How to blend wool roving to make new colours for needle felting

How to blend wool roving to make new colours for needle felting

Blending different colours of wool roving (un-spun wool fiber) is an easy technique to use when you need a slightly different colour wool. You can also use this method to make a mottled colour to make realistic animal fur. 

Wool blending can be done by hand, or by using hand carders. In this blog post I will show how to do this by hand.


  • wool roving/sliver or wool bats in colours you would like to blend
  • hand carders (if preferred)

With your wool you can use more or less of a colour depending on the shade you would like. It may take a bit of experimenting if you're looking for a specific colour. When wool blending by hand, I would recommend only doing this with small amounts of wool as this makes it easier to keep the wool going in the same direction.

  1. Take wool roving colours you would like to blend and place on top of each other.                                      
  2. Holding each end of the wool roving gently pull on each end until it separates.                         
  3. Place wool roving on top of each other as shown below so wool is going in same direction, then gently seperate wool again.                                                                                                                 
  4. Repeat this until you have the desired mottled effect seen in the below, or until your wool is completely blended.                                                               

Note: the more similar the wool colours you use, the more natural the blend will look. A good example of this is the yellow and toffee blend below.                                


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