Needle felting is the art of sculpting wool with special, barbed needles. Stabbing the wool over and over again meshes the wool fibers together, creating a firm, textile object.
The Origin of Needle Felting: Felt is typically very strong and industrial, needle felted- felt is used in a variety of ways. From the 1950s, needle felting (needle punch) was originally used to make felt for industrial purposes, for use with musical instruments and as building materials. Industrial felt is made with large plates filled with special barbed felting needles that are mechanically moved up and down to felt wool and other materials together such as polyester or nylon.
Different types of sheep yield different types of wool (Merino, New Zealand, Lincoln, Romney,
Drysdale, Rambouillet to name a few); there are many types of wool available, but not all of it is
good for needle felting. The finer the wool, the softer it is; fine wool such as merino is used in the clothing industry.
Hundreds of the needles are used in the industrial made felt. Here we use one needle to create dogs, dragon and dolls.