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Topic: Newbie question: Is felt the only fabric I can needle felt on?  (Read 12790 times)
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« on: February 05, 2010 11:22:03 AM »

Hello! I'm a new needle felter. I've done one design on a square of felt with fibers from a kit that turned out very pretty (I just uploaded the pic to my gallery: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=328093&ppuser=207788), and I've done a little bunny out of felt fibers too. My question is, do I always have to use felt as my material to needle felt on, if I'm felting over a pattern, or can you needle felt onto any fabric? I know that the felt sticks because the wool fibers lock with the felt fibers so I'm assuming the answer is yes, felt is the only material you can needle felt onto. But then what do you do with the felt squares that you've put the pattern on?

Thank you in advance for your help!
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2010 01:37:32 PM »

I don't have direct experience with this, but at the craft store I've seen books showing needle felting on polar fleece and denim.  I never tried it though.  Hopefully someone else will chime in soon!
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010 08:31:57 AM »

You can pretty much needle felt onto any fabric background.  That is the part of the fun of needle felting thinking of what you could put designs on.
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2010 10:46:42 PM »

Jenku, I was going to ask pretty much the same question!  I have a linen skirt I am thinking about dressing up and I had heard you can felt any natural fibre but was going to confirm.  I hope you have made good use of this new knowledge!

So much to make, so little time!
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010 03:14:29 AM »

I've felted onto an acrylic cardigan - though the fabric was a bit too stretchy so it didn't turn out too well - but it did stick securely so I can't actually undo it *lol*. The wool fibres don't really stick to the fabric if it's not an animal fibre, but they do get poked through and stick to each other, front and back. If it seems a little loose, try going over the reverse side with the needle to really wrap the fibres into the fabric.

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010 05:09:16 PM »

Stretchy fabric won't work too well, because the surface will keep moving.
The fiber will want to work it's way out of the fabric.
Another thing to keep in mind, is if you are working on a thick fabric (such as denim) you will blunt your felting needles rather quickly.
One way to overcome that, is to needle felt a "patch" to then sew onto the thicker material.
Ie, needle felt your design on some cotton or wool fabric, cut it out, and sew it onto the denim.

« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2010 02:57:05 PM »

my experience has been anything made with animal fiber can be felted on   

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