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The Joy of Wool Felting

Updated on March 23, 2013

Making felted wool

Felt is the oldest fabric known to man. For thousand of years, the nomadic tribes of Central Asia used wool felt for shelter and clothing until today.They lived in portable felt dwellings called Ger or yurt made from the fleece of sheep which is warm, dense, waterproof and windproof. Before Attila the Hun and Genghis Khan, the Mongolians have very little woven fabric and depended on felt making to make horse saddles, blankets, hats, clothing and rugs. Most of the woven fabric were acquired from plundering and trading. Today the art of felting is enjoying a resurgence in arts and crafts and in the world of fashion.

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What makes wool felt?

Let's get scientific.

Wool fibers have microscopic overlapping layers of scales with pointed jagged edges similar to a pine cone. The scales in wool also help each fiber grab onto each when spun and the trapped air in the small spaces keep the yarn warm. When subjected to heat, moisture, agitation and soapy water, the scales swell, open up and interlock, resulting in a shrunken, matted mass of felted wool. Unspun wool fibers or roving when overlapped into alternating layers and kneaded by hand with soapy water will felt. Knitted, crocheted or woven pieces are technically "fulled" in the washing machine but the end result will be felted wool.

Many ways to create felted wool.

Wet or dry

There are two methods used in wet felting, the rolling and rubbing method, or the combination of the two. The rolling method is the most common and efficient method which still used by the Mongolian nomads today. An old piece of felt or sturdy mat is placed on the ground, sheared wool from sheep is piled on top, beaten and cut into smaller pieces with special sticks with cutters at the end. Hot water is sprinkled on the wool, then it is rolled up with the foundation mat with a wooden pole in the middle. The wooden pole will have ropes tied on each end and then pulled behind a horse across a field for many hours. The rolling motion creates the agitation and compression which will make the heated wool fibers lift up and grab onto each other to create felt.

Fabulous video of Mongolian making felt for a conical tent called Ger

The second wet felting method is the rubbing method. Wool roving is layered in alternating 90 degree directions and then a net placed on top of the pile. Hot soapy water is then squirted over the unwoven wool and rubbed with both hands or some abrasive material like a scrunched up shopping bag. The process is repeated until the fabric starts to shrink and hold together. The felted wool is flipped and the hot soapy water applied again over the netting. Then the felted wool is crumpled in your hands like what you would do to a piece of paper to cause more compression and agitation. A felted wool fabric have just been created.

Tutorial and video-Wet felting for beginners

There is another wet method called fulling, which is a process of producing felt fabric from animal fibers, such as wool, alpaca and the like, that has already been woven, knitted or crocheted. The purse, hat, slippers or what have you is thrown into a zippered bag and shocked with alternating cold and hot water in the washing machine. The zippered bag prevents felted wool lint which shed during the agitation to clog plumbing which can be very expensive to fix. Sometimes, baking soda or soap is added into the process to hasten the felting process. The end result is felted wool regardless of the technical name fulling. This was the process I used to create my purses and hats.

Felting in a Washing Machine

The third method is called dry felting or needle felting. This process is achieved by repeatedly poking dry wool roving or wool batt with a barbed felting needle. This will cause the wool scales to grab onto each other and create 3-dimentional dolls or push fibers onto another fabric to create a design.

Basic Needle-felting for newbies

Hand-Felting in Europe and Asia: From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century
Hand-Felting in Europe and Asia: From the Middle Ages to the 20th Century

For centuries, Asiatic nomads have used wool to create yurt coverings for shelter, articles of clothing, saddles and other art objects as part of their lives. These have vibrant colors as compared to the one-tone felted wool made in Europe. This book walks you through the Middle Ages and the 20th century on the development of hand felting which is enlightening and educational.

 

Knitted sheep before felting - Getting ready to be "fulled"

Photo Credit:courtneysue75

This little sheep was knitted in garter stitch (knit every row, front and back) with the alternating rows of knit and purl stitches visible. Tell-tale knots and loose yarn are hidden. The sheep is now ready to be fulled.

Felted sheep - Usually shrinks one-third of its original size

Photo Credit: courtneysue75

The sheep is then subjected to hot/cold cycles and agitation in the washing machine to shrink it. This is called fulling which results in felted wool which is thick, dense, and strong. All the knitted stitches have disappeared and seemed to have given the sheep its fleece back. Once a woolen fabric is felted, it can no longer be unraveled. The process is irreversible and there is no going back. One saving grace of felting is that it is also very forgiving. Mistakes, like loose stitches or holes will vanish and become undetectable.

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"The Felting Year" - 2006

What is the significance of this miniature felted wool purse ornament? It was that one year marked with a lot of knitting and felting frenzy after I discovered the art of shrinking knitted wool in the washing machine. Not only did I find myself picking up my knitting needles and crafting all kind of purses and bucket hats after a long day of hard work, but I found the whole process of "fulling" these knitted wool therapeutic and gratifying. Each of these floppy knitted hat or purse just seem to "auto-magically" transform into a beautiful felted masterpiece after being thrown into the washing machine.

Here is a gallery of purses and bucket hats I had made in 2006 to illustrate that a simple knitting pattern can create a different look.

Felted wool purses - My very favorite

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This 100% wool purse was knitted and then fulled in the washing machine. It shrunk and lost one-third of its original size. The stitches have disappeared into a dense and thick felted material, yet is lightweight. The purse was stretched over two telephone books wrapped in a plastic bag to get its shape and air dried for two days. This was then embellished with felted leaves and flowers, tortoiseshell handles and a horn button with an I-cord button. The flowers were made from leftover wool yarn from other purse projects and given a life of their own with handbeading.

Stitches are no longer visible - Any mistakes have vanished

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This is a closeup of how the transition of the green and pink colors just blended together after the purse was felted. The stitches are no longer discernible and any mistakes, like uneven stitches, have vanished. Felting is so forgiving.

Gallery of felted handbags I had made

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All these purses were made using the same knitting instructions. Patons SWS multicolored 70% wool and 30% soy yarn was used to create the striped effect. The purse handles, flowers and beads give each piece a different purse-pective.Purple is one of my favorite colors and this striped felted purse is ready to go wherever I go.Cobblestone look with handsewn rhinestones give add a hint of sophistication to this hobo purse with an i-cord.These hobo style purses used 100% wool and have I-cords to carry them around. The same pattern was used to create the black/gray purse, yet each one has a distinct purse-onality. The added bling-bling and appliques made all the difference between casEarth tones make this felted purse look fashionable in the fall and summer. The bamboo handles and felted flowers from leftover yarn add a special touch.
All these purses were made using the same knitting instructions. Patons SWS multicolored 70% wool and 30% soy yarn was used to create the striped effect. The purse handles, flowers and beads give each piece a different purse-pective.
All these purses were made using the same knitting instructions. Patons SWS multicolored 70% wool and 30% soy yarn was used to create the striped effect. The purse handles, flowers and beads give each piece a different purse-pective.
Purple is one of my favorite colors and this striped felted purse is ready to go wherever I go.
Purple is one of my favorite colors and this striped felted purse is ready to go wherever I go.
Cobblestone look with handsewn rhinestones give add a hint of sophistication to this hobo purse with an i-cord.
Cobblestone look with handsewn rhinestones give add a hint of sophistication to this hobo purse with an i-cord.
These hobo style purses used 100% wool and have I-cords to carry them around. The same pattern was used to create the black/gray purse, yet each one has a distinct purse-onality. The added bling-bling and appliques made all the difference between cas
These hobo style purses used 100% wool and have I-cords to carry them around. The same pattern was used to create the black/gray purse, yet each one has a distinct purse-onality. The added bling-bling and appliques made all the difference between cas
Earth tones make this felted purse look fashionable in the fall and summer. The bamboo handles and felted flowers from leftover yarn add a special touch.
Earth tones make this felted purse look fashionable in the fall and summer. The bamboo handles and felted flowers from leftover yarn add a special touch.

Knitting Instructions for wool/soy purse

Materials:

4 balls Patons SWS 70% wool 30% soy yarn

1 ball solid color Paton 100% wool yarn for band at top of purse (optional)

Size 13 straight needle

Size 13 circular needle

Note that the SWS Patons only come in multi-colored yarn. So if you wish to

make a solid colored purse you will need to use Patons 100% wool,

knitted with two strands together.

CO(cast on 34 stitches using double yarn) size 13 needle

Knit 34 rows with straight needle, on the 33rd row, switch to

the size 13 circular needle

Use a crochet hook to pick up 17 stitches from the short side,

34 stitches from the long, and another 17 stitches on the short edge.

There should be 102 stitches total on the circular needle.

Knit in the round with 4 balls (soy yarn) and about 2 ½ inches

of the solid wool yarn. Cast off when done.

What leftover felted wool can become - A hummingbird's nest to the rescue

Photo Credit: jennysh_who

This baby hummer abandoned its nest three times due to mite invasion. A swatch of felted wool meant to be a pocket for one my purses quickly came in handy for the rescue mission. The great thing about felted wool is that it can be cut with a pair of scissors and the edges will not fray. The nest was made in 10 minutes flat. I cut a strip of the felted fabric long enough to go around a small oval base. Then I handstitched the seams together with the same colored green yarn, flipped the nest over and voila! This nest was made for Sasi, one of the Allen's hummingbirds I wrote about in my other lens "A Home for Hummingbirds."

Gallery of felted hats

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I am not much of a hat person except when I am gardening. After knitting these bucket hats and fulling these in the washing machine, the felted effect made me an instant mad hatter. A plastic flowerpot from the hardware store was used to shape the weSolid purple wool yarn was used to create this felted hat. A ribbon and a rosette embellished this felted hat.Black and purple yarn were combined to create contrasting borders to this hat. Leaves and a beaded flower were added to add some pizazz.
I am not much of a hat person except when I am gardening. After knitting these bucket hats and fulling these in the washing machine, the felted effect made me an instant mad hatter. A plastic flowerpot from the hardware store was used to shape the we
I am not much of a hat person except when I am gardening. After knitting these bucket hats and fulling these in the washing machine, the felted effect made me an instant mad hatter. A plastic flowerpot from the hardware store was used to shape the we
Solid purple wool yarn was used to create this felted hat. A ribbon and a rosette embellished this felted hat.
Solid purple wool yarn was used to create this felted hat. A ribbon and a rosette embellished this felted hat.
Black and purple yarn were combined to create contrasting borders to this hat. Leaves and a beaded flower were added to add some pizazz.
Black and purple yarn were combined to create contrasting borders to this hat. Leaves and a beaded flower were added to add some pizazz.

Knitting instructions for bucket hats - Felt it later

Knitting instructions for flowers and leaves

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Felt it

Before felting in the washing machine, hide all knots, loose ends with a crochet hook through stitches, and clipping ends.These will disappear after felting and any flaws will not even be noticeable.

Place handbag and flowers/leaves/I-cord in a zippered pillowcase cover.

This is important because during the machine agitation, some wads of the wool will ball up and could plug up the plumbing, hence the pillowcase cover is a necessary precaution.

Add 1/2 cup of baking soda into the washing machine to hasten the felting process.

Use HOT/COLD cycle, let it agitate for 15 minutes, skip the spin cycle. Drain, repeat the HOT/COLD procedures 2 or 3 times more. You will know when to stop when the no more knitted stitches are visible and the purse is not longer stretchy.

If you are happy with what you see, let the machine finish through the spin cycle to rid of most of the water.

Shape your purse to make all sides even. If you want to make a boxy purse, place the purse over a box or phone book that has a plastic shopping bag over it. Air dry for 2 days.

Do not dry in the dryer as this will distort the purse.

After the purse is dry, assemble the flowers, leaves, handles. Enjoy.

Dry felting or needle felting

Fiber artists have found the use of single needles, or several together, to be an exciting new method of shaping and felting fibers into flat or three dimensional objects. This process is basically dry felting, but can be used with wet felting methods also. It is a magical and fun technique that can take you to new realms of fiber creativity.

Photo Credit: feltalive

Rainbow colors of roving for dry felting

Rainbow colors of roving for dry felting
Rainbow colors of roving for dry felting

How to needle felt wool roving.

Kay Petal and her ever growing brood.

Pride and joy of Wasilla, Alaska

I discovered Kay Petal by accident when I was looking for felted doll pictures on Flickr. It was a very fascinating experience. I e-mailed Kay and got her permission to use her photos and feature her in this felting Squidoo lens.

All these celebrity felted dolls were created with a single barbed felting needle and wads of wool batt. Just like their human counterparts, these little celebrity dolls were subjected to lot of jabbing. Each sculpted doll bears an uncanny resemblance to its famous star.

Photo Credit: feltalive

Celebrities in sheep's clothing

Here are my own tongue-in-cheek "punny" comments about these amazing celebrity dolls.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Beatles - Do you want to know a secret?

Photo Credit: feltalive

The Fab Four, better known as The Beatles with their signature mop hairdos come to life as needle felted dolls.

More celebrity caricatures by Kay Petal - Check out the photo gallery and my take on these celebrity dolls

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Willie Nelson never "felt" so good after being repeatedly needled.Springsteen and Bono, both have something in common. Both of them are looking sheepish. It must be the wool!John Travolta has the Saturday Night Fever and is trying to stay alive.Will Ferrell just got elfed.Who has more cash? Johnny or The Donald?Mr. T flaunts his signature piles of gold chains. It is best not to pull his chain.Sir Elton is one of the few stars who can get away with the most garish costumes, boas and all. No one can ever ruffle the shocking pink feathers of this celebrity Knight.Bob Dylan's red hair is "Blowing in the Wind."Little Sarah Palin as Miss Wasilla in her sheep's clothing, literally.The great photo shoot of a perfect mix of brains, beauty and brawn and swiveling pelvis. Albert appears to be relatively smitten. Who do you think has "roving" eyes?From L to R: Jackie Chan, Mr. T, Albert EInstein, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis.
Willie Nelson never "felt" so good after being repeatedly needled.
Willie Nelson never "felt" so good after being repeatedly needled.
Springsteen and Bono, both have something in common. Both of them are looking sheepish. It must be the wool!
Springsteen and Bono, both have something in common. Both of them are looking sheepish. It must be the wool!
John Travolta has the Saturday Night Fever and is trying to stay alive.
John Travolta has the Saturday Night Fever and is trying to stay alive.
Will Ferrell just got elfed.
Will Ferrell just got elfed.
Who has more cash? Johnny or The Donald?
Who has more cash? Johnny or The Donald?
Mr. T flaunts his signature piles of gold chains. It is best not to pull his chain.
Mr. T flaunts his signature piles of gold chains. It is best not to pull his chain.
Sir Elton is one of the few stars who can get away with the most garish costumes, boas and all. No one can ever ruffle the shocking pink feathers of this celebrity Knight.
Sir Elton is one of the few stars who can get away with the most garish costumes, boas and all. No one can ever ruffle the shocking pink feathers of this celebrity Knight.
Bob Dylan's red hair is "Blowing in the Wind."
Bob Dylan's red hair is "Blowing in the Wind."
Little Sarah Palin as Miss Wasilla in her sheep's clothing, literally.
Little Sarah Palin as Miss Wasilla in her sheep's clothing, literally.
The great photo shoot of a perfect mix of brains, beauty and brawn and swiveling pelvis. Albert appears to be relatively smitten. Who do you think has "roving" eyes?From L to R: Jackie Chan, Mr. T, Albert EInstein, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis.
The great photo shoot of a perfect mix of brains, beauty and brawn and swiveling pelvis. Albert appears to be relatively smitten. Who do you think has "roving" eyes? From L to R: Jackie Chan, Mr. T, Albert EInstein, Marilyn Monroe and Elvis.

Magical Kingdom of enchanting wee folks - Felted wool dolls come to life

How would one feel to step into the magical and fanciful world of needle-felted dolls? Each one beckons to be loved. Who else could possibly make wool come alive than the creator herself, Kay Petal.

Photo Credit Flickr: feltalive

Mini Me's by Kay Petal

Learn to make your own

Who would not want a doll which looks just like a miniature YOU made from wool and a felting needle? Only if it will not be used as a pincushion or as a voodoo doll. What a delightful present that would make for someone special.

Photo Credit: feltalive

Easy felting kits from eBay - Make your first felted critter

Materials and easy instructions make these kits worth purchasing.

Dry needle felting tutorial

Learn how to needle felt

Felt Alive Needle Felters Workshop online

Wool felting essentials from Amazon - Discover the magic of felting wool

Have you ever "felt" like this before about wool? - Leave me your thoughts before you leave.

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      Nimblepins 2 years ago

      This hub is fabulous! An inspiration. Your bags and hats are beautiful. I love wool felting (by washing machine). You really show how gorgeous the results are.

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      toshia lm 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens

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      kimadagem 4 years ago

      So much information here - I've bookmarked it for future reference. So far the only felting I've done has been accidental :( but I do intend to try the deliberate stuff someday.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So fun to stop by here again. Congratulations on being feature by Squidoo for this excellent lens. :)

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love handcrafts of all type and I've always though it would be fun to try wool felting. Wonderful lens on this topic. Blessed!

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      kevp49 4 years ago

      Its true, you learn something new every day, great information for a newbie felter.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Wow! I've been curious about it, even wondering how to do it. Wool has a new career in my eyes!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a great lens, a purple star well deserved. I always wondered what made felt, felt. Thanks.

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      LynetteBell 4 years ago from Christchurch, New Zealand

      Great lens:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've done a little bit of needle felting. Excellent lens.

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      QuiltFinger 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I made a felted purse and a pair of felted slippers in seventh grade, but this lens definitely has me excited about the process again!

      Thanks so much for sharing these inspiring projects!

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      Barbara2659 5 years ago

      I've had more fun looking at these dolls! They are a hoot!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Looks like a great hobby! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel, especially for that pun right there. ;)

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      Brilliant! I've just passed your URL onto a friend who loves felting. She'll love this lens, I'm sure!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      High FIVE!!!! for this GREAT lens! I love the pictures and the instructions.. I'm just getting into felting and LOVE it!

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Amazing. I was very entertained here, especially by the felted dolls and your great narration. Liked the history too. Thanks

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Seen felting recently in Yorkshire and I really liked it. Your pictures are well chosen.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I am just getting into felting.. I had never even heard of it until recently! Wow! These are amazing! Blessed!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this versatile craft. Something I definitely want to try someday.

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      Katie Harp 5 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      EndeavourToys 5 years ago

      Great lens; those hats and purses are wonderful! I have a lens on needle felting kits. Please visit and give me a "like" at http://www.squidoo.com/woolpets-needle-felting-kit... Hope to see more of your work on Squidoo!

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I've done a little bit of needle felting, but am wanting to do wet felting on silk. Thanks for all the links and information. I'll be bookmarking this for future reference.

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      bikerministry 5 years ago

      Very thorough information here. Looks like we've been on a similar journey. I have a designer handbags lens. And a step-by-step knit and felt lens. Great job, keep up the good work.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      wow, tons of knowledge on this subject. Thanks for the research. If you like to browse lens as I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      Iudit Gherghiteanu 5 years ago from Ozun

      I knew i will find here exactly what i needed, i did read this lens already few times, and every times impresses me with the collection of felted purses and dolls. Thank you again, i hope i did it last time too.

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      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Great lens and pictures on felting. Thank you.

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      kriskeese 6 years ago

      What a great lens. So much info about felting. Thanks for the idea of using a plastic flowerpot for a hat form.

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      Valdacious 6 years ago

      I love those felt purses - a matching hat would be so cute with it.

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      Poison kitty 6 years ago

      I love all your felt bags, they're wonderful! I've got to admit I'm usually trying to STOP my wool from felting, but I have been tempted by some of the felted stuff on Ravelry.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do love this Lens too, learned so much, and the featured products are amazing, the purses are gorgeous, everything is so creative!

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      Angelina 6 years ago from California

      wow, what amazing work....I love this

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      Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Your lens is very exciting. I am drawn to felting, as well, but have not tried it. I just love everything that is felted. Animals and people are amazing. You purses are lovely and the colors stunning.

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      CHalloran LM 6 years ago

      I did needle felting and I used to make penny rugs from felted wool. Great lens about a great crafts/art.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens on wool felting.....great !

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      EpiphanyLondon 6 years ago

      Brilliant lens!! I really enjoyed this! :-D

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      kimbesa 6 years ago from USA

      Great job...and lots of cool projects! Thanks!

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      CherrrieB 6 years ago

      I have a couple bags of wool waiting for me to get felting.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      these are pretty awesome felted crafts!

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      TheRatRaceRebel1 6 years ago

      OMG "The Joy of wool Felting" is a GREAT lens! I've dabbled in needle felting before but never thought of doing dolls or other 3d art. You've made me want to get out my wool and start playing around... THANKS!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have, I have, I just love felting! I'm out and about for the Angels April Fools' Day Quest

      ~ Squidoo Angel Blessings ~

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Tipi, the needle felted caricature dolls are truly something else. Even if I learned how to needle felt a doll, it would still take Kay Petal's talent to make a spitting image of the celebrity. I was also mesmerized by her dolls. Thanks for visiting.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome! An art form that has stood the test of time and keeps evolving. I was transfixed looking at Kay's characters.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      You did an amazing job on this lens. I've been wanting to try felting.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a fantastic collection of examples of wool felting, in addition to your instructions and explanations. I'm 'wowed' by this page! I've seen purses and hats and bowls felted before, but the dolls and animals you've included are extremely unique!

      I wrote a story about Crafty Creative Crochet describing techniques & stitches and included 'felting', so have now 'featured' this lens under the felting section. It's the perfect example, and I thank you for creating it so I could include it. :) I've also lensrolled this 'wool felting' story to my creative crochet and my handmade fiber arts lenses. I like crochet more than knitting, but LOVE all creations in the field of fiber arts!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      Sylvestermouse, I believe the bird mites did not invade the felted nest because it was foreign to them. I am hoping to see one of the hummers this Spring even if just to drop by my garden to say hello. I love the needle felted celebrity dolls which look like little clones of the stars. It sounds intriguing that I would like to try a hand at needle felting one of these days.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      This is really a neat process! I love the changes on the lamb. Really neat! I am quite certain the little hummingbird was grateful for your help. I found it interesting to learn that the mites would not invade the new nest. Really cool! The dolls are fabulous! I am quite intrigued by this method. I just may have to try my hand at it. I think I will start with a bookmark. lol

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Love your felted bags, I have also made bags and felted hats. Your lens is wonderful, I am going to add it to my discovery tool on my Needle Felting Lens.

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      emmaklarkins 6 years ago

      These felting projects are amazing!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      @sorana lm: Thank you for enjoying this lens. Wool felting has endless possibilities. Let your imagination lead the way.

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      This is an outstanding lens. I love your detailed explanations and the final products are wonderful.