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Which Felting Needle do I use?

Here’s a little problem.

There are so many felting needles out there, and some come in fine, medium and hard sizes rather than gauge sizes. What does it all mean and which one should I buy?

Well, here’s some help.

I have sourced as many felting needles as I could find, each different and some hard to get hold of.

They are now available in my Etsy store at only £1 each (postage £1, no matter how many you buy)

I’ve also made a wee video showing what each needle does so you can make the most from your felting.

Just a reminder, my shop is at

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/bettyvirago

 

The needles used are:

White – 19 gauge triangular – for coarse, heavy fibres
Orange – 32 gauge triangular – for medium grade fibres
Black – 36 gauge triangular – suits most work
Yellow – 38 gauge crown – for doll making
Blue – 38 gauge star – for faster working
Green – 38 gauge triangular – an all purpose tool
Red – 40 gauge triangular – for fine, delicate work
Brown – 46 gauge triangular – great for 3D work
Pink – 32 gauge reverse – for fur
Purple – 40 gauge reverse – for detailed fur

I’m also doing a trial pack offer of all ten needles for £8. That way, you can experiment at home and choose for yourself.

Hope that solves your felting needle questions.

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Magic Fairies

One brilliant subject we’ve been getting into at the Saturday class is needle felting. We started off with pictures but soon worked our way to brilliant needle felted fairies.

Normally in our classes we pick something to make and we all make it, but we’ve decided to give another way of working a go. So we’re having felting workshops. All the felting stuff will be available, we’ve become so big that we’re moving across into the sewing room to accommodate everyone.

I’ll have something I’m working on and you’re welcome to join in with that, but if you have something you want to work on, maybe even work you’ve started at home, then you’re free to work on that with our help.

The new rota is soon to be written up and I’ll put it here when it’s done.

Anyway,

I’ve just finished two fairies for someone who wanted guardian angels for two little children. Here they are.

DSC00090DSC00093If you are in Leeds and fancy coming to one of our felting workshops email me and I’ll send you details.

 

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Zipper felt brooches

Tomorrow, 10.30am – 12.30pm at Inkwell, Chapel Allerton, £6 each. We’re making Zipper heart brooches ready for Valentines day next week (yep, it really is that soon).

For those who can’t be with us, here’s the instructions…

1. Draw your simple design onto paper..

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2. Pin the paper onto a piece of felt

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3. Take your zip and trim off the fabric edge, leavng the metal or plastic teeth.

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4. Whip stitch the zip into place, making sure the thread fits tightly between the teeth.

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5. pick out the paper centre, use a needle to get into tight areas.

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6. Needle felt small bits of felt to the centre of the brooch.

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7. Keep going until the brooch is filled.

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8. Add buttons, brads or other embellishments

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9. Turn the brooch over and sew the brooch pin onto the felt.

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10. Cut out the brooch and draw around it onto another piece of felt. Cut this second felt piece out.

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11. place the second piece over the first and mark the two pin ends of the brooch. Make a small cut where you have marked and place the second piece over the first, pulling through the pin ends.

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12. Blanket stitch around the edge, making sure you stitch through both front and back felt pieces.

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13. Pin the brooch on and enjoy!

There are many designs on the internet, have a google around, some are simple, others very intricate. There are also other ways of making the brooch, mostly by using a glue gun, but the thought of young people loose with glue guns scared me a bit (plus I only have one) so I came up with a way of making the brooch without hot glue dripping from little hands!

What’s next…

Saturday 22nd February, 10.30am, Inkwell, £6 Spinning.

No, not spinning on a bike (that’d be very interesting to see) we’re going to make our own little drop spindle and do a bit of spindle spinning, making our own wool. We only have two hours, and already it sounds like it’ll be popular.