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Needle Felting-Getting Started

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Wool Painting By Numbers


Kits and Patterns Available

No prior experience necessary!



                                                                                     Fox Inspired by Sarafina Fiber Art

Introduction to Wool Needle Felting

Like most of you out there, I love crafting and always have. I became proficient in Oils, Watercolor and Acrylic painting. Then I found quilting in 1997. I immediately started designing quilts and quickly moved into teaching. Over the past 20 years I explored many avenues of quilting and eventually I took my designs to market. Up to date, I have had 350 designs marketed for quilts, wall hangings and bags.

Always wanting to grow and continue to learn other mediums, I tried Wool Needle Felting. I absolutely fell in love with it. I started with 3D sculptures and I knew I had found a new passion. I gravitated towards 2D felting as it felt like I was painting again. And my wool painting designs bloomed. My style has always been adult whimsical, so that has carried over into my felt designs. So I am still doing what I love, bringing my paintings to life in another art form.

Wool needle felting is simply manipulating wool with a needle into 2D (flat or semi-dimensional wall) to 3D sculptures.

Wet needle felting is using the aid of water to shrink and entangle the wool into a flat surface wool creations. You can use this technique for scarves, rugs, cloth, doll cloths, vessels, hats, slippers etc.

I have chosen to work mostly with 2D wall art. I find it very similar to painting. Your palette of colors is infinite as you mix wool colors for an ever exciting range. The motion of stabbing with a needle is soothing and relaxing. And you have the added bonus of a piece of art when you are finished.

Introduction to My Style of Wool Needle Felting


----Barb Sackel’s Recommended Tools for patterns


----Barb Sackel’s Description of Wool


----Mushroom Tutorial for her techniques



You do not need any prior experience before trying one of my kits. The patterns are laid out with short explanations and pictures to follow along with. Using the step by step instructions your piece of art will develop right before your eyes.

The kits contain some unique blends of fiber that you will not find anywhere else. I use a Carder to mix colors that I think will enhance the project.


Mushroom Background 5" x 7"                                                        



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