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Topic: brushes as a needle felting base instead of foam?  (Read 1737 times)
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« on: September 20, 2006 11:32:01 AM »

"Just about any brush can be used provided the bristles are trimmed to be flat. The brush I use is a 4 x 5 inch (10 x 12 cm) block. I lay it flat on the table or in my lap with the bristles facing up. You set the fabric on the brush and lay the fleece on top. When you punch, the force of the bristles is sufficient to support the fabric while the needle passes between the bristles (the bristles and the needle have the same vertical alignment)." quoted from chad wooters on feltingforum.com
has anyone seen a picture of this technique? i'm interested in if it works well.
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2006 08:47:48 PM »

I was just wondering about this today. I imagine it would alter your "flow" of motion for a while when you're getting used to the different resistance. I'm interested to hear from anyone who has used both foam and a brush.

« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2006 10:29:00 AM »

I've seen that Clover promotes using a brush under their new needle felting tool with the retracting cover. The two tools end up being expensive together...

The owner of my favourite fibre shop was very excited about this tool combo because he said that effect of sunken fibres in a foam backing (the stringies you sometimes get) doesn't happen with a brush. When I tried it at the shop there was much less resistance on the needles with the brush back than with foam. It might make the needles last longer as they aren't being dulled by foam.

I didn't buy those tools (had already spent too much that day) but am considering it next time I buy supplies.
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2006 09:09:35 AM »

yea- I JUST saw one of those clover brushes for needle felting. Although it was only about 4" x 4" so not a big surface..but worth a try.

« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2006 06:14:20 PM »

I've been using the Clover felting tool and brush cushions for a few weeks.  I love the felting tool.  Feels safer and I'm faster when using it.  I like the brush as a cushion.  The main reason I like it is I'm finding I can do edges better (for example edge of a disc or flower petal) and faster.  I've noticed more fuzzy texture, but I trim this.

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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006 06:17:23 AM »

ooh thanks for the input!
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006 06:20:27 AM »

I think that Hancok Fabrics had a needle/brush combo on sale a couple of months.  If you have one near you, you can sign up for their coupons.
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2006 08:21:54 AM »

My Clover punch tool uses a brush as the felting mat and it works really well. 

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