Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10
What is needle felting?
Needle felting starts with a pad, normally foam, special barbed needles and of course plenty of fluff! You start the process by stabbing the fluff with the special needles. These special needles have barbs along the shaft that catch the scales on the fibre and cause them to tangle and bind together, this creates a denser material called felt. You can create all kinds of wonderful items, whether you prefer flat felting a picture or making an 3D sculpture, the possibilities are endless! But be warned to create a 3D sculpture it can take hours of work and literally thousands of stabs from start to finish.
What is Wet Felting?
Unlike needle felting there are no needles needed, just water, soap, bubble wrap, a template if you're doing 3D and lots of elbow grease! You start by laying fluff over your template or bubble wrap horizontally and vertically, spray with soapy water, lay netting or bubble wrap on top and very, very gently start to rub. This causes agitation which interlocks and compacts the fluff together. This method is great for making pictures, vessels, bags or hats. It can take a few hours with constant rubbing and rolling for the fluff to knit together fully, but it is really great fun even for children.
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