Bought this and the pen style tool to give needle felting a try. This mat is a good size for smaller projects and works well- I was worried that foam mats might grab or dull the needles and this mat lets them glide thru effortlessly and prevents you from poking the needle too far thru and breaking it. I used this to put some decorative snowflake patches on the elbows of a sweater and it did the job- just the right size to get down a sleeve and once you have it placed correctly it grabs on to the fabric and doesn't slide around. Spend the extra couple bucks if you're deciding between foam and the bristle mats to get started- no regrets here!
This felting mat gets the job done. It is a little difficult to maneuver in tight spots (eg., placing inside a small purse), but for larger projects it works very well. I understand there are foam mats that might be useful in a small space.
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