Needle felting was originally designed to make commercial felt. A big plate of needles could do a sheet of felt at a time. The process could utilize synthetics and some non-wool fabrics The first use of commercial felt was in cushions and mattresses and from there spread to automobile carpets and even to embellish clothing.
In the early 1980s, David and Eleanor Stanwood experimented with using one needle by hand as a fiber art technique. Today, artists are creating sculptures, embellishments and shaped pieces with the needles while wet felting, the traditional method, is still popular to create flat felt pieces.
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You can do a lot with felted sweaters too. We used to go look for pure wool sweaters that we could felt and make something else out of.
That's a brilliant effect! I remember in the 1950s my sweaters sometimes came out 'felted' when they shrank! This is much more creative!
Your kindly welcome. Hope she enjoys her pumpkins!
Very nice, My oldest daughter took sewing classes this summer and is hooked. She'll love this fun fall pumpkin project. Thanks for the great step by step tutorial. :)K
Thanks. Yes it is. Just watch your fingers.
Great craft idea, something useful to do while I watch t.v.
I know what you mean. I had/have some felted handbags on etsy but I'm letting my stock dwindle. I don't have a studio now to do much. I can still make pumpkins though.
That is so cute. There's a lady on Etsy that makes felted handbags. They are gorgeous. I'm so tempted to learn how to do it, but I have to curb my habit of trying to do everthing.
Indeed I do. :) Thank you.
Well, now you do. Anytime you want to make one, you now know what to do.