accents—no sewing or gluing necessary.

 

Here are some techniques for needle-felting fabric with felt cutouts, roving, and yarn (100 percent wool materials work best).

Place a felting-needle mat under the fabric, and punch up and down using a single felting needle or a multineedle tool. A larger mat minimizes repositioning.

Clean out wool fibers as they collect. Both sides of felted fabric are attractive, so test on a swatch to see which you like best. The design on the punched side is sharp; the reverse is blurred. Take your time, and be careful as you work.

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Needle-Felt with Felt Cutouts, Roving, and Yarn How-To

1. Learn How to Needle-Felt with Felt Cutouts: For large projects (such as a blanket), it helps to place paper shapes on the fabric to determine the arrangement and how much felt you'll need. Then swap in felt cutouts. With a felting-needle mat underneath, use a single felting needle to tack down the center and border of cutout.

2. Use a multineedle tool to punch until the fibers transfer evenly to the reverse side. Use the single needle to adjust any uneven areas. (With practice, a dot will take about a minute.)

3. Finish both sides by spritzing with water and pressing with an iron on the wool setting. You're done!

4. Learn How to Needle-Felt with Roving: To create a shape (such as a circle), outline the area on the fabric with a disappearing-ink pen. With a felting-needle mat underneath, lay a few tufts of roving side by side on the fabric.

5. Using a multineedle tool, punch until fibers transfer evenly to the reverse side. Add roving for a thicker layer, or shift felting-needle mat and lay roving on a new section of fabric. Remove stray fibers by pressing felted area with one hand and teasing out strands with the other.

6. Finish both sides by spritzing with water and pressing with an iron on the wool setting.

7. Learn How to Needle-Felt with Yarn: For precise designs, mark your pattern on the fabric with a disappearing-ink pen. With a felting-needle mat underneath, align the end of yarn (on skein) at the fabric's edge, and use a single needle to punch the yarn end's fibers to secure.

8. Continue along the length of yarn, punching until fibers transfer evenly to the reverse side. Snip yarn at scarf's other edge, and punch the yarn end. Repeat with remaining stripes.

9. Finish both sides by spritzing with water and pressing with an iron on the wool setting.

 

Comments (1)

  • 29 Oct, 2013

    Thank you for putting all of the instructions for felting on your site. I have bought a kit and am waiting to receive and start my project.