How To Needle Felt Wool –  A Beginners Guide To Felting

Do you want to learn how to needle felt wool but don’t know where to start? In this article, we will provide some valuable tips to get you needle felting wool like a pro.

It is always lovely to be able to express yourself when feeling creative. Having something to focus on is also essential when things are getting stressful.

Needle felting wool can be just the outlet you need. Needle felting wool is a great way to challenge yourself while learning a new skill and making fun creations. Let’s get started! 

Table of Contents

1. Tips And Techniques For Needle Felting Success

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Needle felting is a fun and relaxing way to express your creativity. 

To begin, you will need a few supplies, such as.

  • Felting Needles
  • Wool
  • Pin Cushion

Now that we have our supplies let’s look at helpful tips to help you on your felting journey.

Safety First

Pay close attention to how sharp your Felting Needles are. If you feel it is necessary, Use a finger guard. You don’t want an injury while trying to enjoy your hobby.


1. Firm Grip

Keeping a firm grip is important, do not squeeze too hard, so you don’t crush or dent your project.

2. Short Stabbing Motions

Do not pierce too deep when felting. You want to pierce the foam barely. You can lose your needle in the foam if you push yourself too deep.

3. Turn as you go

This will prevent dents and dimples and provide a nice structure to your project.

4. Up and down

Do not move your needle at an angle. Only straight up and down motions. Your needle will break off if you bend it.

Please keep it simple.

Begin with a simple shape for your first project. To begin with, a stuffed animal or vegetable would be a great choice.

No Rush

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Needle felting can take some time, and the key is to have patience. Yes, you will make mistakes, and that’s all part of the learning experience.

Your project will not take shape until you are more than halfway through. So enjoy the process. There is no rush.

2. What Are Tops/Roving?

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Tops and roving (essentially the same thing) refer to the wool fiber that has been processed but has yet to be turned into yarn. Specifically, the “top” thread is combed in which all the fibers are running parallel.

The “roving” fibers are carded into long continuous cords about 2”-3” thick.  

3. FAQs

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What projects should I start with?

Round animals like koalas, jellyfish, or fuzzy Owls are usually a good starting point. Other beginner-friendly projects are gingerbread men, strawberries, and easter eggs.

What would I use tops/roving wool for?

The tops/roving are great to use as fur. A blend of different colors is a great way to add depth and realism to your animal.


Needle felting is a fun and affordable way to express your creativity, relax or make a nice gift for someone. However, it is essential to remember that, like anything else, it takes a lot of practice.

It would help if you recognized that you would make many mistakes, which is all part of the process. Try and create things that you enjoy, start small, and of course, have fun!!

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