32 gauge / 3x3x0 barbs / 3 inch
Use Pink for cross-bred and other coarse wools, such as Romney, Leicester or Lincoln, and early stages of medium wools such as Corriedale and Halfbred. Pink is strong, penetrates easily, works over a wide depth range, and rarely breaks.
- for increasing felt density with deep asymmetric action especially in 3-dimentional felting. A finer similar needle is Gold.
- when working from the ends of a sausage-shaped ball to shorten it. Use a jiggling action.
- for joining balls together or when adding additional pre felted wool in sculptural felting.
- for situations where it is desirable to work over a wide depth range. This is most likely in 3-dimensional projects.
- horizontally in flat felt to draw fibres into a thin area, using an individual stabbing action where each insertion is carefully placed. This process can be supported with Blue.
36 gauge / 2x2x2x2 barbs / 3 inch / star
Use Red for both medium and coarse wool. Star needles with four sides have high barb density, but still penetrate firm felt easily.
- to easily penetrate firmer felt.
- to harden light and moderate density felt in both sculptural and flat felting projects using both stabbing and jiggling actions to the full depth of the felt.
- to form balls for early stages of sculpturing and to quickly get finer fibres started.
- to blend flat felt pieces together, including patching holes, using a shallow stabbing action.
- for joining thicker yarns. If the Red needle is too coarse or it's action too aggressive, try Peach, which works in a similar way to Red, but is finer.
36 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3.5 inch / sturdy
Use Mauve for medium wools such as Corriedale, and firming stages for coarser fibres, such as Romney, Leicester, Lincoln and Mohair.
- for children, when breakage is an issue. For deeper, easier penetration change to Burgundy
- to form or firm 3-dimentional felt in a stabbing or jiggling action.
38 gauge / 2x2x2 barbs / 3.5 inch / all-purpose
Use Burgundy for medium wools, such as Corriedale and Halfbred, and initial felting of fine wools and similar fibres, such as Merino, Angora, Alpaca, Silk and fine manmade fibres such as Rayon, Soy silk, Ingeo, if they are being used for the bulk of the project. This needle is not recommended for attaching fine fibres as an embellishment.
- for deep penetration when felting thicker layers of fibre or for in depth firming of a sculptural project.
- for 3-dimentional projects and securely attaching blobs of wool as eyes on felted animals For less penetration change to Orange.
- For joining balls together by inserting needle through one ball and jiggling across the join area before withdrawing the needle to change its position.
- for creating spots within a smooth surface.
38 gauge / 2x2x2x2 barbs / 3 inch / star
Use Peach for medium and fine wools. This needle is a finer version of Red.
- to blend pieces of flat felt together instead of using a seam, including patching a hole, using a shallow stabbing action.