Needle felting is one of the methods of taking fleece (or even yarn) and, with agitation, turning individual fibers into a cohesive mass.

The needles are not the same as sewing needles, and instead have several little barbs on them. It is these barbs that do the agitation and cause individual fibers to bond together, resulting in the wool (as well as alpaca, llama, mohair, etc.) to create the adhesion, turning to felt. Or, adhering to another surface (such as in decorating like the hats to the right).

You don't need any thing expensive (the needles are a couple of bucks) nor is there a big mess as there is in wet felting.

This is a great way to decorate. Draw out a design or just go free form.

The following pages will show you the basice.