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Feltmaking

  • Simple and effective Christmas Wreath decorations made from Merino Wool Tops by Cara and Jo Barrell. How to Make the Christmas Wreath You will need a framework on which to attach the wool tops, and these can be found in floristry sections in garden centres. If you can't find one, you can bend a wire coat hanger into a circle, leaving the hook a

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  • Wild Rose Escapes run craft, wild cookery and relaxation holidays and courses in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland. Their courses include natural dyeing and felt making. We invited owner Rosie to tell us a little more about their craft holidays. "I have been running craft courses in the Highlands of Scotland for over 7 years now and since the

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  • Prepared Wool Fibres Wool fibres that have been washed and carded into a roving are commonly known as Wool Tops. The fibres are prepared so that the wool tops are consistent in their staple length and count. The Bradford count of fibre fineness is sometimes used in the UK to define a wool top: the higher the count, the finer the top. The staple len

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  • These luxurious Fibrecrafts fibres are available in a variety of forms and each is the result of different stages in the silk production. The silk fibres can be dyed to vibrant colours using Acid dyes and the reflective light qualities of the fibre add further dimensions. These silk tops have been hand-dyed and are available in 8 different colours.

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  • We love these needle felted animals created by Coralie and Phil Miles. This is their first attempt and we can't wait to see how their skills progress! Coralie used to work here with us before she retired. She is a keen spinner (see her skein samples and her freeform crocheted bag) and crafts person, as is her husband Phil.

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  • The Fibrecrafts range of these rich hair fibres which include Alpaca, Camel Down, Cashmere, Mohair and Yak Down. They can be used for spinning soft, fluffy yarns and in feltmaking. The fibres do not felt easily as the scales along the fibre are much further apart than the scales on wool, but felting can be achieved using felting needles. The natura

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  • Felt is created by agitating wool fibres until they mat together to form a non-woven fabric. The fibres can be laid flat on a surface or molded around a former such as a hatshaper, cardboard or even a ball. Most commercial felt is made in a dry process by simply tangling the fibres of almost any material. This is carried out with felting needles; e

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  • Felt can be built in many ways using wool fibres as the base. However it is important to make sure that you are using the correct quality of wool fibres. Too coarse a fibre slows felting as fibre below 56's Bradford count (learn more about wool fibres) will not felt easily. Lustrous, fine fibres felt quickly and reduce the time for working the desi

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  • Kate, combines delicate Japanese seed beads with chunky felted beads - made using wool tops.

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  • Heather Gardiner sent in these charming photographs of her Old English Sheepdogs, Fernie and Gair. Alongside is the cute little doggie she has needle felted from their hair. Heather told us 'This was the first I had ever made using this technique and the little dog went on to be raffled to help the OES Club of Scotland Rescue and Rehoming Society.

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  • Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey, along came a spider... a felt spider made from Merino wool tops!   Making a Felted Spider for Halloween This is a fun and simple project for all ages. The wool tops are rubbed, rolled and agitated with soap and water until the wool fibres mat together to create a dense fabric. S

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  • Look who came back from Somerset with Philippa! This little fella was found at the One Craft Gallery in Shepton Mallet. We think we have identified the maker; jewellery designer Rachel Kerrison needle felts small animals and creatures when working at the gallery. Rachel has shaped the caterpillar so that he can sit on the edge of a shelf or another

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  • An armature is the framework or skeleton used as the base when making models of figures or animals. A good starting point for a model is a scale sketch or marquette. Once the design has been established, the 'skeleton' can be added to a full size sketch. This will help determine the size of the armature framework and where any joints will occur. T

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  • This simple wooden tool is designed for use with the super sharp, barbed felting needle. The Fibrecrafts Felting Needle Holder. The holder consists of two parts. The comfortable wooden handle has been fashioned to include a guard. This is so your hand does not slip forward onto the needles. The other part of the holder has four holes in which to in

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  • "I've done a small amount of felting, the balls I made for the felt caterpillar were very easy and great fun for the children. There was no pressure, just grab a handful of tops, shape them into a rough ball, add a little soapy water and roll. The felted Santa was a little more difficult. He was made through trial and error but gave a satisfying re

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  • The Ashford Fringe Twister has been designed to make light work of making twisted fringe for handwoven garments, knitted scarves or for needle work projects - the finishing touch to your handmade items. You can also use the finge twister to create corded cotton, or to twist sliver prior to felting it. Features There are four alligator clips mounted

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  • To spin a light and lofty yarn it is a good idea to card fibres before spinning them. A drumcarder makes light work of this process and can also be used for creating blends of fibre such as the Merino Wool and Silk blend pictured below. The blends of fibre can be used by both spinners and felt makers. The Louët Drumcarder is a relatively small mac

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  • When I walked into the warehouse this morning with Sharon's cup of tea, I couldn't resist coming back with the camera to photograph this assortment of coloured wool tops. Merino Wool Sharon was in the process of collating together the wool tops into a 1kg mixed bag of light colours. There are nine colours in this selection and I was struck at how S

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  • Felt beads or balls can be used for making jewellery, as embellishments for clothes and accessories, or for making simple toys such as our fun Caterpillar. The trick to making a regularly shaped ball or bead is how you start it. I used a bowl of hot water with a good squirt of washing up liquid. Pull wisps of wool out from the top and loosely shape

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  • You may remember our item about Felt Wrapped Soap and the lovely Merino wool and silk blend we used. Impatient as always, I decided to unwrap the soap before it had all been used. After carefully cutting open the package at one end I found that the fibre had not felted quite as much as I had expected. As the package was still soapy, I rolled up a h

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