A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.

Random Tip: You can organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 313,578
Currently Running With Scissors:
281 Guests and 7 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: felting newbie: Needle felting is so tiring!  (Read 2564 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
Offline Offline

Posts: 18
Joined: 20-Dec-2011

just a little bit quackers!

View Profile
« on: May 17, 2013 04:05:33 AM »

I recently tried needle felting for the first time and winged it  Wink

it turned out ok, except i have to say alot of effort goes into these things!
I only made a small figure and it literally took a full 5 hours to do.
My arm was sooooo tired by the end of it.

How do you get through needle felting a project without ending up with arms like Popeye?
... im right handed, ... so more like a lopesided Popeye  Cheesy

« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2013 10:18:55 PM »

Yes, needle felting takes a lot of work and a lot of pokes. A big reason why they are so expensive to buy as a craft.  The best way to make it easier is to get comfortable. Find the right hight to work on, find a chair with arm rests and ignore the lopsided extra muscles forming Wink

Natural living Mama of three boys and a beautiful girl...
I blog about my crafts (needle felting and spinning) parenting, recipes and more.
Offline Offline

Posts: 587
Joined: 22-Feb-2011

Author of "Needle Felting - to the Point"

View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013 07:11:49 AM »

Using larger needles (#36s & #38stars) to start a piece can help increase firmness more quickly.

Squeezing the fibers as you needle also will help to increase the firmness more quickly.

What work surface are you using?

You're unique! Just like everyone else!!
Prittens and other needle felted creatures
CraftArtEDU - exception classes from exceptional instructors
Intimate Forest - my oil paintings
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013 04:46:23 PM »

when you are doing the larger areas use more than one needle. You can use as many needles as the handle holds but you don't need to use all of the holes just two or three, what ever works for the size. please don't give up...it is so much fun.
Toes wrapped in wool, fingers wrapped in clay
Offline Offline

Posts: 888
Joined: 30-Dec-2012

Hanging out in the woods

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2013 01:42:37 PM »

Don't start with merino - it's a very long shed and though creates beautiful pieces is not a good starter.
Use a good carded - but not combed (it will look like batting" as the base of your piece - it's flesh and bones so to speak, then use fibres like Icelandic - mush shorter and courser (will feel rougher than merino) to start to add texture and colour to your piece .
Definitely invest in needle holders and definitely have a good multi needle - I find a four needle holder good for large areas.
Tell you what - cos it's Christmas, if you would like, pm me your address and I will send you some of my fleece that I dye every year, it delta very quickly and will gain you some confidence Smiley x


LATEST project - I'm compiling a "handed down" recipes boom and so if I get you in a swap, would you be so kind to find a recipe from your childhood. type it up - if you want to decorate, then please do :

There was a woman who felted
And felted all day long
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2015 04:25:08 AM »

Try using a felting pen!! I use a three pronged pen by clover.  I posted a video about my favorite needle felting tools here:  https://youtu.be/RISoDbdPN60

But yes, needle felting is time consuming and kind of labor intensive.  One way to get around it in the beginning is to make your projects smaller.  Then they will take less time and you will be able to see your results faster!
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
February 21, 2018 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Ribbon Scarf
The Birds and The Bees

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2018, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.