I often describe needle felting as the ideal craft– it has a quick learning curve, requires minimal supplies and can be done almost anywhere. For this post, I want to go into the minimal supply aspect and talk about the three things that you’ll need to start needle felting.
- Needle felting needles
- Felting pad
Lots of different types of wool will work for needle felting, but some types felt quicker than others, which ultimately means less stabbing time for you. My go-to wool is Corriedale (or a Corriedale blend). These fibers are thicker and springier, qualities that allow the fibers to tangle more easily than a thinner, softer wool like Merino. But if you happen to have Merino wool lying around the house, you can still use it for needle felting– it will just take you a little longer to form the shape that you want. To save $ on supplies, I first create a “core” of white wool (less expensive) that I then cover with dyed wool (more expensive).
Here is a great sampler pack of dyed Corriedale wool for under $40, and here is a pound of white carded wool from an Etsy seller for under $20.
To get started, all you need are a few size 38 gauge felting needles. You can purchase them online here (4-pack) or here (bulk-QTY 30).
You may also want to consider the Clover Pen Tool. The pen holds three felting needles at the same time, which can moves your project along at a faster pace. But you wouldn’t want to use the pen tool for finer detail work.
And lastly, you will need a surface that will be able to standup against the sharp needle felting needles but also doesn’t break the needles. Most people, including me, use a foam pad. Something like this would provide a great work surface.