Needle felt can be described as the easiest and quickest way to add embellishment to plain felted knitting. Needle felting fuses a layer of fiber onto the base fiber which is also known as the felted fabric.
Process of needle felting
To begin with, needle felting requires gathering a few supplies, which should be cheaply available at the local craft store. In order for the needles to go through the fiber a needle felting brush should be used because it is less likely to damage the needles. Additionally having wool roving of various colors can be important when cutting out the pieces of felt. There are various other items used in needle felting and they include kits, fire blunders, needle felting machines, a piece of foam and a sponge. The felt needles should be extremely sharp and children should not be allowed anywhere near them. A felt needle holder should be used to hold the surface layers of the needles. Needle felting has a different meaning from felting and with needle felting it does not require any water or soap and the task is accomplished by felting needles so that they can be used to add additional fibers and to decorate garments and fabric. The decoration of the fabric can only be done on materials that are felted or that require to be knitted or crocheted. Fulling which is also known as knitfeling can be achieved through knitting a garment and then shrinking the garment. After knitting, the garment should be filled with stiches.
Many people confuse felt making with felting and it is important that they understand that it means that the individual is working with fiber which in most cases is the sheep’s wool felt, there is no knitting and only weaving is involved. Soap and water are important ingredients used in the process of weaving.