Tools: what do I absolutely have to have to start this craft?
Felting needles, roving and foam to poke your needles into. I haven't done a lot of felting but my daughter was learning at school and we bought a kit to play with at home. Here's a link for kits and supplies: Felting supplies
Yarns: what can I use and what can’t I use (on the show they were using wool from a skein) But researching online all I see being used is roveling wool? I have only used roving
Core: is batting material except able for using as a core/center of a piece like a teddy bear , and then needle felt the wool around that? I can't see why not.
Wire: when using wire do you just start wrapping the wool around the wire and then needle felt? As far as I know.
What is ‘Wet’ needle felting? I have wet felted but not with a needle. I used roving dipped in hot soapy water, squeezed the water out and shaped the roving into a marble sized ball. Then I added thin pieces of wet roving in layers over the ball, pulling, shaping,squeezing and smoothing until it was the size I wanted.
Some needle felted teddy bears l have seen ,the felting looks very tightly packed ,how is that done? The more you poke your roving with the felting needle, the more compacted it becomes.
Can I needle felt on Jeans? You could but then how would you wash them? Most of the felting I've seen on flat surfaces like fabric seems rather delicate to me.
and finally, are the needle felting instructions different from small projects to larger projects or are they the same? I'm not sure, but I think so. I've only done small projects.
I have an Aussie and would like to try my hand at making a needle felted dog that looks like her. There is a book, an online tutorial and kits available.