So you want to find out about needle felting? Well, you're in the right place. It's really a fun craft - inexpensive too, AND you don't get your hands wet until after you've finished the design.
As the title says, you do it with needles. Sharp ones...with barbs on! So be very careful not to poke yourself, as they HURT! Yes - I speak from experience!
The barbs on the needles work to mesh or tangle together the fibers both on the way in and out.
You can also needle felt dimensional projects. What I mean is, you can make 3D figures from fiber too, just by rolling up fibers and poking the felting needle through in different directions. But, this doesn't really apply to purse making, so we'll leave it there.
Felting needles come mainly in 3 sizes - 36, 38 and 40 gauge, though you can get other sizes from more specialist stores. 36 is the thickest, and leaves the largest holes or indentations.
As the needle number gets bigger the actual needle size gets smaller. I like to use a 38 gauge for most of the design, then finish up with the 40 gauge all over to smooth out the surface.
What do you need to get started? I'll tell you right now!
I like to say that needle felting is just like painting with fiber. I guess what I'm trying to say is that you do need some kind of artistic ability to do well with this craft, but give it a try. You never know...it could be your perfect medium!
As you see above, it's not like you need to spend an arm and a leg to give it a try, but I loved it so much, I just had to jump in with both feet and get hold of plenty of colors, just in case.
Basically - all you need to do is...
After that, your needle felted design will be ready for use or wear. Try embellishing with beads or buttons, even ribbons or embroidery for a one of a kind project.
Needle felting lends it self perfectly to creating bags, as you can work any design that takes your fancy. Take your inspiration from nature, architecture, kids, food, animals, anything that interests you.
Take time to explore the art of needle felting - you just might love it!