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wet felting or needle felting?

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waitandseepudding Sat 29-Sep-12 21:57:04

So I fancy trying a new craft and like the idea of felting but I'm not sure which route.
I can knit but not that funny thing with one hook crochet and I realise that needle felting will need new 'kit' and money's a bit tight at the mo.
Which is more versatile? I'd like to make some christmas bits (maybe decorations for the tree) and presents for relatives (usually just tokens) and db and sil are expecting dc1 nxt yr and another db getting married so thinking ahead.
TIA

NorksAreMessy Sat 29-Sep-12 23:16:10

Wet felting needs no special kit and I am happy to send you some starter fluff.
If you make a shape with plastic bag, felt both sides and make a slit n it, you could make itsy stockings easily.

Needle felting takes longer, but can be more intricate (see dog on profile)

I do a bit of both - I go to a monthly felting group, and learned wet-felting there first, and went on to doing some needle felting as well - I just have a small selection of needles and a pad, that weren't expensive or difficult to find. I use biscuit cutters as forms for the needle felting - for example, I take a heart shaped cutter, put the fleece in it, and needle felt it until it's firm, and it comes out in the shape of the cutter.

It's a fascinating craft, and so satisfying too, as you see the fabric emerge and know that you have made something unique. And there are such lovely colours of fleece available, too.

SoupDragon Sun 30-Sep-12 13:44:42

I so want to try this. There are so many other things I want to do as well though and not enough time!

waitandseepudding Sun 30-Sep-12 15:06:28

Ooh thanks norks grin
soupdragon I feel your pain, I just have the luxury penny pinching end of mat leave and so I'm trying to make the most of it! Plus if I don't go bonkers in the craft shop I need a cheaper xmas!
SDTG I really like the cookie cutter idea. smile

Mners are so clever!

<raids kitchen cupboard and tries to resist urge to spend small fortune in overpriced but readily available recently opened crafty shop>

NorksAreMessy Sun 30-Sep-12 18:31:41

have PMmed you wait

WineGoggles Tue 02-Oct-12 16:22:10

My general guide is if it's small and intricate I needle felt it, but if it's bigger I wet felt. Or combine the two.

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Oct-12 21:46:58

wait you might need to frisk the postie tomorrow smile

waitandseepudding Tue 02-Oct-12 22:01:06

Oooh, norks, you've clearly never met our postie. grin
Will have to bribe persuade dh nicely to look after the dds so I can get cracking!

SoupDragon Tue 02-Oct-12 22:16:36

get cracking on felting or on frisking the postman?

CurlyhairedAssassin Tue 02-Oct-12 22:26:50

Is it just me or does anyone else want to sniffer at thought of "wet felting"?

grin

CurlyhairedAssassin Tue 02-Oct-12 22:27:25

Sniffer?????? Snigger, obvs

NorksAreMessy Tue 02-Oct-12 22:39:20

curly are you desiring to sniff some wet felt...it can be arranged smile

Stitchthis Wed 03-Oct-12 21:52:11

Needle felting all the way - I love it - quick, cathartic after a bad day and everyone seems to like it. I've just finished this and my DS haven't left it alone... Have a go

waitandseepudding Thu 04-Oct-12 19:39:28

Oooh Norks you lovely, lovely person. My parcel of fluffiness and sparkly things arrived today.
Thank you, thank you, thank you
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NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 11:24:55

Absolutely my pleasure...not much christmas coloured fluff, but I hope it was inspiring.
Happy feltifying smile

MrsBovary Fri 05-Oct-12 14:24:18

I use a mixture of both, sometimes on the same project. Agree that needle felting is good for intricate details and finishing.

NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 15:14:17

But wet felting is nice and messy and tactile and you can make BIG things quickly.
I agree, it is not either / or and I embellish and add and sew bits on as well.

Oohh, I need to go and play with some fluff smile

dikkertjedap Fri 05-Oct-12 21:50:16

I was wondering could you use it to make skirts/dresses?

NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:18:34

Well, in theory, yes.
You could make a huuuuuuuuuuge piece of wet felt in the shape of a clo (singular of clothes) smile
And then needle felt decoration on.

Hmmmm,
OR you could KNIT the thing you wanted to wear and then wash it in a mega hot machine so that it felts,

What do you have in mind...I am intrigued hmm

dikkertjedap Fri 05-Oct-12 22:31:21

Well, there are those lovely Giesswein (or something like that) felt houseshoes and I was wondering of making a red felt skirt with fairys/toad stools/old oak tree type things (lot of work I know for one skirt, but would probably look lovely).

I am good at knitting, but this is not the type of stuff to knit using normal wool, too difficult, plus probably not as good.

NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:38:18

You might be better just BUYING the base felt fabric and then embellishing with wondrous creatures in needle felt.
Making the felt would be expensive and time consuming, and for the base layer would not be as strong or regular as bought base layer

dikkertjedap Fri 05-Oct-12 22:39:34

Thanks, going to try that.

NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:42:36

www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Wool-Mix-Felt-Fabric-Half-Metre-x-36-wide-choice-of-colours-01-29-/250889788069?pt=UK_Crafts_Fabric_Textiles_SM&var=550045978789&hash=item3a6a325aa5

Please show me the results...it sound FAB!

NorksAreMessy Fri 05-Oct-12 22:43:55

You will probably need to line it, or it might stretch/tear.
All over machine embroidery in lines/swirls would help to stabilize it.

I want to PLAY smile

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