Needle Felting For Beginners

Welcome to the world of stabbing or felting wool until you turn a pile of fluff into art and all the while your heart is singing!  I have been felting for 12 years and will never tire of the miracle and fun of it.  On this page, you will learn what you need get started, find helpful fiber terminology, and unlock a new passion in your creative life.

Getting Started

Needle felting can be as simple as stabbing wool into a ball, but the possibilities are complex and endless.  Do not become daunted.  Just start at the beginning and follow your skill and growth to the next level.  We recommend watching our Getting Started video to begin to familiarize yourself with the process and what is involved.

Terms and Fiber

The wool and fiber industry has its own jargon.  Felting, needle and wet felting, also utilize many unique terms.  Add to that, Sarafina has created our own lingo, and you are sure to become confused!  Please watch our Introduction to Fiber video to begin to unravel fiber terminology, understand what fibers suit which techniques, and most importantly, how to ask more questions.

Tools

When you are ready to buy supplies you need a few tools and some wool.  For tools,  we recommend at the minimum, the Needle Felting Starter Kit, or a Stabbit Felting Surface and Needles.  Sara often uses her Zullitool, Face Ace, and Pen and Punch tools but these are not necessary to begin.  Sara has also created several natural wax based products to assist in our sculptural process.  You can learn more about those on this blog post.  Each of these tools also has an instructional video so that you can see them in action.

Supply Packs and Fiber Field Guide

Next, all you need is some wool!  Supply Packs are a great way to start because they have all the fiber needed and a detailed video tutorial to guide you along your way.   Our supply packs have levels so that you can choose your way on up to a level 5, Baby!  You may also want to grab a Fiber Field Guide to keep track of the fiber that we offer.  The best way to know what you've gotten is to pull off a small sample and attach it to our fiber guide.  You can download a PDF to print it on your own, or we can send you one with any order.

Create an Account

If you place an order on our website, please consider creating a customer account with your email and a password.  We have a Rewards Program where points will accrue on your purchases, and those points can be redeemed for gift certificates to be used on a future purchase.  You will also find that the checkout process is smoother when you are logged in, and the software developers suggest using Google Chrome.  Additionally you will have access to order tracking and your past purchases for reference.

Sarafina Community

If you have any questions you can call us, email us, and or join our Facebook Group called Sarafina Felting Fanfare.  We also recommend signing up for our newsletters and subscribing to our YouTube channel.  We have been doing live felt alongs on our YouTube channel as well.  You also don't want to miss Fiber Fairy Fridays.  Learn more about Fiber Fairy Fridays on our FAQ page.  You can check out our calendar for upcoming events.