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mayerlove
« on: August 26, 2005 10:06:28 PM »

1. what size (gauge) needle should a beginner use?

2. do they sell felting needles at jo-anne's?

3. any tips for a beginner?

4. would anyone like to trade a felting needle for a little bauble?
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2005 03:22:30 PM »

Depends on what you want to make.  If you like some of the things in Completed projects, you might ask for a tutorial.   If you are interested in nuno felting (needling fiber into another fabric) or flat pieces I'd be happy to do a tutorial, but haven't taken the time with no requests and so few folks looking at my work.

I live in rural MN, USA and the Jo Ann's in this area does not yet carry felting needles -- however the local Ben Franklin Crafts does.  The needles are about $1-2  each.

If you want to make 3D critters, soft sculpture, etc.  here is a link to free instruction with nice photos, naay - though am a good customer and get my needles and lots of roving from Mielke's

http://www.mielkesfarm.com/ladybug_dir.htm

Enjoy and good luck.

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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2005 07:33:23 PM »

thanks for replying!  Smiley

i don't think the local jo-ann's carries felting needles, and that's the only store realtivly close to me that would carry them. would you like to trade for a needle, or i could send a few dollars? (my parents don't have credit cards, so i can't order them online.  Undecided )

i would love a tutorial on flat pieces, i think i get how to do the soft critter things.

thanks again!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2005 06:02:19 AM »

You are very welcome!  The more needlers, the better, IMHO.

Ah, the light dawns.  I now get your needle dilemma.  We could most likely work out a trade.  Grin

Though you will need more than a needle -

To do flat needle felting (either stand alone or into fabric)
You need--

at least a 1 inch deep foam cushion for a work station - to protect the table top

wool fiber that felts easily - batt is the best, roving is good, wool yarn often works too -
 **note: superwash or washable roving and yarns do not felt well


it is easiest to start with a wool fabric base (can be woven, knit or crocheted)  if you are going to needle into fabric.


Do you have access to these?  I could send some batt and roving if you cannot get those.  The others you most likely can get- though wool yarn can be elusive.

Also do you have access to public library? I learned to needle felt by reading a couple of books and could go find them and give you info if that would help.

Let me know.   You will soon be needle felting!!!!!!  Hurrah!


PS just posted a purse with a NF flap to give you and idea of how I use this technique to embellish  sewn creations-  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=50939.0   
Is that the sort of thing you are wanting to do?  If not, Also added a link to some of my fiber art work in my profile- so if you click on "on the art scene" you can see more of my work.  A number of those are  needle felted, if there is something you want to try, let me know and I can post it in completed  projects with information and possibly add a tutorial.  HTH
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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2005 10:36:01 AM »

getting roving is hard for me, but i can get a foam pad!

i have not found any books on felting at my library, i've looked! so i have to look on the internet to see if any of the other libraries in my area have any. then i can request them to my library. i'll look on your profile now!
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2005 11:08:04 AM »

jm2luver21,  OK!!  so far so good.  I'll look up the book info, just in case your library can order them.  Am thinking we could do a "needle feld along" if you would like.  We could start with a ball to hold your needles (will send you two - one workhorse and one finisher).  And then do a small flat piece - a mug rug coaster, doily sort of piece.  That will actually be enough for you to see how it works and you can spring board to many other items from that start.  Your enthusiam may bring out interest from others too (and even if it is just us two, that is OK).  If this sounds good to you I'll start working on a tutorial with photos.  (It may take a few days, as will need to fit it around harvest and canning chores), but should have something by the time the supplies get to you.   PM me info on how to get the supplies to you and what you would like to trade for two needles and some roving.
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« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2005 11:39:47 AM »

you are absolutly WONDERFUL! so inspiring.
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« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2005 01:58:43 PM »

Well gosh thanks!!  Me thinks you have the desire and I have a bit of knowledge and like to share so this ought to work out fine.

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The book that was most useful to me was:

 Ayala Talpu  "The Felting Needle:  from Factory to Fantasy,  second ed 2001; published by Diligence Woodwork & Design,   ISBN # 0-9706453-0-9

my learning style is "get the facts, know the why behind the do"  --  she gives basic info and techniques - the effect on the fiber of different strokes.   After the basic strokes she went onto projects.
 
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Someone who  learns  better by just doing it and working on projects might prefer:

Anne Einset Vickrey,  "Needle Felting: Art Techniques and Projects", published by Craft Works Pub. 2002  (www.feltcrafts.com)  ISBN 0-9619053-2-8

After a fews words of background it jumps into simple projects, starting with flat needle felting.  There are info bites that help you learn about fiber and needle choices as you progress through the project.

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There are other books available - but these are two to me are quite helpful to novice level and begining needle felter.

HTH

Anyone else out there have books to recommend?  Would love to have you add them.  Thanks
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2005 10:48:43 AM »

This is very helpful. I'm definitely interested in learning more.
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2005 11:45:19 AM »

Super!! 

I'm working on some introductory information and supplies list.  Will get that up in the next few days in a new topic for our "needle along" or "punch along" or "stab and shout" (for when you miss the wool and puncture your finger or go through the wool and into your finger')

Any suggestions for a title? 
needle along - for the novice,
punch along - dry felt 101
stab and shout, never needle felt in your lap

Am hoping some of the other felters will join in as well and share some of their ideas and comments. 
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« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2005 05:49:03 AM »

The Needling for Newbies topic is open.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=51271.0

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mayerlove
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2005 01:34:13 PM »

good title! Wink
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