I have in stock New Zealand corriedale wool in a wide range of appealing colors, from white and
light brown, to beautiful blues, lavenders, pinks, green and yellow. Come browse down the page to
see a photo of each color to help you decide.
The wool comes in 50 gm (1¾ ounce) packs, and to give you a
variety of accent colors, you can buy a
Mixed Color Pack (15 to 16 colors or more), which you can use for colored pawpads or other details on your bears.
NZ Corriedale is perfect for needlefelting, I use it for most of my 3-dimensional creations. I also enjoy using merino,
although it is a little finer than corriedale, and takes slightly longer to work with.
The white corriedale wool is great for dyeing if you prefer to personalise your bears
even further. I have tried dyeing it and achieved some nice soft teddy golds and browns.
I also have merino wool from overseas, to give you even more choice in colours. This wool is in smaller packs of 25 gm.
While every effort is made to show you the true colour of each wool sample, there may be some variation
due to the quality of the photo and the colouring through your computer monitor.
There are many different felting needles available, and I stock the most
useful types of needles you may require for needlefelting. These range from the large needles used to quickly
felt down the wad of wool at the beginning of the process, to very fine needles used towards
the completion of the work when you are adding the final details.
The triangle shaped blades are represented by the letter T, and the star shapes by the letter S.
They are color coded for easy identification; the top of the handle is painted with enamel
paint. I find this makes an enormous difference when reaching for each size needle, you can see
at a glance which one to pick up.
Needles are sold individually, and cost $2.10 NZ each (approx $1.39 US), except for the new Spiral needles, which are $2.50 each (approx $1.65 US).
Color code - RED
A coarse needle for felting down a large mass of wool quickly. Excellent
for the beginning of each piece.
Color code - PURPLE
A middle sized needle, good to change down to after using #36.
Color code - GREEN
An excellent fine, star shaped needle, with barbs clustered closer to the tip.
For fine finishing detail and for working with merino. I use this needle a lot for flat felting.
Color code - YELLOW
A good general purpose fine needle, for finishing detail and general shaping. The barbs are spaced evenly up the blade.
Color code - PINK
I am excited to introduce these new 40 gauge Spiral felting needles. They have a spiral twist in the needle, with barbs on each edge.
This allows the needle to both felt and twist the fibres as you poke with it, making the felting process so much faster. It will felt
both at the surface and underneath the surface. You can work fine detail with these needles, and they leave almost no hole,
allowing you to achieve a very smooth surface.