Felting Wool

Do You Want To Build A Snowman? Holiday Needle Felting Class!

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Award winning felt artist Kimberly Clare will be teaching you how to build a snowman in this holiday themed class! Join us on December 13th in Grandville Michigan for this wonderful opportunity. Register...

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Wool Felt Slippers

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Wool Felt Slippers

I woke up this morning and it was FREEZING! I went to grab my slippers from the winter bin that we pulled out of storage the other day and realized that as much as I love felting – I don’t own a pair of felted slippers!!! So, this weeks project is one that I think will bring warmth to you (literally) in a cozy way. Felted slippers takes the basic principals of wet felting, then using forms or molds creates a wearable piece of art. Remember – after you wet felt your project to your specifications, it’s easy to add personal touches, embellishments and character with a...

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How to Needle Felt Eyeballs

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So today is Halloween, a time to get out your masks, march around the streets and yell those infamous words “TRICK OR TREAT!!!” So much fun! As an extra spooky felting project we thought we would show you one of Etsy’s tutorials on needle felting EYEBALLS!!! Now, we have covered needle felting before on our site (links below), so the basic premise is the same. Gather your wool or fiber. In this case you will want some white roving as the base, black wool roving as the center of the eye and your choice of color for the iris of the eye. We also suggest having skinny strips of...

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Knitt Felting by Hand in a Bucket

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Chemknits.com did this great video tutorial on how to get your knitted projects felted by hand. In this case she was doing oven mits (and they are pretty!). When doing a knit felting project like this – please make sure your knits are consistant and tight.  You’ll want to have created them bigger than what you expect the finished product to be also.  Sit back and enjoy this Knit Felting in a bucket project!   Knit Felting Supplies & Books Purchasing from www.howtofelt.com’s affiliate store helps support this website’s staff and...

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Needle Felting Tutorials & Videos | Beth Stone

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The very talented Beth Stone of www.bethstonestudio.com put together this fantastic needle felting tutorial. Her 7 videos hit the basic forms of needle felting, including how to shape the wool your working with while you firm up the fibers with the needle you poke with; in this case a felted teddy bear! We hope you enjoy these videos as much as we did. Beth does a phenomenal job! Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Part 1 Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Part 2 Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Part 3 Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Part 4 Needle Felting a Teddy Bear Part 5 Needle Felting a Teddy Bear...

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Wool Roving

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A Roving Minstrel The first image that comes to my mind for roving is not a loosely clumped wad of raw wool, silk, cotton or other textile fibers. I think of a silk-clad minstrel meandering an archaic countryside spinning heroic tales with his lute. However, that whimsical analogy is not that far off… sort of. Wool Roving is often the base for many felting projects. Wool roving is the removal of foreign debris, the aligning of fibers, and twisting in preparation for conversion of raw fibers into yarn or thread. Raw textile fibers are like little chaotic wires, strewn about without...

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Sheep Shearing – How To Make Wool

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Lets explore the journey that wool takes from the sheep to a sweater. There once was a stunning ram named Maximus, who’s fleece was white as snow. Maximus was a Finnsheep and since the warm winds of spring had come, it was time for his annual shearing. First off, Maximus, was herded into a shearing area. He was put up on a table and his hooves were trimmed and cleaned, it was the perfect time to make sure he was healthy. The shearing area was clean and organized to ensure that both the ram and the shearer would be safe and comfortable. Maximus thought the shearer was going to give him a...

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Understanding Wool Fibers

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As with anything in life, wool can get complicated. Wool fibers come in many different types and can vary depending on breed, age and health of the animal. Wool quality can even be affected if the animal was raised with a hair breed. Hair breed, not hair brained… When looking for raw wool, it is important to understand some of the details. Details like staple length, diameter, hand, crimp, luster and color. These things affect the price and use of the wool. Staple length: A Staple, in this case refers to the cluster of fibers that grow together to form the fleece, not the U-shaped...

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Felting With Wool

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Wool is a versatile, sustainable, and affordable textile fiber that has been used for centuries all over the world.Wool comes from sheep, or other animals, that have crimped hair or fur. It has remarkable properties. For example it is elastic, meaning it can stretch and bend without breaking (up to twenty thousand times, versus a mere few thousand like cotton or synthetic fibers – imagine, if you will, the poor soul that had to manually bend a wool fiber to determine that!). It can absorb water up to thirty percent of it’s weight without feeling wet or soggy, keeping it’s excellent...

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