Not so many people are conversant with the word “felting”. Felting is the process of compressing or condensing fiber together so as to produce objects of art, fashion or decoration. Such objects could be animals, flowers, household shapes and any other item that fascinates you. It is an interesting process an individual can pick up as a hobby or form of skill acquisition. Felting can be performed using felting machine or needle felting. This article will focus on “needle felting”. Needle felting is the transformation of fiber into objects using a sharp barbed needle. The necessary materials needed for needle felting include; fiber, felting needle, and a felting board which could be any type of board that is hard and flat. If you are really interested to know more about felting and felting related products, I would suggest you to check out felting wool forum , this forum has many members who are really very helpful to get some creative ideas around felting.
The first step in felting is the selection of the fiber you want to use which comes in different types and colors. It is always better to go for a color that will suite the object or item you want to produce. After selecting your fiber, you then cut the fiber to the desired size you will require for your production. You can cut your fiber by gradually pulling it from both sides without the use of force. It is advisable for beginners to start with a little amount of fiber so that carving your desired shape for the intended object will be easy.
Secondly, roll your fiber into the shape of the desired object you want to produce, at the same time poking the fiber with the felting needle. The felting needle helps in tucking the loose ends of the fiber and also helps in pressing the fiber together in a tight manner. Make sure that the poking process is done on a felting board or surface so as to minimize injuries that could arise from poking yourself. Felting boards make the shaping of the fiber easier. If for instance, you want to felt an orange, roll your fiber in the shape of an orange and keep poking it with your felting needle to tuck all loose ends and to starch the fiber together. Common mistakes beginners usually make is poking the fiber not deep enough. The felting needle should be poked deeply into the fiber and it should be poked straightly up and down.
Furthermore, the poking process should be done continuously and speedily until the fibers start to bond together and you notice your desired shape getting better. When you have finally transformed the fiber into a felt, you can stop the poking process. It is important to note that to get a good felt, the poking of the needle into the fiber should be done properly.
In conclusion, needle felting is not a process to be done in a hurry. It requires precision and carefulness. Anytime you are in the process of felting and you feel tired or less concentrated, you can leave the felting process and always return back at a much convenient time. Felting is not an art that can be mastered in one day, it requires constant practice and dedication.