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« on: May 17, 2013 04:05:33 AM »

I recently tried needle felting for the first time and winged it  Wink

it turned out ok, except i have to say alot of effort goes into these things!
I only made a small figure and it literally took a full 5 hours to do.
My arm was sooooo tired by the end of it.

How do you get through needle felting a project without ending up with arms like Popeye?
... im right handed, ... so more like a lopesided Popeye  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013 10:18:55 PM »

Yes, needle felting takes a lot of work and a lot of pokes. A big reason why they are so expensive to buy as a craft.  The best way to make it easier is to get comfortable. Find the right hight to work on, find a chair with arm rests and ignore the lopsided extra muscles forming Wink
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013 07:11:49 AM »

Using larger needles (#36s & #38stars) to start a piece can help increase firmness more quickly.

Squeezing the fibers as you needle also will help to increase the firmness more quickly.

What work surface are you using?
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013 04:46:23 PM »

when you are doing the larger areas use more than one needle. You can use as many needles as the handle holds but you don't need to use all of the holes just two or three, what ever works for the size. please don't give up...it is so much fun.
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013 01:42:37 PM »

Don't start with merino - it's a very long shed and though creates beautiful pieces is not a good starter.
Use a good carded - but not combed (it will look like batting" as the base of your piece - it's flesh and bones so to speak, then use fibres like Icelandic - mush shorter and courser (will feel rougher than merino) to start to add texture and colour to your piece .
Definitely invest in needle holders and definitely have a good multi needle - I find a four needle holder good for large areas.
Tell you what - cos it's Christmas, if you would like, pm me your address and I will send you some of my fleece that I dye every year, it delta very quickly and will gain you some confidence Smiley x
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