Introduction to Needle Felting
Needle Felting is a method of creating felted objects without using water. Often known as 'Dry Felting' and my personal favourite 'Fibre Art'. It works by simply stabbing a barbed needle continuously into wool in order to create a solid object.
These needles were originally designed in the 1950's and used in an industrial application to make felt for machinery engine parts and musical instruments. However in the 1980's David and Eleanor Starwood bought a small punching machine used for sampling by the factory and as Eleanor was a fibre artist she used it to create artistic pieces. Over that Christmas they shared the technique with family friend Ayala Talpu who further developed the single needle technique we all know today.