As copies of my book are beginning to make their way out into the world I'm going to periodically share some of my favorite sources for the fabrics and supplies you might want to play with while working your way through the projects. First up, a material I used every single day: wool felt. I love wool felt, and it's more reasonably priced cousin wool-blend felt. It's vibrantly colored, it's sturdy, and it doesn't fray. I wrote a guest post for Craftsy a few months ago about how I cut felt shapes accurately if that interests you.
My local big box fabric store has a very limited selection of wool-blend felt, and doesn't carry 100% wool felt at all, so I source my felt elsewhere. All of the felt I've used for the past few years was manufactured by National Nonwovens. This company is based here in Massachusetts and many of the retail stores, both brick-and-mortar and online, that sell wool felt get it from National Nonwovens. The colors are lusious and the quality impeccable. Buy it retail at Wool Felt Central. They seem to have every color and the prices are pretty darn good.
National Nonwovens provided all the felt I used in the projects in Stuffed Animals. Way back when I was just starting to plan the project they sent me all of their sample cards in the mail. I spent a wonderful few days figuring out what I wanted. This was one of the most exciting activities ever and it was the beginning of a great relationship, too.
I've been sewing samples for National Nonwovens' Quilt Market booth ever since. I made butterflies when they did a spring theme and then I made hibiscus flowers for an island theme. This year Stuffed Animals' official release date is just before spring Market and I'm really excited that the book will be displayed in their booth! I won't be there, but my toys will hang out and represent me.This week I'm sewing projects from the book using National Nonwovens wool felt including:
some fish, which are very simple softies that begin with just a coloring-book style outline and become the most basic sewing pattern:
I'm putting together some amazing giveaway prizes to celebrate the
book's official release date, May 7, and you can bet they'll be some
National Nonwovens' felt in the mix, along with some other awesome
goodies. The prize piles are growing so you might want to mark your calendar!
That's a peek into my studio right now. Today I'm putting the eyes on all the toys and then they'll go into the mail. I'm hoping to spot a few photos of them on display at Market on Twitter.