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Fur, Hair, Manes & Tails!

So we have established wool top/roving is not as easy to needle felt into shapes as carded wool however where they do come into their own is for adding fur, hair, manes and tails! You can use carded wool to apply a furry top coat to your needle felted animals but for a smoother flowing effect wool tops are perfect for this as my lovely friend Pippa from Felts with Philippa demonstrates here     Our wool tops range from natural undyed wool from different breeds of sheep to special fun blends such as the Glitzy Lightening merino/nylon blend that is perfect for your unicorn's mane and tail and is included in Chicktin Creations' amazing Una the Unicorn kit 

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It's not you it's the kit!

Only a few years ago most needle felting kits contained uncarded wool 'top' (often referred to as 'roving') where the fibres all lay in one direction making it much more difficult to needle felt with and unfortunately leaving many thinking they just weren't cut out for needle felting! Some mass produced less expensive kits ON THE MARKET TODAY still only come with wool top/roving, often a poor quality merino, making it even more difficult to achieve good results.  This is so frustrating to me as I know for a fact it won't be the user lacking any kind of skill required, it will just be down to the poor quality of the materials provided! So if you have tried needle felting...

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Adapting and collaborating

Hi everyone, hope you are all well and I was going to say adjusted to this new way of living through a pandemic but it appears the adjustments to the way we live are going to be ongoing for quite a while yet. I have had to adjust to Zoom meetings - something I absolutely dreaded the idea of but it’s amazing how we do adapt so quickly and now I found it is possible to make new friends and have good communication via a screen! This brings me on to live online workshops, something I don't personally feel experienced enough with as a way of carrying out workshops as yet - it needs quite a lot of planning and...

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