Did You Guess?
It’s Sunday again, so did you guess which part of your felting supplies we were missing? If you guessed ‘felting surface’, you’re absolutely correct! Even if the piece you’re felting seems really dense, needles can still slide through it in its entirety like a knife through butter, so it’s very important to have a surface to take the stabbing instead of your hands or lap. There are several kinds of felting surfaces that you can find. Each one has their own pros and cons, so let’s take a quick look at them.
Pros: Foam blocks are some of the most common surface you can find, and often times the cheapest.
Cons: They’re very light weight, so while this is good if you’re on-the-go it’s not so good if you want your piece to stay in one place. They also break down quickly over time and are not (usually) eco-friendly, so you’ll have to throw them out and buy new ones.
Felting Mats (brushes)
Pros: Felting mats don’t tend to slide around as often and are more durable than foam blocks. They’re also very useful when doing flat felted pieces.
Cons: Over time the needles will end up splitting bristles and this will grab at your felt. If you want to make something with a smooth finish, this can be extremely frustrating.
Pros: These bags (canvas has worked the best for me) are incredibly durable and eco-friendly. If you ever need a new one, all you need to do is recycle the insides into a new bag. They are also sturdy and not as likely to slide around.
Cons: They’re usually more expensive whether you buy one or make your own, but they make up for this by lasting for a very long time. Unfortunately, if they’re overfilled and stiff they can break your needles.
Another pro, of course, is being able to have an adorable pattern that inspires you to work. Just look how happy this little guy is!