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I'm going to start doing some homeschooling with our 3 year old, and want to use a felt board. Where can I buy super cheap felt for making letters, numbers, animals etc....?

I know I can probably go to JoAnne's, but would rather do my shopping online.

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You can buy a package of wool felt from Nova Natural for a good price;
http://www.novanatural.com/s.nl/it.A...category=21520

IF you want to choose your colors, buy less and bigger squares, my local shop is Earth Guild, where you get a discount if you buy 6 or more squares;
http://www.earthguild.com/products/f...l/feltroll.htm

These are for wool felt, which is natural.

Of course if you really want really cheap felt, it would have to be acrylic, and that is sold at Malwart for 20 cents a sheet. But who wants that?

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You can also buy partial wool felt from Wool Felt Central. It's a better price than 100% wool felt, but it's way nicer than acrylic felt. There's a 20% off coupon on Weefolkart.com for the store. When I bought their felt for my advent calendar, I used their instructions for soaking and drying it first, and that made it nicer and took away that "manufacturered" feel that it had.

You could also try the Kumon Eco-felt which you could online at Joanns or something. It's made from recycled bottles and I'm not sure but may be by the yard. So, it's not wool, but it's recycled, and much cheaper than wool.

Just depends on what you are looking for. The ecofelt feels much nicer than cheap craft felt.
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Oh and I buy my 100% wool felt from Weir Dolls which had the best prices last time I did research on that.
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I've never worked with felt before. Is there a big difference between wool and synthetic (other than the obvious environmental aspect)?

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I've never worked with felt before. Is there a big difference between wool and synthetic (other than the obvious environmental aspect)?

No comparison at all! The wool is dreamy to work with- it warms a bit to the touch and feels like a living thing. The colors are so much nicer, more natural. It's easy to work with hand sewing needle and thread, floss or crewel yarn. Acrylic is oily feeling and kind of sticks to your hands. It's scratchy. It tears apart and gets holes, distorts easily, pills like crazy. Wool holds up really well without pilling. You can steam it into shapes- it's very malleable. Wool blends are ok as long as the synthetic content is not to high-- Then it rips apart easily.
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