Needle felting sampler


Honey, I shrank the kids vest!

I just couldn't give up on that teal colored wool vest (or maybe not all wool) that I wrote about here.

The color is too perfect, just what I need for my January page of the Bead Journal Project...so this time I boiled the heck out of it on the stove. Using a couple of long metal spoons, I agitated the pot for about half an hour, dipping the whole soggy mess twice into cold water baths. It did not shrink too much more from the washing machine experiment, but it did shrink some. Enough for me to call it a keeper.  

This is part of said vest, above, used as a base for a little needle felting sampler.  Although you can still see the knitting stitches in the vest material, I like it because of the texture.  Pardon the odd assortment of colors - I was going for contrast, not *art*.  The wool, yarns & fibers I played with are left to right:  hand spun wool-something that I traded for in a swap; Noro yarn (wool/mohair/silk, from Japan); hand dyed Wensleydale locks; Cascade Yarns (all wool, from Italy); hand dyed silk (throwster's waste); Merino wool roving (spiral dyed).

This was my first venture into the world of needle felting and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to tack everything down.  Lots of that ease had to do with this little gizmo:

This is a "pen style" needle felting tool, made by Clover, which is fitted at the moment with three needles but you can use only two, or even one needle, depending on the details of your hand work. I chose this style especially for its grip since I am blessed with grandma's hands, arthritis and all. You've gotta watch out for these puppies though - I think the word "barbed" is an understatement.

One last observation before I get back to the worktable...Merino roving is definitely the cat's meow!  (Apology to my dawg, sorry woofie.)  The way the roving behaves while its being felted is unlike any of the other materials I used and since you can pull off even the slightest little wisps of wool, the possibilities for subtlety and the layering of color are going to be a whole world unto themselves.

Till next time...


  1. I have not done any felting yet. After seeing your process here, I think I just might try needle felting. I can see the ability to create an amazing array of colors. I look forward to your next post.

  2. This is going to be very cool! Or maybe warm, considering that it used to be a sweater.
    Marty S
    Crackpot Beader

  3. Seeing your post makes me want to get the roving out. Ooooh! I just had a marvelous idea! Not for BJP, but a private project I'm working on. I could be in trouble here. LOL. Can't wait to see this finished.

  4. I wish I could spend a few months in the USA, just to do the workshops you have available. I love you work and thank goodness for the internet that allows me not only to see yours and everyone elses lovely work but lets me participate too.
    Diane -sydsider- Australia

  5. I absolutely love the colors - look forward to seeing where you go with this! It's fun to read about your felting process, too, as I'm not familiar with that. Fun stuff!

  6. Well!!! Didn't you just have a playday with this handy gizmo, your old teal vest, and various feltable fibers!!!! Fun to see your results. No work of art? Ha! I think is quite viewer friendly, even though you didn't intend it to be. I bet it feels good too!

    Robin a.