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Stakie
« on: July 24, 2013 06:32:25 AM »

So, it's been a few days as I have been researching about felting. I am finally up to buying one this week. I wanted to know where to buy the best supplies/kit?

I have three main craft stores in my area:
Ac moore
Michaels
Jo annes

I also have a fabric outlet and another mom and pop store in the area (but I think they are more canvas and clay).

Would any of those craft stores be a good place to stock up? I will be heading to Ac moore later today. (Since I have awesome coupons to buy stuff with!)

If I have to buy items separately rather than in a premade kit, what are the most important things to get?

Any information is much appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2013 05:15:24 AM »

Needle or wet felting??

I think you will probably find a larger selection of kits looking online. They are a good way to try out needle and/or wet felting as you minimize the investment into materials until you know whether or not you like it.

I am not familiar with AC Moore.
Last time I was at a Michaels they had nothing related to felting (except a few books).
JoAnn's carries Clover's felting supplies, but I don't recall there being kits (which could be that I wasn't looking for them).

For wet felting, you just need fiber, bubblewrap and dish soap. There are a lot of types of fiber and they can have a different feel, felt a bit differently etc.

For Nuno felting you'd need the same things as for wet felting plus some light weight natural fabric such as silk or cotton.

For needle felting you need a good work surface, needles and fiber. For just starting out, using a dense foam pad makes the most sense, but isn't the best work surface. I suspect that craft stores that sell fiber for felting are probably selling Corriedale. It's a good fiber for a beginning needle felted. Needles - there are a lot of different needles available, but for just starting out buying 5 of one size (#38star or a medium gauge needle) will be enough.

If you discover that you really like felting, there are better places to buy supplies online than brick and mortar craft stores. If you would like to know my favorite places to get supplies, send me a private message.

Good Luck!!! =^..^=
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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2013 12:29:19 AM »

I didn't even know there was such a thing as wet felting! But I found AC moore has a few essentials. I got a small foamblock and two needles in a little kit for 2.53 and some felt for another 2.53. Though I think I got the wrong kind!

I am wanting to try felting acorns. That's what got me interested anyway. But in the future I would love to try all the little animal kits and such. I saw the most adorable little hedgehog kit.

What's the difference with wet felting? Is that for different types of items?
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« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2013 05:26:37 AM »

Wet felting is done with water and dish soap (or olive soap) rather than using felting needles.

To make acorns you would bunch a small quantity of fiber in your palms, wet it with hot water and a bit of soap and roll it in your hands until it is forming a nice ball. Then you would begin manipulating the ball into an acorn shape. Once you have the shape you want, you would rinse the fiber to be clean of soap, reshape it and let it dry.

It takes a bit of experience to learn to judge how much fiber you need, but you should be able to learn that quickly.

Did you buy craft felt cloth?? (guessing from your comment that you got the wrong kind)

Wet and needle felting is done with loose fibers (and there are so many kinds).

Animals are more likely to be made with needle felting.
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Stakie
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2013 06:43:35 AM »

I was looking right at the loose fibers too! I got a 'sheet' like of felt. I was just pulling it apart to see if that would work. I spent well over an hour trying to felt it. Don't think  did a very good job. Will probably go back today or tomorrow to get some loose fibers.

May have to try wet felting too. Do you suggest any soap or oil in particular?

Oh my goodness, I have seen so many cute animals felted! It makes em want to do them more and more!
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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2013 10:36:12 AM »

Dawn dish soap works well for wet felting. Any dish soap you have on hand will probably work.


Craft felt sheets have already been felted and if you can tear them apart, they have not been felted very well and probably have only a minimum of animal fiber. Craft felt sheets are made of many different things including recycled plastic bottles. Craft felt sheets that have a high wool content generally are thicker, denser and should not be easy to pull apart and are not what you want.

You want the loose fibers.

Hope that helps! =^..^=
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Stakie
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2013 06:08:44 PM »

They were not particularly easy to pull apart but, meh. Yeah, I plan on getting some fiber wool soon. You have been a big help. Thank you so much!
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