I am wondering if anyone has any reviews on using a brush mat instead of foam for needle felting. I have just replaced my foam due to a saggy middle, not a good look....! however my new foam is saggy already, even though it was quite dense to begin with, so I wondered if the brush mat would be better in the long run.
Like Lyn I have a Clover brush mat but don’t use it since it’s too small. I use upsoltry foam also in different sizes. It’s not as firm as felting foam, but it works. Since it’s about two inches thick I rearely stab myself. ;-)
Thanks Marilyn, the brush mats do seem small, even the large! I don't stab myself in relation to how thick the foam is - I just get my fingers in the way! My cards sell well though so maybe it is worth the pain, blood, profanities (gosh, heck, blast) etc.....
I use the foam mats. the square ones that stick together like puzzle peises. sometimes you can find thicker ones that are for kneeling on. I just cut them to size and stack them if needed. you can get 4 packs that are about 12x12 inches at the dollar store here. The brushes always look too small to me. I haven't tried them.
Thanks Ann. I think you have persuaded me to stick with finding decent foam. Having said that, I noticed the foam on offer from Adelaide Walker at the wool show I went to recently seemed exactly the type I had just stabbed out of shape fairly quickly. Maybe I am either over productive or heavy handed! I will take a look at the denser upholstery foams.
One of my friends bought a brush mat a while ago, I could ask her to bring it for me to have a play next time she visits.
I have a brush and don’t like it - I find the wool pushes into it too much. I bought some foam from World of Wool a few years ago and it lasted well but I bought another piece more recently & it was completely useless. It broke apart very quickly & I ended up having to pick lots of bits of foam out of things. So I bought some black specialist needle felting foam online and it is brilliant. I can try to find out who the supplier was if that’s helpful.
Thanks Lyn, I will definitely have a go with my pals brush mat I think.
Thanks Lindsay, I have never encountered foam actually breaking apart, only sagging, but I know what you mean. If you could track down this supplier that you used, I would like to take a look thank you.
Hi Tracey. It was from Heidi Feathers - high density needle felting foam bought via Amazon. It looks like a single piece is about £6 but I think I went for the multi-buy 5 XL pieces for £16. It’s really good stuff. I bought them November last year when I was making lots of needle felted Christmas decorations. I wanted more than one as I sometimes work from home & sometimes from the studio. I occasionally use some tape to get rid of wool that’s stuck to the surface but so far I’ve been really impressed with the usability and resilience. I sound like an advert but it’s unusual for me to find a product where I think ‘wow, that’s so good’, compared with the foam I’d previously used.
Lindsay, my Heidi Feathers needle mat has just arrived. On first inspection - wow! very dense as you say. The one I was using was the same depth as the new one - 2", with my existing one I can squeeze my thumb and forefinger around it so they are touching, cannot do that with the new one. Thanks very much, will try it out later.