Spotlight on feltonthefly shop
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Welcome to the revised series of threads called SHOP OWNER SPOTLIGHT. Each day a different Shop Owner will be featured. At the end of the day, the featured shop owner will pass the torch to the next shop owner listed by starting a new thread for them and contacting them, (as well as Blackfireink,) with the thread link. These threads run Monday thru Friday, only.
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Today I get to introduce feltonthefly!
Please go on over and take a look at her shop: feltonthefly.etsy.com where she sells really gorgeous 100% real wool felt. She also has some wonderful items she sewed, with felt of course. I especially like the horse. Too cute!
So I'm supposed to ask you two questions to start off.
What's your favorite fabric? Just kidding!
So how long have you been sewing? Is it a generational thing in your family?
What's your favorite movie?
Posted at 12:26 am Jun 29, 2010 EDT
Ooh, japanese craft books...and the felt, sigh.
Technicalish question: Do you ever think you'll do die-cuts? Also, why do you prefer 100% wool over a blend?
I'm happy to do die cuts if you've got something in particular in mind. I've been toying with the idea, and I've got some pretty awesome dies to choose from. I'm also playing around with my own original die designs. Now how fun is that!!! Convo me if you've got requests/suggestions!!!
Personally, I prefer pure wool felt over a blend because it's a higher quality material. When you blend wool with another ingredient, the wool fiber has less to 'stick' to. The wool fiber will eventually (sometimes almost immediately) begin separating from the 'blend', and that's what causes pilling and excessive fuzziness.
If you were to look at a wool fiber under a microscope, you would see that the end of the fiber has scales. It's these scales that lock together to form felt. Other fibers/materials (such as rayon) don't have scales, so there's nothing for the wool fiber to lock together with, or tangle together with.
Wool felt is the most eco-friendly felt you can get. It takes less processing to turn it into felt.
There are many many different types of felt. Just because a felt may be labeled as 100% wool, you have to take into consideration what type of sheep's fiber was used, what type of processing was used, and what type of dyes were used. Some felts were created for commercial applications, such as automobile trunk liners. pool table coverings and varsity jacket letters. They may be 100% wool, but they don't compare to a fine merino wool that was specifically created for the fine handwork marketplace.
Depending on the project and how you want to use felt, some felts might be better choices than others. I'm a self-proclaimed wool snob who appreciates the best. If I'm going to spend time creating something, hand-stitching it, then I'm going to use the purest felt possible.
Posted at 11:15 pm Jun 29, 2010 EDT
Related to the above, is there any particular reason why felt is your medium of choice (as opposed to yarn or fabric or roving, etc)?
Well, I don't knit or crochet so I don't need much yarn. I do love fabric and have a huge stash of it for 'someday'. Wool felt just is so cool to me cuz I love it that it comes from cute little sheep. It's natural, it has a place in our world history and culture...it's just so beautiful! Very forgiving to work with as well.
Posted at 11:19 pm Jun 29, 2010 EDT
Felt... do you have any words of wisdom to leave us with?
And will you be sure to start the next thread?
Words of wisdom? Nah. I think I've said enough! Thanks for the spotlight and for putting up with my shenanigans. This has been fun.
I'll be very happy to start the next thread.
*off to figure out who's next in line!*
Posted at 11:20 pm Jun 29, 2010 EDT