I'm a wet felter and I want to try needle felting. I'm not clear about core wool. Is core wool a certain breed that's best used as core wool? Is it best not to use the core wool for the outer/final layers of my design? Could I use any of my existing stash as core wool? Thank you for listening to my endless questions ---Magzie
I bought a daisy pin cushion needle felting kit from Adelaide Walker a while ago and the core wool that came in the kit was Cheviot, and the outer layers were Merino. I cannot comment if any other wool would be suitable as core wool however. I would have a go with what is in your stash, make a sample marble sized ball of whatever wool you have maybe. Questions are good!
I have just checked the price of Cheviot for you, World of Wool UK is £1.50 for 100g.
Core wool is usually just cheap white wool. You don't want to waste the nice dyed wool in the middle of a project where no one will see it. if you are doing small things it doesn't really matter but for larger things it makes sense. I prefer Corriedale for needle felting. It comes in lots of colours and is readily available. It is courser than merino but gives an nice smooth finish and felts faster. The courser still wools and the "nonfelting" wools make great fast felting, so they are great for the bulk of what you are doing and then cover and put detail in with nicer died wool. When they say non felting wool they are talking about wet felting. The core wools are usually much cheaper. Hope that helps.
Ann - your advice is a BIG help! I do have Corriedale on hand. Interesting about the non felting wool - I didn't know that. I have some Hog Island Sheep roving that doesn't wet felt for me, its very springy, so I'm going to see how it needle felts or use it for core wool. Thanks a gazillion!