Needles, Wool, Mistakes, Advice and the One Tip - Annie and Jeff from Moonbrush Wood Studios

1. How did you discover needle felting, what inspired you to have a go and what was the first thing you made?

It was 5 years ago I got a kit containing coloured wools and some needles as a christmas present , the 1st thing i made from it was a tiny hare about 3 inches tall

2. Do you have a favourite needle felting artists whose work you follow? 

Not really, It's just nice to see others work

3. Which projects do you find the trickiest and what has been the hardest thing to learn?

Making peoples pets look exactly like the real thing can be difficult and also making things that are very tiny like little mouse fingers and toes

4. What are your favourite needles to use?

Because I often make very tiny items I like a very fine needle for the details

5. What is your favourite type of wool to work with?

I'm not sure I have a favourite type , it's nice to use different textured wool for different effects

6. What is the worst piece of  advice you keep hearing for needle felters?

Use polystyrene as a base for speed , It's such a non environmentally friendly product and it crumbles to bits as you felt into it.

7. What common mistakes do people make when they start out?

Trying to felt things to fast , this can lead to projects with a very uneven finish or if they are large , still squishy on the inside, felting is a very slow but very rewarding process

8. What is the one thing a beginner could learn today that would  make a difference to their work?

I think taking time over a project is very important to the finish , felting slowly means you get a nice even finish

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