Have you ever got confused when trying to figure out how much wool you should buy for a needle felting project? Don't worry! I got you covered!

Figuring out how much wool you need to buy for needle felting can be confusing for a novice, so I recruited 3 bunnies to help you out! Let me introduce them.

The big guy is called Rami and he loves filling his belly with carrots (obviously). The little guy in the frame is Bobby, who thinks bow ties are still cool. He definitely watches too much Dr Who. And, last but not least, we have Minna who always holds a candle in commemoration of my beloved late grandmother.

Three needle felted bunnies. From left to right: Minna, Bobby & Rami.

2 main factors to consider when deciding on how much wool you need for needle felting

Before we talk numbers, we need to keep in mind two things that significantly affect the quantity of wool you need to buy. These are the size and type of your chosen project, and how firmly you want to felt your piece. Using these when calculating your woolly needs require some practice and experimenting.

Factor 1: The size and type of your chosen needle felting project

Size matters, but that's not enough on it's own. The type of your project factors in too. With wool and needle felting techniques you can make not only 3D sculptures of various sizes, but also 2D pictures.

Wool paintings are mainly flat and you can make them in all sizes. But exactly because of being flat they don't require a lot of wool - rather small amounts of lots of different colours. My Bobby in the frame is 3D requiring a bit more wool, just like any other sculptures.

Factor 2: The firmness of the finished project

You can poke your lump of wool as much or as little as you want. (Well ... almost. There's such thing as overfelting when the wool breaks apart. Been there, done that.)

By felting as little as you want, I mean that soft shapes and sculptures can also be created. The level of firmness is not set in stone, it completely depends on each needle felter's own preference. I tend towards firmer pieces because I can make them smoother. Also, they will definitely last longer and can be handled more often. 

The firmness is very important when you want to make everyday items, like key chain charms or brooches. You will handle them every single day (more or less) and they can wear off easily if they are not firmly made. A decorative piece, on the other hand, does not have to be firm because it won't be handled that often (although I like touching my cuties).

Examples of how much wool you need for needle felting

Now that you know what to pay attention to, let's gather my bunny helpers! They are very eager to get in the spotlight!

Example 1: Rami, who has insatiable appetite for carrots

Rami - needle felted big bunny - front & side

Rami's measurements:

  • Height: 17 cm / 6.7 inches
  • Width: 7 cm / 2.75 inches
  • Depth: 7 cm / 2.75 inches
  • Weight: 42 grams (without the carrot)

Wool talk

I made Rami in two main steps. First, I created the base shape using 30 grams natural white carded Shetland wool. Then, for his pelt I used 12 grams of carded Corriedale blend. Its colour was unsurprisingly named as 'Rabbit'.

Although Rami is quite firm, I wanted him to have a little softness when pressed. For that purpose, the carded Corriedale blend was amazing because even after little felting it looked quite smooth. I also used a tiny amount of light pinkish carded wool for his nose and some black around his eyes.

A little technicality

I felted the head and body separately and when finished I attached the head to the body using a strong crocheting cotton thread. This allows the head to be turned to the sides carefully. Also, he has glass eyes.

Here you can see Rami and the amount of wool used to make him.

Rami - needle felted big bunny - with wool

Example 2: Bobby, the bow tie enthusiast who wants to have his on Tardis

Bobby - needle felted bunny head in frame - front & side

Bobby's measurements:

  • Height: 4 cm / 1.5 inches (without ears); 5.5 cm / 2.25 inches (with ears)
  • Width: 4 cm / 1.5 inches
  • Depth: 2.2 cm / 0.8 inches
  • Weight: 3.71 grams

Wool talk

I made Bobby almost entirely of natural white carded Corriedale wool. Apart from that, I used a little wisp of light pinkish carded wool for the nose, mouth and ear. Plus, a tiny amount of brown around the eyes, nose and mouth - also carded. And for his cute hairstyle another tiny amount of Merino top.

Bobby is also quite firm, but not completely. Basically, I kept needle felting with smaller needles - 40 gauge twisted triangle - until his cute face looked smooth.

A little technicality

First, I built a foundation on a 100% pre-felt fabric to make Bobby's head. This was almost completely flat as a surface but it had a little depth. Then, I sculpted different parts of his face on that foundation. So, the foundation was the only amount of wool that went through the fabric. Then, I continued felting on that foundation.

When I finished making the head, I shaped the ears separately and attached them to the foundation. His bow tie is made of denim scrap fabric and I used copper wire for his glasses. Also, he has glass eyes.

Here you can see Bobby and the amount of wool used to make him.

Bobby - needle felted bunny head in frame - with wool

Example 3: Minna, who has has the sweetest angelic face

Minna - needle felted tiny bunny with a candle - front & side

Minna's measurements:

  • Height: 6.3 cm / 2.5 inches
  • Width: 4 cm / 1.5 inches
  • Depth: 4.5 cm / 2 inches (with her tail and ears)
  • Weight: 6.44 grams (without candle)

Wool talk

I sculpted Minna using natural white carded Corriedale. Then, I used a tiny bit of light pinkish carded wool for her nose and ears and even less amount of black for the lines of her eyes and mouth. Like the others, she is also quite firm, expect her fluffy tail.

A little technicality

Just like in the case of Rami, I felted Minna's head and body separately, then I attached the head to the body using a strong crocheting cotton thread. This allows the head to be turned to the sides carefully.

Her candleholder is made of copper wire and my husband made the candle from natural beeswax.

Here you can see Minna and the amount of wool used to make her.

Minna - needle felted tiny bunny with candle - with wool

In case you are wondering why I used carded wool for my bunnies, I explain my choice in my 'The best advice to beginner needle felters' post.

The best advice to beginner needle felters

Final tips for calculating how much wool you need to buy

I sincerely hope that I could give you some pointers about how to calculate your woolly supply needs. And now I only have two more recommendations for you to make sure you succeed!

Final tip #1: Plan your needle felting projects as much as possible

Minna - needle felted tiny bunny with a candle - with sketch

I really recommend you to plan your projects - at least the ones you are sure about - before you order any wool.

Almost all kinds of needle felting projects have or can have lots of details and it's easy to forget to add, for example, that light pink for the nose and ears of the bunny. There's honestly nothing more frustrating that realising in the middle of the project that you don't have the necessary materials. 

Final tip #2: Always buy more wool than you think you need

I would like to refer back to the last sentence of the first final tip. If you run out of wool in the middle of your need felting projects, you'll be really angry! 

Also, just because you have an idea and even a plan, maybe a fully coloured sketch of your next project, there's no guarantee that you can make it the way you imagine it at the first try. Do you think those bunnies I've just showed you are my first ones? No way! I have others I don't really want to show anyone. Those bunnies were practice and experimenting. So, do yourself a favour and calculate your 'practice wool' in your next order. 

How much wool are you going to buy?

Now you are truly armed with the necessary knowledge about how to plan your wool supplies. The next step is practice. Order your first (or next) batch and let's embark on a fabulous needle felting adventure! Don't forget to let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Happy felting!

PS: 

If you live in the UK, then here are my two favourite shops I get my wool goodies:

https://worldofwool.co.uk and https://clairescraftscreate.com.

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