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?
Never mind that, friends: I’ll fix a snack while you peruse this starter Felt Shopping Guide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Giant Dwarf, another etsy seller, sells a wool-rayon blended felt in large assorted bundles of 15 pieces, also alongside her finished felt objects.
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.
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″).
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.