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! 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.