Fellow felters know how expensive those little needle holders can be. They run about $15-$20 in craft stores, and if you buy them on line there is shipping to pay.
So I decided to make my own, ergonomic version with junk from around my house.
Warning: Clover needles claim not using their holder with their product can be dangerous. So if you some how maim your self doing this project, you have been warned.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
1 Dollar Store Flash Light
2 Buttons that fits into the pipe behind the flashlight bowl but does not fall through.You also want to make sure that the needles just fit
in the holes. Too big and they wiggle, too small and the fat portion of the needle won't pass though.
4 Felting needles
1 Ball of roving to stuff behind the needles to hold them still.
1 Exact-o blade
Step 2: Take Apart Flash Light, Notch One Button
Take apart the flash light and remove the bulb and glass/plastic cover.
Notch your button as shown below with the exact-o blade. The notches should be deep enough to allow the hook of the needle to rest in and prevent the needle from spinning.
Step 3: Put the Needles in the Button
Place the four needles though both buttons, with the notched one closest to the bend so that the hook rests in the notches you just made.
Step 4: Assemble Bowl
Push the needles through the back opening of the bowl and push the buttons down into the center. They should fit snugly and not be able to pass though the other side.
at this point you would take the screw on backing that held the bulb in place and push some roving (loose wool) into it, then screw it back in place over the needles and buttons.
Step 5: Assemble!
Put the flash light back together without the bulb or front cover of course!
There you have it.
For travel you can assemble it with the bowl upside down with the needles pointing down into the body of the flash light.