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Needle Felting with Acrylic? Check out Lion Brand's new Spinnables!

Lion Brand Spinnables

Felting and acrylic aren't usually words that go together, so when the opportunity arose to try out some of Lion Brand’s “Spinnables” 100% acrylic fiber, I was skeptical. You might recognize this fiber because it's our Homespun® before it’s spun into yarn! (We wrote about how Homespun® is made HERE.)

Here is a look at the fiber. It’s incredibly soft and silky. I frequently felt with superfine Merino wool, but even that does not compare to the softness of this fiber! It reminds me more of silk than of wool. Lion Brand Spinnables Acrylic Fiber
Acrylic Needle Felted Cat Next step was to try felting a simple object. I picked a cat, although I think the result looks more like a gummy bear. So let’s say it’s a gummy cat. The acrylic fiber felted surprisingly quickly and densely! The gummy cat feels very solid, although the surface texture retains some of the fiber’s silky smoothness. I started with a coarse felting needle and moved on to a finer one as the fiber began to firm up.
All finished! I only had one color to work with, but with multiple colors it would be possible to add details like eyes if desired (of course, a gummy cat doesn’t need them). Because of its extreme softness, this fiber is better suited to projects with simple shapes and rounded edges. Acrylic Needle Felted Cat
Acrylic Needle Felted Cat All-in-all, I think acrylic fiber is an excellent alternative to wool and a great way for those who forgo animal products to get into needle felting. I look forward to experimenting with it further and to seeing what others come up with.


"Spinnables" fiber is available in 3 oz packages of assorted colors - more than enough for several small projects like this. You can find it at the Lion Brand Outlet and on our website. If you are new to needle felting, we also have everything else you need to get started. We hope you'll give it a try!

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  • Kelsey

    I can't wait to see a feature about spinning this fiber. What a neat concept.

  • Kathy

    I am vegan and a fiber artist and miss working with felting so much! You honestly just made my year!!

  • Mimi

    Nice alternative for quick felting projects like characters and animals but it does not compare to the natural fibers of alpaca or wool. Will have to see how it spins up and perhaps use a little mixed in with my alpaca roving. . . . .may add some texture change.

  • Lesley

    I'm a very keen felter and this is interesting. I'll have to give it a go.

  • Alicia Vasquez

    here is the correct link to spinnables http://www.lionbrand.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=spinnables#1&profile=Products