When I started needle felting in 2013, there really weren't any guides to it online (well, technically I started in 2008, and there really wasn't anything available and had to put on hold due to lack of resources). There were a few books out there on the shelves, but most of the books are like tutorial books - they just show you how to make stuff, not really explaining the details of how or why felting works. They told you to get needles, but they didn't really go into detail about which needles to get, or what the difference was between them. They told you to use a base to protect your work surface and your needles, but they just mentioned using a standard-issue foam that you can buy in the shop. I didn't know I could save some money and use a sponge, or save the packing foam from your purchases. Thinking back, it seems like it would be common sense, but I know that when you're learning something new, you're afraid of experimenting. It's like when you try a new recipe - you do it word for word, even if you're pretty sure you can replace one ingredient with another because it might turn out horribly wrong if you change it up. I'm here to tell you, it's okay to experiment. That this is so new, nobody has ALL the answers. In fact, I'm already planning on revisiting these posts as I find things that might help you. Think of it as a needle felting wiki. Should you decide you want to support me in my efforts, check out my shop, maybe pick a tutorial for yourself, request a commission, or purchase something else you like in there. It is very much appreciated!