Triangular Felting Needles – Barbs 3 sides
32 Gauge – This is a sturdy needle good for working with course fibres and firmly attaching pieces. Not good for detail or a neat surface.
36 Gauge – A good needle for making the bulk of a 3D piece and again, attaching pieces well. Not for any detail work.
38 Gauge – All rounder needle good for bulk work and adding some detail. Good for sculpting with but not so good for course fibres.
40 Gauge – A fine needle for detail work and getting a neat surface. Best not to use it when working with course fibres or for rough sculpting/bulk work.
42 Gauge – An even finer needle generally reserved for adding fine hair, tiny wisps of wool etc.
Star Felting Needles – Barbs 4 sides
36 Gauge – This is good for quick firm felting, for using with courser wools and for joining pieces together.
38 Gauge – Similar to the 36 Star but also good for slightly finer work and finer wools. This is a great all round needle that works well for doing bulk-sculpting work and adding detail and is therefore the needle we have in our kits.
Spiral Felting Needles – Barbs that twist around the needle
38 and 40 Gauge – The barbs on these needles twist around the end. This makes them felt quickly and gives a neat finish minimising the surface holes you can get with other needles. They are less good for doing bulk sculpting work.
Reverse Felting Needles
The barbs on these needles go the other way, pulling the fibres out rather than pushing them in. This is useful to create a fluffy finish on a well felted piece.
Ref: Hawthorn Handmade