The great thing about needle felting is that it needn’t be expensive.
Felting Needles – These barbed, specialist needles are essential to this art and are not the same thing as sewing needles. To learn more about different needle types, click here.
- A selection of glass eyes, beads or buttons that can be used as eyes.
- Finger guards – trust me on this one! They take a bit of getting used to but save a lot of pain and bloodshed.
- A needle holder – I particularly recommend the pen-style holders that keep the needles close together.
- Embroidery scissors (the very sharp ones) – for cutting threads, trimming fibres on your finished products and occasionally hacking away at over-felted items.
- A selection of sewing needles and threads (I actually use embroidery silks as they tend to be stronger and come in a wide range of easily re-orderable colours).
- A doll-maker’s needle – these are thick, strong and very long needles used by doll makers and are ideal for sewing through thick, dense felted shapes if you want to attach a limb.
- Plastic, airtight, sealable sandwich bags – the type that press closed – for moth-proof storage of fibres.
- Glue – fabric glue is good, but does take time to dry. To help fix on eyes or keep the fibre inside a pot etc.
- A pair of jewellery-making wire cutters (for trimming wire/ pipe cleaner armature).
Handy to have equipment
- A magnet (to help locate the ends of broken needles)
- A pair of jewellery-making pliers (for when you’re sewing on eyes or limbs etc – if you’re using a fine needle a pair of pliers will help you grab the sharp end without hurting yourself.)
- A selection of ribbons, materials, beads etc for decoration.