Ashford Book of Needle Felting, The
Ashford Book of Needle Felting, The
The Ashford Book of Needle Felting - Revised Edition

Our best-selling needle felting book, over the years.
"Explore the unlimited potential of needle felting with fibre artist Barbara Allen. Step-by-step instructions and full-colour photographs will help you create your own adorable folk and animals, beautiful flowers and scenes, jewellery and embellishments all in flat or sculpted felt. As a popular teacher and author Barbara will give you confidence to create your own unique and beautiful felted works of art. The book covers materials, equipment, techniques and provides all the pattern templates."

Author: Barbara Allen. Ashford Handicrafts Ltd. Softcover, 120 pages. Colour photos.

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Black Welsh Mountain (Rustic Roving)
Black Welsh Mountain (Rustic Roving)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with minor amounts of veg and just a touch of lanolin present. Black Welsh Mountain makes up for in loft what it lacks in softness. Fleece is considered medium to coarse, best suited to outerwear or rugs. Our rovings are black with lots of ash-grey for an overall charcoal-grey effect once spun. Micron count is usually in the 26 to 33 range with a staple length of 3 to 4 inches. Wet-felting properties are low but suitable for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Bonsai Sprayer
Bonsai Sprayer
NEW! Perfect for watering your bonsai, but also a great tool for wet or Nuno felting!

Squeeze the rubber bulb to suck up your water or water/soap solution, then squeeze it over your project to deliver an even amount of water. Helps avoid applying too much water and making a big, mucky mess all over your work surface. We haven't tried this (neither of us felt) but some felters have told us they are much in demand and a great tool. The rubber bulb comes in a variety of colours. We will ship the colours randomly.

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Canadian Arcott (Rustic Roving)
Canadian Arcott (Rustic Roving)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with a moderate amount of veg. A Canadian breed developed by Agriculture Canada in Ottawa, a complicated crossing of Ile-de-France, Suffolk Cheviot and others. Primarily a meat sheep but deserves more consideration by spinners. Though technical details are hard to find, what we have is creamy-white in colour, with a nice bounce and loft and a bit of lustre. Staple seems to be in the 2 to 4 inch range and it feels plenty soft for midrange garments. We're guessing this could be put to many of the same uses as Clun Forest or North Country Cheviot, and it might work great for a warm and cozy pair of socks, spun woolen or semi-woolen style. Wet-Felting properties are not known to us, but we're guessing it's pretty good. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Cheviot (Top)
Cheviot (Top)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Nice clean combed top with very little veg, in a bright off-white tone. There are different regional variations on Cheviot, but they have similar fibre. Cheviot is known for having bulky and springy staples of medium length with very little lustre. Its traditional uses range from blankets and carpets to midrange and outerwear clothing. It's a strong fibre and can be useful for socks. Micron count is usually in the 27 to 33 range. This supply has excellent long staple in the 5 to 7 inch range. Felting properties are low. PRODUCT of UNITED KINGDOM
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Columbia (Rustic Roving)
Columbia (Rustic Roving)
Classification: FINEWOOL Thick and chunky Rustic Roving. Current batch contains a moderate amount of vegetation. A North American breed, fairly widely raised in the western US and Canada. The locks are blocky with a high crimp and fairly fine fibre diameter. Adapts well to both woolen and worsted styles of spinning, used for midrange and outerwear garments, including socks, sweaters and functional items. Micron count is usually in the 23 to 31 range (comparable to Corriedale) with a staple length of 3 to 6 inches. Wet-felting properties are good. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Coopworth – White (Roving)
Coopworth – White (Roving)
Classification: LONGWOOL Carded roving with very minor amounts of veg. Coopworth was developed in New Zealand in the late 1960s and sports a lustrous fleece with good crimp. This roving is creamy-white in colour. Most often used for midrange, outerwear or non-garment items. Micron count for Coopworth can vary, but this supply is among the softest you will find, at 33, with a staple length of 6 to 8 inches. Felting properties are good. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Corriedale – Bag of Nests (50 Colours) – 500g
Corriedale – Bag of Nests (50 Colours) – 500g
Now with 50 dyed colours! We've put together a variety pack with 50 shades from our line of Ashford dyed Corriedale wool. Approximately 500g (1.10 Lb) of colour fun. Perfect for felters or for spinners wanting to assemble a whole bunch of variety for carding or blending. 30-micron Corriedale. Please note: these packs take us a huge amount of time to assemble, and they rarely, if ever, go on sale. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Cultivated Silk Cocoons, Degummed
Cultivated Silk Cocoons, Degummed
Silk cocoons come as natural (usually with a dead worm inside), which are sort of firm and egg-shaped, or degummed, which have had the seracin (i.e. silk worm spit/glue) removed. Most common are Bombyx (Cultivated, Mulberry) cocoons, but sometimes other kinds of silk are available as well, though we have yet to locate a source. Cocoons are adored by makers of Novelty/Art yarn, by felters, and sometimes by spinners. Degummed Bombyx or Mulberry/Cultivated silk cocoons. These can be used for spinning directly, as a textural component in needle or Nuno felting, in paper making or added for texture to novelty yarns. They dye up just like regular silk top or roving, using either acid or fibre reactive dyes. PRODUCT of CHINA
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Dorset (Rustic Roving)
Dorset (Rustic Roving)
Classification: DOWN-TYPE WOOL Thick and chunky rustic roving with a moderate amount of veg. Staple length is about 4 inches. A fairly soft and bouncy ivory-cream fibre with a medium staple and high crimp that lends itself best to woolen-style spinning for midrange and outerwear garments. Dorset and Suffolk-Dorset are one of the most common meat sheep breeds in Canada. The wool is often sent overseas before being made into yarn or felt and sold back to the North American market. Micron count is usually in the 27 to 32 range. Wet-felting properties are very low, and because of that Dorset is sometimes recommended for garments where shrinkage could be a factor, particularly socks. A good core wool for needle-felting. PRODUCT of CANADA
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Falkland (Top)
Falkland (Top)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Combed top, very clean. Falkland is similar to Corriedale in character, creamy white in colour with a soft hand. Not always considered a true breed, but more of a crossbreed that has developed on the Falkland Islands due to isolation over many years. Suitable for midrange, outerwear and non-garment uses. Micron count for Falkland is 26 to 34 with a staple length of 4 to 5 inches. We can't find a listing for felting properties but it's probably good.
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Felting Needles, Reverse – 10-pack
Felting Needles, Reverse – 10-pack
Canadian orders only. From Ashford of New Zealand.

A 10-pack of 36-gauge reverse-barb felting needles. Especially useful for crafters that make little needle-felted critters and want them to have a fuzzy "finish". This needle has barbs facing the reverse direction, so you use it at the very end to tug fibre back out to create a soft fuzzy appearance in specific places (think of a short zebra's mane) or all over. Comes in a clear rigid-plastic screw top container.

We also sell these as singles, but at the shop only.

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Felting Needles, Star – 10 pack
Felting Needles, Star – 10 pack
Canadian orders only. From Ashford of New Zealand.

A 10-pack of star felting needles, These 38-gauge needles have been a huge hit here at the shop. The gauge is in between the medium and fine needles, but lots of our felters now call it "the fast needle". In cross-section this has a + sign shape, with four edges that really seem to grab the fibres well. Used mostly for finer detail work. Comes in a clear rigid-plastic screw top container.

We also sell these as singles, but at the shop only.

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Finn – White (Top)
Finn – White (Top)
Classification: MEDIUM WOOL Combed top, very clean. Falkland is similar to Corriedale in character, creamy white in colour with a soft hand. Not always considered a true breed, but more of a crossbreed that has developed on the Falkland Islands due to isolation over many years. Suitable for midrange, outerwear and non-garment uses. Micron count for Falkland is 26 to 34 with a staple length of 4 to 5 inches. We can't find a listing for felting properties but it's probably good.
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Foam Block, High-density – Large
Foam Block, High-density – Large
High-density foam. NOTE: We have switched to charcoal-grey foam, not white like in the photo. It is a better contrast to white wool fibres, and does not discolour from UV light.

This block measures 12 x 12 x 2 inches (30 x 30 x 5cm) and is ideal for using as a base for needle felting larger-sized projects.

PRODUCT of CANADA

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Foam Block, High-density – Small
Foam Block, High-density – Small
High-density foam. NOTE: We have switched to charcoal-grey foam, not white like in the photo. It is a better contrast to white wool fibres, and does not discolour from UV light.

This block measures 6 x 6 x 2 inches (15 x 15 x 5cm) and is ideal for using as a base for needle felting small to medium-sized projects.

PRODUCT of CANADA

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Gotland – Grey (Top)
Gotland – Grey (Top)
Classification: LONGWOOL Combed top, very clean. This breed originated on the Island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea and is widely raised in Sweden. It features lustrous and silky fibre, our supply being a blend of medium brown and creamy grey. Most often used for outerwear. Micron count for Gotland is in the 48 to 52 range (though ours seems softer), with a staple length from 3 to 5 inches, relatively short for a Longwool. Felting properties are excellent.
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