Favorite felting needle

With so many options to choose from, you might be lost finding a good felting needle for your 3d felting projects. What are those gauges? And what do those numbers mean? Let me help you find your needle in that haystack.


So first, let me explain what felting needles are and how to tell them apart. 

Felting needles come in different thicknesses, we call these thicknesses gauge. The higher the number, the thinner the needle. This gauge determines how much wool you can move at once and how fast the felting goes.

Usually you start with a thicker needle, for example a 32 gauge and finish with a thin needle for details such as a 40 gauge, but this also depends on your project and the type of wool you use.

Now here the thing, I only use one type of needle. Trust me I've tried a lot, but most needles I find too rough for the sort of needlefelting I do. Therefor my all time favourite is the 38 gauge star needle. 

These star needles have 4 sides, thus have more places with barbs, which makes felting a bit faster. They are a pretty fine so don't make big holes in the wool. For 3d felting of a person a fine needle is the best, you don't make big surfaces. The focus is more on the details.

For felting the body I use a needles in a felting needle holder, here you can add up to 3 needles so the work goes 3 times faster. Same needle but quicker. 

So that's it, my best advise for needlefelting figures. 

And as said before, there are so many needles, and so many projects. What works for me does not have to work for you. If you're starting at needlefelting I strongly advise to get an assortment pack so you can try out different kinds of needles yourself.

If you want to know more about needlefelting, my needlefelting course is coming out soon with more information about materials and a step by step guide on making your own fiber figure. Sign up for the newsletter to be the first to know!

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