A guide to Felting Needles

A Guide to Felting Needles

Safety

Caution: Needles are sharp and brittle so care needs to be taken when using them, they should only be used by adults. Please

store in the plastic case provided away from small children.

Gauge

The gauge of felting needle refers to the diameter of the needle. The higher the  gauge the finer the needle and the smaller the barbs.

 

Number of Barbs

The greater the number of barbs the quicker the needle will felt. The fewer the barbs a needle has the greater the accuracy of the needle. So to start a project you might want a 36G star needle as this has 8 barbs and to finish adding fine detail you might use a 42G triangular needle as this only has 3 barbs

 

Correct handling

Felting needles are brittle, and are therefore easily broken. To reduce breakages use the needle in a straight in, straight out motion. The needle is best not bent, wiggled or put under a lot of pressure. As a general rule if the needle will not enter a surface with ease do not force it. Possibly change the gauge needle you are using to a finer needle / higher gauge. There are lots of helpful videos online with useful techniques on reborn hair rooting.

 

Colour key for heidifeathers needles.

 

Needle Gauge

Number of barbs

Colour

Felting

Reborning

32 Regular

9 (3 each edge)

Silver

yes

yes

36 Regular

9 (3 each edge)

Green

yes

yes

38 Regular

6 (2 each edge)

Red

yes

yes

40 Regular

6 (2 each edge)

Blue

yes

yes

42 Regular

3 (1 each edge)

Gold

yes

yes

 

Needle Gauge

Number of barbs

Colour

Felting

Reborning

36 Star

8 (2 each edge)

Cream

yes

no

38 Star

8 (2 each edge)

Black

yes

no

40 Reverse / Inverted

6 (2 each edge)

Orange

yes

no

38 Twisted / Spiral

6 (2 each edge)

Purple

yes

yes

40 Twisted / Spiral

6 (2 each edge)

Light Blue

yes

yes

 

Needle Gauge

Number of barbs

Colour

Felting

Reborning

38 Crown

3 (near the tip)

Pink

no

yes

40 Crown

3 (near the tip)

Brown

no

yes

42 Crown

3 (near the tip)

Yellow

no

yes

46 Crown

3 (near the tip)

White

no

yes

42 Forked

None

Natural metal

no

yes

 

Regular Felting Needles

These needles have three sides with regular spaced barbs at different points on the needles.

32 Silver – This is a needle to use with coarse fibres. It will define outlines quickly and can be useful for attaching felt to felt such as an arm to a body.

Rooting with this needle would give a thick head of hair

36 Green – This is a good starter needle. Use it for outlines, heavy shaping, and joining felt to felt.

Rooting with this needle would give a thick head of hair

38 Red – This needle is good for starting, firming up your felt and shaping.

Rooting with this needle would give medium coverage of hair

40 Blue – This needle is good for finer, lighter felting. It is good for finishing, removing felting holes made by thicker needles and adding detail.

Rooting with this needle will give a light covering of hair.

42 Gold- This needle is for finishing touches, working with a few wisps of wool, adding eyes, shaping ears etc.

Rooting with this needle will give a sparse coverage of hair.

 

Star Felting Needles

These needles have 4 sides, with regular spaced barbs 2 a side.

36 Cream – This needle is fast to felt with, a good starter needle, good for firming up felt, easy to work on firmer felt with and joining felt to felt.

38 Black – This needle is fast to felt with, a good follow on needle from the cream for continued firming and shaping.

 

Reverse Felting Needles

40 Orange Reverse / Inverted barb - needles have the barbs pointed the opposite way as regular felting needles, so pull the fiber outward instead of pushing and felting fiber inwards. These are tipically used for making a furry (as apposed to smooth) surface for 3D forms

 

Twisted Felting Needles

38 Twisted / Spiral - The working area of the needle has been twisted to create a firm and smoother piece of felt, use as you would other 38 gauges

40 Twisted / Spiral - The working area of the needle has been twisted to create a firm and smoother piece of felt, use as you would other 40 gauges

 

Crown Felting Needles

These needles have three sides, with a barb each side all level near the tip

38 Pink - When rooting this needle will give a fine covering of hair.

40 Brown - When rooting this needle will give a fine / thin head of hair.

42 Yellow – When rooting this will give sparse coverage, useful for eyelashes.

46 White – When rooting this will give very sparse coverage working with a hair or two at a time again useful for eyelashes.

 

Forked Needles

It has no barbs instead it has a fork at the end and the hairs are caught in the middle of the fork then pushed into the dolls head.

42 forked – This needle is good for very fine rooting working with one or two hairs at a time.

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