I have just placed my first two orders (one for wool, and one for tools) to get myself started at needle felting. I have been looking around and have seen some amazing stuff. Already I have so many ideas, I can't wait to get started. Just one question though, I've seen a fair few articles suggesting that the core can be made from a different wool (I'm assuming it's to save dollars) and then covered in coloured wool. Can anyone suggest what I should be using for the core??????
I think that using a store bought "practice teddy" would be a wonderful way to start. I have felted into polyester stuffing as well as wool. I start with the cheeks, felting and adding wool till I am almost happy with the shape, then I add a thin layer to the top of the muzzle and shape the eye lids. I then finish shaping the whole muzzle. Last I felt a nose.
One thing I have learned about stuffing the face area with wool is that along with needle sculpting I can also sculpt the face from under the fur, felting the wool stuffing. I especially notice it, on the top of the muzzle, the bridge of the nose, and under the chin.
I use NZ Corriedale for my NF. Which I order from the supplier in NZ. You will find that different wools need different needles and we all use what is best for us. So it is trial and error of what is available to you.
I felt most of my work on the foam before I apply it. The best advice I can give is to know exactly or close to what you wish to create with the NF. Sketch the face on paper and have a think about it.
You will find a tutorial on the way I felt my faces on my website.
go forth experiment and have fun.
OH and one more thing. ...dont trim back unless it is absolutely necessary.
I just read your wonderful post, Michelle! You gave the fiber you chose in terms of MICRONS!! I LOVE it!
Are you finding sources who are now listing their fiber with this information? I wonder if it's an OZ thing; home source of a lot of the world's great fiber!
Once needlers familiarize themselves with the Micron Count system, purchasing fiber by count according to what they'll do with it (what type of end product they're aiming for) half the battle is won!
This is great - it's my hope that if enough of us ask for it, suppliers will give us the information we need when purchasing.
Here's to the future of Needle Felting!
It must be an Aussie thing as it is quite common to list the micron information of the wool. Merino and Corriedale are very common here, but I am finding it near impossible to get anything courser, such as Romney. I can order internationally, but the freight is prohibitive.
I can order internationally, but the freight is prohibitive.
I wonder if it's more a 'Handling' thing than a 'Shipping' cost affecting the price that's being asked.
I help 2 Oz friends: many US companies refuse to ship to Australia or want those outrageous fees. They impose those to discourage having to ship so far away - it fouls up their automated shipping systems which are not set up for the streamlined processes as pulling the merchandise and slapping on a set postage fee, according to either weight or total cost of items purchased. And then they have to do the math for currency conversion - time is money and it's not a large enough portion of their businesses to do all of the extra work.
There are companies here in the States which will accept pkgs from multiple companies and box them all up into one shipment to you. That too carries a fee, though it's less than what the total shipping would be if each company were to ship to you. I accept their packages and remove all of the bulky boxing and superfluous items like the extra catalogs they all insert (those're Heavy!!) and pack it all into one delivery, charging just the actual cost of mailing. They pay me by Paypal, which costs .048% as it's a business/Premier acct. It's a huge savings that way.
I'd say to ask a US citizen to accept for you, as I personally feel that it's ridiculous for them not to accept monies from everywhere in these days of shrinking revenue!
I've used Wilde Bros. in Philadelphia for over 9 years: I don't know if they're one who refuses to ship overseas - - - - but the fiber is NEW ZEALAND Romney!! It got here by shipping from that area to begin with!