Needles, Wool, Mistakes, Advice and the One Tip - Jade Sleeman from Little Twin Crafts


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

I was given a voucher for Christmas a few years ago and bought a kit to felt a llama. Sometime later I decided to have a go at felting a wreath of my own design as a gift for my then soon to be born niece and I haven't stopped since.

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

I don't have a favourite needle felting artist but follow a lot and am always getting lost on Pinterest.

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

Anything particularly lifelike I find very difficult, I prefer a more cartoon-like style. I think the hardest thing to learn has been to be confident in and proud of what you have created.

4. What are your favourite needles to use?

I don't have a favourite type of needle but when I find one I like I tend to stick with it until it gives up!

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

My favourite type of wool to work with is the carded wool from The Felt Box, I love the range of colours and that it needle and wet felts so well.

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

I don't really hear much advice either way but I would say thinking that you can't do it, its definitely worth giving it a go!

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

Not making sure you have  a felting cushion or pad, especially if you're a sofa felter like me!

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

Make sure you find the right wool for your project. Not all wool works for all projects.

About the artist:

Jade Sleeman can be found on Instagram (@little_twin_crafts) or Facebook, and always welcome a message.