F is for Felt

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What is it?
Felt is a material made from either natural or synthetic fibres that have been matted together. There are many different types of felt that have varying colours, thickness and uses. There are two main types of felt used in crafts, the sheet kind which can be cut into shapes and sewn together or needle felting, which is made from wool that has been combed and twisted to make a 3D shape.

What do I need?
Depending on the type of project you are working on, you will need different materials. If you are working with sheet felt, the basics you will need are; scissors, needle, embroidery floss and a pattern to work from. If you’d prefer to try needle felting you will need; felting needle mat, felting needles and wool fleece.

How do I make it?
First decide what you would like to make, if you’re working with sheet felt you can make things like phone covers, pin cushions, door stops and garlands (to name but a few) or if you’re needle felting you can make animal decorations, brooches, mobiles and wall art. There are loads of fantastic ideas on Pinterest that will give you inspiration.

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Sheets of felt

Why do you like it?
I love pomanders and I’ve found felt to be a great material to make them with, as you can use so many different colours and shapes. Felt is great for making gifts with, especially for things like children’s toys and household items.

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Felt pomander

What’s your preferred method of felt crafting, working with sheets or needle felting?

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