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« on: January 09, 2014 06:31:30 PM »

I finally pulled the trigger and ordered my first bump of wool..  I hope I don't get burned out on Felting.. LOL..

Next task is getting a bulk order of Felting needles, I'm tired of buying those expensive Clover branded ones. I wanted to buy 1000 star needles from Foster but I don't have a TAX ID yet.. Anyone on recommendation on Needle supplier that has great prices?

Thanks in Advance..

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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014 06:09:04 AM »

I don't have a supplier to offer you, but I do want to say, Congratulations!! that's a fun step, buying the great big order. 

Though, your mention of the star needles, do you prefer them over the triangle ones?
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014 07:05:36 AM »

Ken, what's a bump?
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014 06:29:07 PM »

Missing Willow, the Bump I'm getting is 29lb of Domestic 56s Wool Top.. Bumps vary depending on the equipment being used during combing

For example, here's a link to a picture..
http://www.odt.co.nz/files/story/2011/12/a_sliver_of_wool_from_a_carding_machine_is_combed__4ed72757e6.JPG

here the definition of a Bump..
Bump  Describes a unit of measure for larger quantities of processed wool. Bumps are processed with a hole in the middle as a result of the fiber being wound into cans at the end of the combing process.

Belladune, I don't have a lot of experience with the various types of felting needles.. But the Star one seem super durable as I haven't broken any of them since I got a sample from Foster in mid-November.. I also tried the Foster Twisted 40 needle, didn't real care for it since I prefer a more aggressive needle. I want to try the Twisted 36 but they were out of them.. Foster had quoted me $305 for 1000 of the 36 star, probably a lifetime supply if I didn't try to sell them. Which is so much cheaper in the long run then buying that 5 pack of Clover at the local shop for $7.50 when your in a bind..

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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014 06:42:02 PM »

Wow, that's a lot!  Will you be doing some dyeing?
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014 06:59:23 PM »

Yup, over the holiday break from my day job.. I started the dye adventure, still working on my technique and trying to get consistent colors. My only experience is with using the WashFast dyes from ProChem.. I do think that I probably need to break down and buy a set of the Grey Dye Spoons for measuring the dyes for the consistence of the colors..

There is so much that I want to get but I just need to pace myself.. Long term wish is for a Drum Carding machine Grin

At this rate, I might have to join FA (Felter's Anonymous) LOL.. Hi, my name is Ken.. I'm a Felter..

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« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2014 06:36:05 AM »

I figured they'd be sturdier.. I'm able to get star needles (in 36, 38 and 40) at 65 cents a piece, and triangle ones at 50 cents.  I'm constantly breaking triangle needles.  I guess I'm a little overly aggressive when I'm felting.  I figured they'd be sturdier.  I'll give them a go this time.  Thanks, Ken!
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« Reply #7 on: January 12, 2014 05:37:16 AM »

I get my needles from here:

http://members.peak.org/~spark/FineFiberNeedles.html#Needles

I don't believe they have a 36star - they do have a 38star which is one of my favorites.

I like the fact that the barbs are always positioned close to the point (which isn't true on all needles). Over the years I have purchased needles from a variety of sources and found that there is a great variety in the quality of needles and placement of barbs.

Star needles have the advantage of having four edges per blade. That's 8 barbs on a star needle as compared to 6 barbs on triangular needles. (but not all needles have 2 barbs per edge)

Belladune - how do you hold your needles?? The further away from the point that you hold your needles increases the possibility that you will break needles.
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« Reply #8 on: January 12, 2014 06:25:15 AM »

I've always held them really near the end.  I'll try holding them farther down, since breaking needles is incredibly frustrating!
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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2014 02:04:50 PM »

WOW.. I ordered the Bump on Thursday after 5pm and I had a 30Lb bump at my door today.. of course, it was "local" Boston to Vermont..



I have a heavy duty "Lazy Susan" that I going to use to unwinding the wool when needed...

<Evil Voice> Now, what to do with all of this wool!</Evil Voice>   Grin
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