Are you talking about the little crafts in books like Feltcraft: Making Dolls, Gifts and Toys by Petra Berger? This type of feltcraft uses flat pieces of pre-made felt fabric. You can use any type of felt you want -- wool or acrylic. Wool has a nice feel to it; you can get it at a Waldorf school or someplace like A Child's Dream Come True on the Internet (I think it's www.achildsdream.com) or other Waldorf-y sites like Magic Cabin Dolls, Rosie Hippo, etc. Really, though, you can make the dolls out of the felt squares you buy from Walmart for about 25cents apiece, or go to a fabric store and buy acrylic felt by the yard. I've used all of the above. It depends on what's available when the crafting mood hits, and, frankly, why I'm making it. If it's something that's going to be used a couple of times at Vacation Bible School and then tossed in a box I use the cheap stuff.
Or, are you talking about taking wool roving and shaping it with water and agitation into more sculptural pieces? Like in The Art of Feltmaking by Anne Einset Vickrey? For that you need actual wool roving, which you can get from the above mentioned Waldorf-y sites, as well as some yarn shops (we happen to live down the street from someone who loves to spin, so she knows all sorts of sources). I just bought a couple of felting kits from Bob and Nancy's Bookstore, as a matter of fact.
As for needle felting, I've never tried it. My sole source of knowledge is from reading the descriptions in the Child's Dream Come True catalog. "Needle felting is felting without water using a very sharp, barbed needle to poke and shape unspun wool."
Queen Gwen, yes that is precisely the book I am talking about (the Feltcraft one)!
I guess I shouldn't have said "stumped" as I do have a clue, but it just seems very complicated w/ all the tiny pieces and piecing it all together, kwim? It also seems like the felt would get all fuzzy and not hold the stitches. I am trying to make a little toadstool dollie right now... we'll see how it goes.
I need to get some cotton knit stuff for little faces... where do you get that?
Wendy, doesn't that kill your hand poking and poking the wool? Do you poke at it in a particular way? Or just randomly? I want to try that too...
I really want to be able to make little things for our nature table (that keeps getting knocked over! argh) like gnomes, fairies, root children, etc.
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