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« on: April 10, 2008 09:15:24 PM »

This looks like a great craft, and I'm really wanting to try it. 

How much wool would you recommend buying to start / try?  And what other basic supplies do I need?
Also, if I looked for supplies on ebay, what would I look under?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008 06:37:54 PM »

*WARNING*  This craft is extremely addicting.  *WARNING*

That said, welcome to felting!!  How much wool you should buy is kind wide open for suggestion.  It depends on whether you're wanting to try wet felting or needle felting or both and what kind of projects you're planning on starting with.  Most wet felting projects require more wool, though you can start out with some smaller things like beads which don't.  For needle felting, very little wool is needed to begin.  You can get small variety packs of colors on eBay and from online shops that would be good to just start playing with if you don't have a particular project in mind yet. 

Search on eBay for "wool roving".  For needle felting, I like corriedale and merino, and for wet felting just merino.  That's personal preference, others may prefer something else.  For needle felting, you'll need, of course, needles.  Search eBay for "felting needles".  I recommend a set of coarse and a set of fine.  There are more grades than that, but I got mine on eBay labeled that way and those mostly do what I need.  Not absolutely necessary but nice for needle felting is a foam pad of some kind to put the work on and not stab yourself.  I got a pack of foam from Walmart for maybe 4 bux with 4 pieces 1" thick.  For wet felting, you need something to lay the wool down on and roll it up in for the fulling process...I use either a reed shade from the Lowes clearance section or a piece of bubble wrap, depending on how big my project is.  Also, find a piece of netting big enough to cover whatever project you're doing.  Old lace curtains work well too.

You might consider buying a kit if you're interested in needle felting.  There are some really good ones out there and it's a quick and easy intro without having to pick out supplies.  That's what I did and ended up with a really decent, satisfying result my first try.  Though, of course, that does cost more.

I'm probably forgetting something, but honestly, I'm needle felting in between reading posts right now and using just some wool and one needle and the job is getting done just fine.  Though my fingers hurt in a few places Roll Eyes

Oh yeah...patience.  You definitely need some patience.  Gotta get me some of that myself.  Good luck/have fun!
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008 07:28:00 PM »

Thanks for the help.  I'm going to try needle felting.  Ideally animals, and woodland nymphs....depends on how good I am at it....lol.

Just for reference....if I order 1oz to try, is that enough, or would you suggest getting 3-4? or more?
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008 08:56:31 PM »

1 oz is plenty to try it out with, or you might want to drop down to 1/2 oz of a few different colors.  Believe me, the more colors you have to play around with, the better.  I've bought from Winderwood Farm on eBay before and had nothing but good experiences and he sells small bundle packs of colors if you decide to go that route.
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« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2008 10:33:06 AM »

Thanks!  Another question that has been buggin me.  How do you attach eyes?
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« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2008 02:31:36 PM »

Probably the same way you would with any softie, with needle and thread through the head (poor wee guys), but I've never tried it myself...I always felt eyes on mine.  Somebody else know?
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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2008 07:37:46 PM »

When I do stuffies, I use the eyes that come with the backing that you have to squeeze on.  Never tried even putting them on with a needle and thread.  So yes, anyone else with any ideas, they are all welcome.
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« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2008 10:41:50 PM »

Don't forget that there are these tutorials that craftsters have written
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=140465.0
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2008 09:50:11 AM »

I read through all the tutorials, before I asked how to put the eyes in.  I guess it will just have to be trial and error.
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« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2008 06:01:11 PM »

Now I need a store to get needles and everything from.

I went to my local wool store the Wool Emporium, and they only sell 2 different sized felting needles, in packs of 10 for 15.99   and a small bag of wool starts at 8.99. YIKES!!!

So any links to online stores would be very helpful  Grin
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