Fiber Trends felting needles are high quality US made needles, coloured coded for easy size identification.
Felting Needle Guide:
- Needles come in various gauges (diameters). The higher the number, the finer the needle.
- Needles come in various barb configurations. The more barbs, the faster the felting; fewer barbs felt more slowly but give accuracy for fine detail work. The triangular point has barbs on 3 sides. The star point has barbs on 4 sides. The twisted/spiral has barbs twisting around the needle, giving a neat finish without holes but is not suitable for bulk sculpting.
- #36 triangular: good for beginning bulk work and attaching pieces; not suitable for detail
- #38 triangular: good all purpose for bulk work and adding some detail; not suitable for coarse wool or fine detail
- #40 triangular: a fine needle for detail and neat surface work
- #42 triangular: the finest needle for very fine detail, adding hair, wispy strands
- #38 star: good all purpose needle for quick firm felting, bulk sculpting work
- #38 and #40 twisted: felts quickly and gives a neat finish without holes but not suitable for bulk sculpting work
- #32 reverse: pulls tuffs of fibre out of the felted piece, used for pull-back effects such as animal hair, doll hair, fluffy surface
In general, start off with a thicker, quicker needle for bulk work and shaping and move to a finer, slower needle for surface and detail work.
Needles become blunt over time; if felting is taking longer than usual, it's time for a new needle.