Best types of wool for needlefelting

There are hundreds of different types of sheep and therefore different types of wool. For needle felting, some are most commonly used. These are my most used types of wool for needlefelting.

First let me tell you something about wool.

When talking about wool we talk about Micron, micron is the fineness of wool. 19 to 27 microns is fine to stiff wool. The lower the micron content, the softer the wool.

WOOL ROVING

comes from the merino sheep. This breed of sheep is known for providing super soft wool. Woolroving is washed, carded and often colored.  This wool is combed in one and the same direction, creating a “thread”. Wool roving is often available in different microns from very fine (19) to stiff (27). Wool roving is my favorite due to the long fibers. This makes the wool really suitable for 3d felting and wrapping the wool around the arms and legs of the woolen figures.

 

MOUNTAIN SHEEP / CARDED FLEECE

is a fairly stiff wool (30 microns) and excellent for needle felting. The fibers do not all lie in the same direction, which creates a kind of blanket. This makes it quite easy to shape when needle felting. The wool comes from different (mountain) sheep and therefore not nearly as soft as the wool of the Merion sheep. This one I use more for the woolen landscapes or 2d felting.

BHEDAWOL

is slightly less rigid (25 microns) than the mountain sheep and can be combined with it excellently. Very good to use for needle felting 2d and 3d landscapes and they come in loads of different colours and that's why I love it so much! Also these colours come in bundles of 2 grams so you don't have to buy that much which is great for small projects!

 

CORRIEDALE WOOL

is wool in fleece (carding fleece) but is then drawn into a wick (about 25 microns). The wool is very nice to use for needle felting projects, and especially if you want to wrap wool. A beautiful middle between woolroving and Cardedfleece. So suitable for all needlefelting projects. This wool is fairly new to me but so far I love it!


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