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« on: May 16, 2013 02:35:15 PM »

I tried looking through old threads but I'm sorry if this has been posted before. I'm wondering how squishy everyone's felted animals are. Everything I needle felt ends up really squishy and soft, and doesn't look or feel as compact and other people's work does. I have no idea why this is, because it doesn't have much to do with time, as even pieces I've spent ages working on still feel very loose and shapeless. Help? Thank you!
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013 10:14:46 PM »

Mine were squishy at first and like you said it was not about time...

Try using a bigger needle to do the core, the bigger the needle (lower gauge) the less pokes you will need to do to compact the fibres. The more compact the fibres are the less they will shift when manipulated and the shape will stay consistant with handling. You really want ther to be very little give when you poke it so that it will keep its shape. it will also make it easier to get less fuzzies Smiley  hope that helps....
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013 07:08:27 AM »

What size needles are you using?
What fiber are you using?

Needles such as #36s or #38stars can help to firm fiber more quickly. #38s have a total of 8 barbs on the blade which helps to more/compact more fiber. #36s needles have larger barbs and can move more fiber.

Are you rolling up your fiber tightly before you start needling?
Squeezing the piece as you needle can also help to speed compacting the fibers.


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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2014 01:30:54 PM »

Sorry, I know this is belated, but real life got in the way and then I forgot my username and password.  Tongue

Thank you, both of you. I'll try getting a bigger needle, it might solve the issue. That really helps.
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