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Topic: New to felting, is it possible to make ridges?  (Read 1022 times)
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« on: November 25, 2012 08:57:57 AM »

Hi, I just started felting and am having a great time needle felting different kinds of mushrooms. I made a chanterelle and the shape is right but If I could make the characteristic ridges on the underside of the cap and stem, It would be perfect. Here is a picture of a real chanterelle I found for reference.

I was thinking I could try embroidery floss. but I was just wondering if there was a better needle felting technique to create ridges.

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2013 07:42:30 AM »

I can help you out Smiley there are a number of nifty techniques. But basically on your felting needle at the bottom you have two barbs, (rivets) if you needle felt up to the first one you create a gentle drawing together of the fibres, push in up to the second in one area and you will pull the fibres much closer together and almost draw a line - or the ridges you are wanting to create.

The other way I create ridges is to take thin fishing wire or a see through thread and stitch a number of small running stitches in and out of the piece from top to bottom securing the thread at the top and then leaving the threads hanging at the bottom - so for instance you would probably have about 8 threads about 5mm apart running from top to bottom. When you have stitched them all in, pull the combined threads at the base and you will create the ridges and some interesting curves at the top too. When I can get on my computer I will show you my pumkins which also need the ridges. Hope that's helped x have fun and let me know if h need any more tips x
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2013 07:49:41 AM »

These are my pumpkins - the ridges are made using both using the hard second barb felting and pulling down some running stitches.
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013 12:15:50 PM »

Ridges are very possible. Starting with a stem which is medium firmness and at least twice the actual diameter that you want, start needling your ridges - it may make it easier to keep track of the depressions to use a small bit of alternate color fiber to establish your felting lines. Reduce the whole carefully. As the piece is reduce take an Exacto knife and gently slice in the depression between ridges (not too deep)

The reason you want to slice the fiber is lessen the chance that needling in the depression reduces the ridge more than you want. The cuts basically separate the fibers in each ridge giving you greater control. Hope that helps!!
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