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Needle Felting

  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Author Gillian Harris started out as a graphic designer before pursuing a career in feltmaking. She teaches numerous feltmaking workshops and sells a collection of her felted handbags from her website. Her first book 'Complete Feltmaking' covers all aspects of feltmaking. The title includes making flat felt, creating 3d shapes, felted knits, needle

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  • Here are an assortment of creatures crafted from the materials sold at George Weil! Felted Merino The mouse and caterpillar have been made from felted Merino wool tops. The fibres were wetted with soap and hot water before being rolled between the hands to make them felt together. The caterpillar is made from a series of different sized felt balls

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  • Imagine our excitement when a delivery was opened here in July 2009 to reveal a deliciously packaged box of chocolates. We all gathered around Jo to share the delight as the lid was slowly lifted. Resisting the urge to reach out and grab the largest, yummiest chocolate in the box, Ian's hesitation was immediately followed by cries of glee! These 'H

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  • The International Feltmakers Association Conference and AGM was held in Swansea between 29th March and 1st April 2007. FIBRECRAFTS were pleased to supply member Kirsten Hill-Nixon with 6kg of sample fibres and 20 lengths of needlefelt fabric for use in her Egyptian inspired felting competition. We were delighted to receive her letter thanking us fo

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  • Jane Rodgers needle felted these delightful teddies in 2005, after attending a course to learn the skill. These charming figures each have their own personality! Wool fibres felt readily with felting needles but we were surprised when she showed us the teddy created solely from Italian Silk Waste (pictured top). A felting needle is very sharp, with

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