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hiptobeme
« on: July 23, 2006 06:29:50 PM »

I recently won a kit on ebay that came with 15 colors and 4 needles. I cant seem to find a website that would tell me what the different needle sizes do. In the kit there was a "coarse needle" a"fine needle" a "medium needle" and a "star needle". Could you tell me what these needles would be for. are they for different fibers? do they felt differently? Im assuming yes but I wondered how exactly. I did buy a needle felt book but its in Japanese so it was more an inspirational purchase then an informational one Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2006 06:31:12 PM »

I want to know too!
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2006 08:10:14 PM »

Hey girls, I guess i am probably the least experienced in the needle felting bizness to explain but perhaps a bit of laymen's terms might help tonight.  Wink
there are different systems to the felting needle and the types. theres a few links in the resources page here. but basically, the coarser the needle the more abuse you can give it and your wool. if you were making a project with lots of detail and fine lines, -as well as a finer fibre, a fine needle would work perfectly. The star is different from a triangular needle, as it has more barbs, so essentially it felts things faster. oh dear- there are SO MANY better people that will answer this-- and it will make me sound like a total dork. hahaha. heres a greatl link for the wizpick needles, but it explains in better detail than I: http://www.wizpick.com/how_to_choose.htm   and this: http://www.wizpick.com/about_needlefelting.htm
hope that helps.  Smiley
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hiptobeme
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2006 08:50:09 PM »

hmmmm my needles dont have special assigned colors to them, but its a very good site Im just really really new to this and need someone to hold my hand and talk to me like Im 3 lol
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 04:26:44 AM »

Lexis description is really good. I just want to add one thing.
If you are making a bigger thing out of fine wool you might want to start with a coarse needle, progress to a medium when the fluffy fibers get a bit denser and finish it of with a fine one.
But there are no strict rules. Just try it and felt the way works best for you. Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2006 07:37:50 PM »

I agree with everything said so far. I always start with a coarse needle when I'm just "sketching" out the shape. When I'm going for really fine details- like eyes- I use the finest needle.  Sometimes when using the coarse needle all your wool ends up buried!

But you gotta experiment, you'll find a method that's comfortable for you.
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