Needle Felting Kits are Here!

I am so excited to announce the launch of my first Needle Felting Kit!!! This is the first in a line of kits I am designing for those who wish to learn the craft of needle felting.

In the first of my beginner level kits, you are provided with everything you will need to make your own felted bee, including a full color instructional booklet with clear step-by-step instructions and over 45 photos.

This is a wonderful, fun introduction to a craft that is both relaxing and rewarding. I hope you’ll try it!

 

 

The Badger, the Hare, and the Swan

I’m welcoming a few new friends to the shop today. These are needle felted animal sculptures in the form of stick puppets. They are perfect for imaginative play, or they can sit just as they are on your favorite shelf! I’ll be adding more of these animals in the near future, so keep checking back! Find them in the “Needle Felted Animals” section of my shop.

How to separate a length of roving

If you are using batting, simply tear off the amount of wool you wish to use for your project. The wool fibers in roving however, are more aligned and can be somewhat long depending on the type of wool from which it is made. Therefore, when you try to simply pull off a section of the roving, it may put up some resistance. But fear not! There is a simple trick:

Measure the length of roving you wish to use.

Then, with your hands 3” – 4” apart, firmly grasp the roving so that the point you’ll be tearing from is in the center.

Holding onto the wool, slowly pull your hands apart, allowing the fibers of the roving to gently separate.

Wondering about the difference between wool batting and wool roving?

Wondering about the difference between batting and roving? Here is a brief breakdown of these two types of wool with emphasis on their uses for needle felting:


Batting (also known as batts or fleece) and roving have both been pulled through carding machines which comb and align the fibers to some degree. But with batting, the wool comes off the machine in thin sheets which are layered to form thicker fluffy sheets. The layering results in a textured wool where the fibers are no longer aligned, making it perfect for needle felting as it felts up very quickly. Roving, on the other hand, is processed one step further and pulled off the machine in ropes where the fibers are mostly aligned. Though the fibers are more aligned, this form of wool still retains the wool’s natural crimp, making it another excellent choice for needle felting.

Hello and welcome to Grey Fox Felting

 

Hello! I’m Erin Gardner, the owner, designer, and maker behind Grey Fox Felting.

From a very young age when my mother would organize craft projects for my sister and me using materials from around the house and our backyard, creative making has continued to remain an important part of my daily life and my very being.

When I started Grey Fox Felting, I had been needle felting for several years. I was then a new mother, and I wanted to build a career for myself that would allow me to stay at home with my child.  I realized there was potential to share my love of this craft by offering a selection of quality materials to other makers wanting to learn the art of needle felting. In my online shop and at craft markets, you will find my handcrafted needle felted sculptures, as well as the same carefully selected supplies that I use in my own artistic practice.

I now stay at home with my own two daughters, organizing craft projects inspired by our outdoor adventures and materials we find on our walks. I so enjoy being able to witness someone learning to craft something beautiful with their hands, whether it’s at home with my children or when I’m teaching a workshop. I am also currently developing a line of needle felting kits so that I may continue to share with wonderful craft with other makers.