All About Needles

All you need to know about felting needles.  The gauges, shapes and which to use for what!

Triangular and Star Felting Needles

Triangular and star refer to the shape of the needle shaft. Triangular needle shafts have three faces, star needles have four. Triangular needles are the standard and are fine for most projects. Star needles will felt faster as they have an extra row of barbs.

Crown Felting Needles

Crown needles have a single set of barbs right at the tip of the shaft. They are used for creating a fine finished surface, for example on dolls faces or jewellery.

Felting Needle Gauges

Felting needles have a gauge number. The higher the number, the finer the needle. Most standard needles will be 36 or 38 gauge, which are good for working the most widely-used wools such as Merino, Shetland or Blue faced Leicester. Some sellers colour the end of the needle and should provide a key as to which gauge each colour refers to.

 

A word of caution !

Felting needles are now widely available on the internet but the quality varies widely.  Always buy good quality needles from a reputable seller who makes the shape and gauge of needle clear . Check that the steel is clean and uniform.  Cheap needles sometimes look tarnished or even rusty.  Always keep in mind that it is highly likely that you will stab your fingers with these needles at some point!

 

Felting Needle Holders

Felting needles can be used on their own, but for ease and comfort over long periods of use most people prefer to use a holder. A huge variety of holders are available from single up to large multiple needle devices. Bulb shaped holders are useful for people with arthritis or any other grip difficulties. Safety punch holders have a built-in retractable finger guard which make them ideal for children or people with special needs.

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