Discovery: Lumenaris for Needle Felting Projects

It is always fun to discover a new resource to help with a Needle Arts project!

At a sewing and craft show I discovered Lumenaris, http://www.lumenaris.com, with their vast array of colors, shapes and sizes of pre-cut wool felt pieces. Useful, if folk don’t want to cut wool felt shapes for needle felting. Check out my book on Needle Felting book for non-visual adaptive techniques, “Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How to Enjoy Needle Felting Without Sight”. Free audio is at the Book Series menu tab or ebook format at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/415878 . Also for hand sewers, sew the shapes together using the blanket stitch with pearl cotton thread for embellishing garments to toys. See the Appendix of my Machine Sewing book for non-visual hand sewing tips, Needle Arts with Vision Loss: How to Enjoy Machine Sewing Without Sight: ebook https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530511   or  print hard copy https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Needle-Arts-With-Vision-Loss-How-to-Enjoy-Machine-Sewing-Without-Sight-POD.

With a good working knowledge of adaptive blind techniques, a visually impaired person can create needle felted pieces competently and safely, resulting in beautiful projects!

Marlene's felted runner

A brown felt table runner with red, golden yellow and white roving circles. Along with pre-cut autumn leaves of lime green, olive green, evergreen, and turquoise. Thank you to a former student, Maureen, for allowing me to share a picture of her Needle Felting project using supplies found at a different source.

Below are Coaster instructions for an experienced Needle Felter.

Keep on enjoying needle felting safely without sight!

Needle Felting Coasters

Fiber-to-Fabric (roving or pre-cut wool felt shapes to felt fabric)  Tools & Materials List

  • Felting Needles in 2 sizes: 36-gauge for coarse wool or basting work, 38-gauge for all-purpose needling and appliqué.
  • The Felting Punch Tool is a multi-needle tool with a built-in plastic finger guard.
  • Natural Fit Leather Thimble or Latex finger protectors.
  • Clover Felting Punch Mat or dense foam 2 inches thick.
  • Roving or carded wool, felt, yarns and threads.
  • Foundation fabrics of wool felt cut into coaster shape/size.
  • Cookie cutters for shaping design, if using roving
  • Large tray for containing/organizing project

Adaptive Techniques and Tips for Dry Felting Process

  1. Designing-

Place cookie cutter shape or roving or pre-cut felt pieces or yarns on fabric for design placement.

  1. Setting up foundation on the punch mat-

Lay the coaster foundation fabric on the punch mat; then lay wool roving inside cookie cutter. And place felt pieces or yarns in position.

  1. Needle punching-

Start needle punching to anchor or “baste” at center and around the design edges. Then continue needle punching systematically using a grid pattern (think of a window screen pattern) motion over the entire shape. In addition, keep fingers not holding the punch covered with latex tips or leather finger guards and clear of the active working space. Needle Safety is important.

  1. Affirming felted shape –

Periodically lift the foundation fabric to check if the shape is coming through with fuzzy edges. Keep punching till the design can be felt with your fingers on the underside.

Problem Solving Questions: Why is the fiber not entering through the fabric? Patiently keep punching. Or test a new needle or change needle size for the materials being used.

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