Felt Week: Felt Shopping Guide

Bonjour! Has Felt Week whetted your apetite for the softer, fuzzier side of fabric? Are you ready to experience wool you could sink your teeth into, if the thought of chewing on this weren’t so weird? Are you wondering why my metaphors always seem to veer off into the culinary?

Me too.

Never mind that, friends: I’ll fix a snack while you peruse this starter Felt Shopping Guide.

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Kata Golda, author of Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt (review) recommends OhMa Felt, a California company offering custom-dyed blends of 70% wool and 30% rayon in 35 colors. She also lists in her Resources section Magic Cabin, purveyor of fine kids’ learning toys,+ for 100% wool felt available in 56 colors.

Wool Felt, Wool Blend Felt, Recycled Felt at FELT-O-RAMA

Felt-o-rama offers a great, colorful selection of hand-dyed woven wool, wool blend felt, recycled eco-felt & 3mm wool felt. See our interview with owner April here.

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Etsy seller Filzfelt sells an amazing variety of 100% wool felts from Germany, in a range of thicknesses and in sizes from 12″x12″ up to 70″-wide yardage. This felt has a certain industrial quality to it — suitable for upholstery or fashion, and it’s shown as floor covering as well, to give you an idea of the weight and strength. Filzfelt also offers pre-cut and finished items in addition to the raw material.

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Heather Bailey has introduced a new line of wool-blend and bamboo felts. They’re available in her store in a range of very Heather hues.

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Wool Felt Central: The name says it all, right? More than 60 colors in 100% wool, plus they offer a wool-rayon blend in 36″-wide yardage, which is refreshing as most places (excepting Filzfelt above) typically offer precut squares instead.

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If you like your wool felt in tidily arranged chromalogical bundles, Purl Soho is the place to try. They offer 100% wool in 10 color combinations, with eight colors of Wollfilz wool felt to the bundle, in packs with names such as Dahlia and Earth. They also offer wool felt in individual sheets, if you’d rather purchase your colors one at a time.

Image c. Felt On The Fly on Etsy

Another source for custom felt collections is etsy shop Felt on the Fly, which sells three- and five-piece combinations of 100% wool pieces alongside owner Linda’s finished felt objects.

Image via Giant Dwarf on etsy

Giant Dwarf, another etsy seller, sells a wool-rayon blended felt in large assorted bundles of 15 pieces, also alongside her finished felt objects.

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Etsy seller Lit’l Brown Bird sells the amazing SunFelt, a wool-rayon blend from Japan, in 60 colors and two sizes: mini and jumbo. LBB also sells Felt Ribbon, which is made of polyester and crazy cute.

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Prefer your felt to be green? Feltwerker sells recycled felt from old sweaters on etsy, in packs, kits or scrap bundles.

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Sue Spargo sells hand-dyed wool in 49 colors and two sizes (fat eights and fat quarters), plus yardage and full combo packs as in sheets as small as fat twenty-fourths (6×12″).

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You can get Oeko-Tex-certified 100% Holland wool felt from A Child’s Dream Come True, in addition to bamboo felt, 3mm felt, handmade felt and plant-dyed felt.

That should be enough to get you started! Pardon the crumbs on my shirt. Do you have a favorite felt source we missed? Let us know!

Photo credits: All images belong to the individual shops listed above.

18 Comments

  1. Amy Menges says:

    Wow, what a great, albeit overwhelming, list of resources! I love this blog!

  2. vanessa says:

    A while ago I found http://www.ericas.com that seems to have a nice selection of felt at reasonable prices. The exact link for felt squares is http://www.ericas.com/fabric/woolfelt.htm. I haven’t purchased there yet, but I have been meaning to…

  3. Jacqui says:

    The wool blend felts seem to be very popular but my only experience with them here in NZ is that the quality is variable and they pill and fuzz if you so much as look at them. If I was buying from these reputable online places could I expect not to get pilling and a really sturdy felt? Does anyone have good experiences with any of them for making toys that get a lot of handling? I’d love to feel confident buying the blends because they’re so much cheaper than the pure wool!

  4. Cindy says:

    Eye candy, I tell ya, eye candy.

  5. mo says:

    What an amzing list you have put together! Thank you so much for putting this together!

  6. Nicole says:

    I’m a sucker for 100% wool felt, actually, I get grumpy when felt is sold as wool felt and it’s not 100% and the seller doesn’t include a description in their notes.

    I love http://www.winterwoodtoys.com.au in Australia for their hand dyed felt and also FeltPro for her 100% wool felt, http://www.feltpro.net/ she sells on ebay.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you so much for compiling this guide — and especially for listing the etsy shop that sells 100% wool by the yard. I have not been able to find this on my own.

    For those looking for a testimonial, I have bought the Holland 100% wool felt from A Child’s Dream Come True, as well as a swatch set of the 3mm wool felt, and it’s lovely — sturdy but with a soft hand, and in beautiful colors. I only wish it were available by the yard.

  8. Donna says:

    The 100% wool felt from A Child’s Dream Come True is just lovely, I bought a few sheets for making toys and it works wonderfully. I’ve also bought wool blend felt from http://www.dancingraindolls.com/ and wool felt from http://www.weirdollsandcrafts.com/. Weir Dolls and Crafts has the best prices, but their wool felt is not as supple as the felt I bought from A Child’s Dream Come True, but because of the price I’m a lot more comfortable letting my kids cut it up for their own projects.

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  10. Mimi K says:

    I’ve bought 100% wool felt from Edinburgh Imports- http://www.edinburghimports.com/shopping/FU4.asp
    They sell by the yard- 60+ inches wide, have lots of colors and the German felt is denser then the felt from Holland that I’ve used.
    Also- I have seen some wool blends fade dramatically- there were bolts at Joanns a few years ago that had noticeable lines and the fading was just from store lights. It has made me wary of the blends. I’d love to see some testing of that!

  11. Thanks for chiming in with the testimonials, guys! Keep ‘em coming.

    Mimi, thanks also for pointing out the fading question. Weeks Ringle left a comment on a post a little while back that also cautioned against fading by store lights — the topic was regular cotton stashes, but the problem is the same. I hope to have more instruction on that soon!

    – Mary Beth

  12. Kristin says:

    I bought a sample pack from Wool Felt Central (which is also part of Prairie Point Junction.) I think it had 78 colors and was a great bargain. Perfect if you only do embellishing with felt and need small pieces. (6″ square, I believe.)

  13. Angelina says:

    This is so great. Thank you for putting it together. I’ve never worked with felt but now I’m inspired.

  14. Jessica says:

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been tearing my hair out for months trying to find shops with reasonably-priced 100% wool felt yardage. I always have to stock up at the yearly sheep & wool festival in my state, and the booth I buy from is always so mobbed, I’m lucky to get half of the colors I need! I’m bookmarking this post–excellent, excellent resource.

  15. Sharon says:

    I fell in love with the gorgeous woolens from a now defunct US mill and began felting and overdying them for my own creations. I also sell custom bundles and some yardage.

  16. Paisley says:

    Forgive the shameless plug, but I offer a range of hand dyed 100% woolen felt on my site.

    Not only plain colours, but lots of patterns including rainbow and some unique patterns you don’t see anywhere else.

    Pricing only in AUD for the time being, but if you need some I ship worldwide just email me if you are interested.

    Paisley

  17. Janet W says:

    Welllll….this is a nice surprise! Just stumbled upon this site by accident and found my shop mentioned! I am Janet, owner of FeltOnTheFly. Thank you for the mention of my felt. In addition to the felt bundles offered in my shop, I’m happy to sell by-the-piece and I love putting together custom orders too. Larger pieces are available by request in my shop. I love to “talk felt”. I have over a decade of experience studying and collecting and stitching! Feel free to get in touch with me.

    What a lovely blog. I was literally drooling!

    All the best! Janet

  18. Denise says:

    I recently found a site that has not only different plain colours, but a wonderful range of rainbow and other patterns, all hand dyed.

    http://www.fairyring.com.au/fairyring/materials/patterned-felt/cat_15.html

    I picked up a few rainbow pieces for a workshop I did recently, very nice