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I just bought my first set of needles and I plan to start some felting. Going to put a face on a Pachimari.

Needle felting is done by repeatably stabbing felt or roving to tangle fibers. There is risk with those repetitive motions. Now, I have seen tutorials, like this one that created a felted purse, that used a foam pad or brush as a work surface. That seems fine and dandy but what about smaller things?

It is very tempting to pick up the work and use my hands for more control but I am not likely the idea of stabbing myself. Is using the foam pads and/or brushes the only way to accomplish this? If I wanted to make something small like a mushroom...

Mushroom specimens

Image from Pintrest

Even if I am wrong about how to do felting on that scale my question still stands. What safety precautions should I observe while needle felting?

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You might consider a small piece of leather. I've seen leather pot holders that would likely work, but any suitable size piece of suede of sufficient thickness would work.

You could also wear a heavy leather glove on the hand that you're holding the piece you're felting.

(note -- I don't do felting, but I've done plenty of other needlework projects ... including hand-sewing leather, so I know needles don't go easily into it unless it's that thin stuff they use for driving gloves and such)

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  • I had considered gloves but it can be hard sometimes as you can use the tactile feel. Still worth a shot though.
    – Matt
    Jul 12 '16 at 1:45
  • @Matt : you might still have some feel from some gloves, if they're not overly stiff. I use suede welding gloves instead of pot holders, and you still have feeling in them until they get overheated and stiffen up. (or my brother uses them and melts plastic all over them)
    – Joe
    Jul 12 '16 at 1:54

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