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I know how you feel!! When I first found out about needle felting way back in 2007 I was SO excited! Much more excited about needle felting than any other craft I had ever dabbled in. It changed my life in ways I could never have imagined. I have seen needle felting do the same for many others, creating outlets for unlimited creativity and even extra income!

Back then, there weren't any needle felting videos on youtube (gasp!!) and stores that specialized in needle felting seemed non-existent. I was feeling totally lost about what I needed and how it all worked.

Fast forward to today. Needle felting is catching on like I KNEW it would and there are loads of how-to videos and stores selling supplies. But STILL, people are coming to me very confused about what they need and why they need it.

One of the coolest things about needle felting is how very little it takes to get started! All you really need is wool and a felting needle to create anything you can think of and I'd love to show you how easy that really is!


wool and felting needles for needle felting
besides wool and felting needles, all you need are a few supplies like a felting pad to work on and maybe some sticks to help you shape the wool.




Learning about the different kinds of wool and felting needles that work best is the first place to start. Explore this site or watch any of my videos and you'll learn about the materials and supplies I love to use.

Learning how to handle the wool and needles is most useful. Here is a snip from my new Fairy Dolls Video that shows how I make a basic egg shape.  I start nearly every single needle felted creation I make with an egg shape and I hope you find my video helpful.



Needle Felting can be time-consuming so learning techniques to speed things up is also a help.  I nearly quit needle felting before I ever really got started because my projects were taking me weeks of endless poking to finish.  You will quickly find that your biggest investment in needle felting will be your time.   In all of my videos you'll learn shortcuts and time-savers to help you finish your creations faster.



 

Learn the fundamentals of needle felting

with Felt Alive Video

 

My focus is on needle felted doll making and I love sharing all I know through my videos. Without using any wire armatures, glass eyes or clay parts, you'll find my methods surprisingly simple to get outstanding results.  Your creations will bend, flex and move nearly like they are alive. 


I have many comprehensive video projects that are easy enough for beginners but the one I recommend to new needle felters is my little Pixies.


using nothing but felting needles...

using only wool and felting needles make needle felted pixies with felt alive video - kay petal can teach you how
you'll turn this... .....into this!

Start your needle felting journey with Felt Alive Pixies.

A quick and easy project! Learn simple techniques to bring your wool to life.



Perfect for beginners. Watch Free!

The moment the wool smiles and blushes at you, you'll be hooked on needle felting forever!
Over an Hour of Needle Felting Fun!


NEED SUPPLIES?


Needle Felted Pixie Wool Bundle

Pixies Wool Bundle - plenty of wool to make four Pixies! (needles and felting pad not included.) $14.95


Needle Felted Pixie Complete Kit with DVD


Pixies Kit - Complete Kit with Wool Bundle, Felting Needles, Foam Pad only $24.95! (dvd not included)





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Discover the magic of sculptural needle felting the FELT ALIVE way!

While needle felting your way through all of my fun video projects, you'll learn all of my secrets for bringing wool to life. And you'll have a whole year to do it with a subscription to my online workshop site!

Using only wool and felting needles, learn how to make fully jointed characters that stand, flex, bend and move nearly like they are alive. WITHOUT the need for constructing wire armatures or finding glass eyes, you'll learn the secrets of creating sturdy creations that are 100% needle felted wool! "You made that out of wool??? Amazing!!!!" (that's what you'll hear when people see your creations.)


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needle felting starter kit

Felt Alive Needle Felting Starter Kit


I designed this kit for the complete beginner to jump right into the art of needle felted doll-making. (or for any kind of needle felted 'making' you want to do!) You'll get core wool, flesh-toned wool, dyed wool and prefelt for clothing, roving for hair and my own hand-dyed roving strips for the ultimate details when needle felting eyes, teeth, blush and shading. You'll also get a foam felting pad and my fab color-coded felting needles so you can follow along with my videos easily!

save 50% on this kit when you include it with The Needle Felters Workshop





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Master the art of needle felting with Felt Alive Videos at The Needle Felters Workshop




Learn ON DVD


Felt Alive Videos are also on DVD with optional kits!


felt alive needle felting videos

With many FUN needle felting projects to choose from, Felt Alive video tutorials are a great way to learn how easy it is to needle felt!

As you follow along with me as we bring our projects to life, you will learn the basics of handling wool and felting needles along with time-saving tips, tricks and techniques that you will use to bring your own ideas to life.


You'll find a fun needle felting kit or wool bundle for every Felt Alive Video Workshop project on DVD.


needle felted bunnies kit



What About Those Felting Needles?

felt alive color-coded felting needles


If you are anything like me when I first got started, I was confused about what needles to use. Those needles you see me using in the workshops were made especially for you! We color-coded them to make it easy to follow along. Plus they are so comfortable with their cushioned grips and you'll find them in ALL of our needle felting kits.

Of course you'll learn more about these fun tools, how to handle them safely and and their various uses in my videos. Learn More HERE


5 star customer review felt alive needle felting supplies Love my new skill!
"I ran across Felt alive will researching new craft ideas. As soon as I seen needle felting I new I had to learn. I ordered a kit and joined the online workshop. I am having so much fun! With Kay's tutorials I have learned how to make dolls on my first attempt. I love needle felting and so look forward to all the new items I will be able to make. I wanted to give Kay a big thank you for sharing your wisdom with us all."

The Needle Felters Workshop with Starter Kit Reviewed by: Tricia from Welland, Ontario


No Instructions Needed?


needle felting starter kit

Felt Alive Needle Felting Starter Kit

I designed this kit to accompany my videos but it is a great stand-alone kit if you don't need instructions.
 
 
5 star customer review felt alive needle felting supplies Great tutorial for First Timer
"This tutorial made it easy for my first attempt and because of it, needle felting is now my other craft, besides knitting and crocheting. I would recommend this for anyone trying this fun craft. The result will encourage you! Great job!"
Pixies DVD Workshop Reviewed by: Agnes from Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Start Your Needle Felting Journey
with Felt Alive Needle Felting Supplies!

begin your needle felting journey with felt alive needle felting supplies

Whether you want to play around on your own or are looking for instructions for fun needle felting projects, we can help!

We offer our fabulous wool, color-coded felting needles and essential supplies. PLUS - Throughout the site you will find helpful tips and tricks for using our products.

Included in every Felt Alive Needle Felting Kit and Starter Pack is a variety of Felt Alive Needle Felting Wool, Color-Coded Felting Needles and other fun Felt Alive supplies to inspire your imagination as you explore the magic of needle felting.

Here's some of what you will find in Felt Alive Kits and Starter Packs:

Core Wool Batting Many of our kits include at least 1 oz of core wool batting. Core wool is wool batting that has not been dyed and may contain a bit of vm (vegetable matter from the farm.) It is a great all-purpose needle felting wool that is most often used for making the core parts of projects that will be covered with an outer layer of dyed wool.



wool batting for needle felting Felt Alive Needle Felting Wool is included in all of our kits. It handles much like our core wool batting, our Felt Alive batting is dyed in a fun variety of colors including our popular flesh colors - a favorite for needle felted doll makers. It can be needle felted over core wool parts or just used to sculpt entire pieces. FA Needle Felting Wool is also great for flat/tapestry felting and even works super for traditional wet felting.


wool roving While merino roving can be used for sculpting, the fine fiber and long strands make it time-consuming and difficult. We include it in some of our kits and it's used mainly for hair for dolls and fur for animals.


color-coded felting needles with handles Felt Alive Color-Coded Felting Needles included in every kit. Felting needles come in a variety of sizes for different uses but they look nearly identical. Felt Alive needles are color-coded with cushioned grips - not only are they super-comfortable to use - they are easy to tell apart!


foam pads for needle felting Foam Needle Felting Pads are included in every kit. Our high-density foam pads will stand up to many, many hours of needle felting fun while providing a stable work surface where your creations will come to life.


felting sticks for needle felting Felting Sticks are included in every kit. They are useful for many things including making tubular shapes.


detail kits for needle felted doll making With bright white wool for eyes & teeth and hand-dyed colors for eyes, blush and shading, you'll find our essential Detail Kits in many of our kits and starter packs.