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Old 04-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #1  
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Does anyone know where to buy a thinner felt for making the flowers on the cards? I am guessing it is not the felt in Michaels sold in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets in the regular craft section?? maybe I am wrong. I have seen pretty flowers made by layering felt scallop shapes.
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Does anyone know where to buy a thinner felt for making the flowers on the cards? I am guessing it is not the felt in Michaels sold in 8 1/2 x 11 sheets in the regular craft section?? maybe I am wrong. I have seen pretty flowers made by layering felt scallop shapes.
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Hobby Lobby in my area has several weights of felt, and one is very tightly knit and thin - not as fluffy as the standard sheets.

Also, if you have a somewhat boutiquey fabric store, there are some new felts out that are thinner and have much more subtle colors.

I found some gorgeous felt at one of those here in Austin.
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I bought some from Vintage Vogue and from Papertrey and both are definitely think enough for flowers
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I've not used this felt...but I really want to try it!
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Hobby Lobby in my area has several weights of felt, and one is very tightly knit and thin - not as fluffy as the standard sheets.

Also, if you have a somewhat boutiquey fabric store, there are some new felts out that are thinner and have much more subtle colors.

I found some gorgeous felt at one of those here in Austin.
I'd love to know which store in Austin. I have recently bought several flower dies for my Big Shot and would love to try felt flowers!

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I'd love to know which store in Austin. I have recently bought several flower dies for my Big Shot and would love to try felt flowers!

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It's the Stitch Lab on South First - I don't even SEW and that place is heaven on earth. <3 it.

The fabric they have is crazy cute - and so fun in the Big Shot!!
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I just got the new Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and bought a bunch of the felt at Michael's....I will have to try to run it through my big shot tonight....will come back and post if it works well.
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It's the Stitch Lab on South First - I don't even SEW and that place is heaven on earth. <3 it.

The fabric they have is crazy cute - and so fun in the Big Shot!!
Thanks - will have to definitely check them out! Just got the Flower Folds die and I want to make flower hair thingies for my two year old!
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Thank you everyone, keep me posted on your finds. I have the Tim Holtz tattered flower die and I cannot wait to use them!
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So the felt sheets from Michaels doesn't work in the Big Shot for making flowers? I bought a couple of sheets yesterday but haven't tried it yet.
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So the felt sheets from Michaels doesn't work in the Big Shot for making flowers? I bought a couple of sheets yesterday but haven't tried it yet.
Oh they do - but they are stiffer and not as soft and scrunchy as the thinner felt.
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If you like to support etsy sellers, check out Giant Dwarf for felt! I bought her Vintage Holiday felt collection, and the quality is fabulous. Great colors, lots of different collections...check it out!
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I use regular "cheap" felt all the time when cutting flowers. I use either the Sizzix dies or the Cuttlebug and you don't get too much fraying.
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http://www.papertreyink.com/emb_felt.html
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Thanks for the link! I think I may order the 60 piece 6x6 collection to see all the colors in person!
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I bought felt by the yard at JoAnn's but either my dies wouldn't cut all the way through or they came out with kinda fuzzy edges. I ran my felt through my Big Kick, using my platform tab 2, two plates and one cardboard shim (one or two shims whichever works based on your machines calibration.) The felt became compressed but not flat which allowed for easy cutting and no fuzzy edges! Good luck! Gabby
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Papertrey felt is the best!!! It cuts great and the feel and look of it is way above anything you can buy at Michael's etc. You have to try it..once you do you won't want to use anything else!
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I have all the new PTI felt and LOVE it! The cheaper felts work ok, but tend to leave little freys around cut that you have to go back with a scissor for. So far, the PTI felt has worked with PTI dies, QK dies, ect and no problems cutting through and it cuts beautifully! It's also a nice sturdy weight.
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If you have an AC Moore store near you they sell it. It's very thick they sell it in the fabric area. They show using it to create decorations on purses and lapel pins.
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I just looked at the PTI website and it appears the only two colors available in the felt is brown and black. How did everyone get the various colors? Thanks for the help!
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What you're probably looking for, and what sets PaperTrey's felt apart as well, is WOOL felt. The craft felt that you find at Michael's and even felt on the bolt at Joann's and Hancock is 100% acrylic. Wool felt is another fabric entirely. The natural fibers lock together closely, take dyes beautifully, and cut cleanly.

100% wool felt can be difficult to find, at least it's difficult to find in my neck of the woods. I finally located some at a local fabric/quilting store, but the colors that they carried were primarily an earth-tone palette. Eventually, I ordered felt on Etsy. There are several sellers carrying 100% wool felt, and some with rayon/wool-mix felt of varying percentages. I purchased a rayon/wool mix felt from "Little Brown Bird" on Etsy, and I was very pleased with the product and her customer service, but there are quite a few shops with excellent product and reputations.

If you decide to purchase online, DO keep your eye on the SIZE of the felt, especially if the price seems too good to be true in comparison to other felts. Also, don't expect to find prices similar to those you pay for craft felt. Wool felt is MUCH more expensive. Plan on paying around $1.00 per sheet or more, depending on the percentage of wool.

Finally, if you're adventurous, you could look into making some felt. With the growing popularity of needle-felting, wool roving is sometimes more readily available than felted fabric. If you can find roving, you can easily felt it yourself, and the supplies are....well....almost ridiculously inexpensive and available. You'll need soap, water, and, of all things, bubble wrap. I don't know that you even NEED the bubble wrap, but it makes agitation easier. This video by CRAFT magazine explains the process in less than 3 minutes. Yes, it really IS that easy.

Okay, I think I've made my post plenty long enough, but I hope this provides the information that you need to get the results you want. You don't have to discount craft felt. I used some orange felt from Michael's to make these lollipop flowers for a swap here on SCS, and it worked just fine for the country-autumn style that I was attempting. However, if you want something more elegant or just plain higher quality, you definitely want wool felt.

Oh, and give PTI some time. They only introduced their felt in February, so they haven't released all their colors yet, but their felt is 100% wool and, like most of their supplies, is very competitively priced.

Again, I hope this helps.
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I have bought the sticky back felt at Michael's and for me it works great. I've even layered it and added a button on top. Looks good to me. The only thing is that they don't have a variety of colors in the sticky back. This felt works great on the Sizzix and Cuttlebug, sharp, clean edges.
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A great tip that I learned here on SCS is to put a piece of copy paper between your felt and the plate when using the Cuttlebug; it cuts perfectly for me doing this! No more frayed edges; So far I've only used felt from Michael's but I just got my order from PTI and can't wait to try the black felt I bought.
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Heather Bailey has pretty felt : http://www.heatherbaileystore.com/category-s/55.htm
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I agree the PTI felt is TOPS. Great quality and cuts like a dream with my CB and dies. At this point, their color selection is quite limited, but growing every month. I'll keep adding to my stash as they offer new colors.
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A great tip that I learned here on SCS is to put a piece of copy paper between your felt and the plate when using the Cuttlebug; it cuts perfectly for me doing this! No more frayed edges; So far I've only used felt from Michael's but I just got my order from PTI and can't wait to try the black felt I bought.
This worked great for me too. I used Joann's craft felt with nestibilities and ran it through the cuttlebug. Clean cuts and looked great!
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If you're getting frayed edges, it may be that your cutting plate is getting chewed up and it's catching a tiny bit on there.
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I have great success cutting any felt on my cuttlebug! I just love how they turn out. I don't live in the US and I have to make do with the felt we can get here, and they don't have a big variety, but it works and that's all that matters. Bye, off to cut some more felt flowers.
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Roving is wool, usually dyed already, that can be felted, either with felting needles into cute shapes, or you can do what's called wet felting, where you get it wet and shrink it into sturdy, multicolored beautiful felt.

Roving comes in soft fuzzy little packages and different qualities.

Needle felting is fun and ADDICTIVE - beware!!

Here's a little needle felted bunny

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Don't mean to hijack but that Bunny is ADORABLE!!!! I LOVE it!! tfs
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Basically, roving is wool before it becomes something usable to us humans . Wool most often comes from sheep, although there are other types of "wool" fibers--llama, goat, rabbit. Once removed from the animal by brushing or shearing, the hairs must be cleaned, carded (brushed to untangle and straighten), and dyed. That's roving. If you take processing one step further, you'll arbitrarily tangle the fibers to make felt or systematically tangle--wind--the fibers into a thin twist, making thread, or a thick twist, forming yarn. Wool is a wonderful fiber to use because the hairs are somewhat "barbed," so they catch on one another and hold together, which is why you can "tangle" them with agitation or needles to make a sturdy mass that won't untangle, even if you cut the fibers with a knife or scissor.

Most everyone has, at some time, ruined a wool sweater by washing it in hot water. That's agitation. When you couple that with wool's wonderful shrinking property, you get ruined sweaters. OR, if you want to think of it in more positive terms, you've begun the felting process . A couple more times through the washer, and you'll have a great piece of fabric that you can cut into and re-use for some new and fantastic project
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I have bought about 10 shades of felt from Michaels and it works for me. I made a flower here:SC 213 by smriti at Splitcoaststampers. I used my nesties and big shot to make that. The flower will be a little frayed but not visibly so. I think it's a good tradeoff considering its price!
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You can find thinner felt at Walmart, at least here in Ottawa.

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JoAnns has a beautiful selection of 20% and 70% wool felt. Incidentally, 1/8 yard, the amallest cut you can buy, fits great in the big shot dies. It is less than $1 per 1/8 yeard for the nicer wool felt, so I got all the colors. Makes great hair decorations. We did a 3 layer flower on the mini milkbox die for Valentie's Day. It was gorgeous.
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Wow, I'm going to Tuesday Morning tomorrow, and Joann's is right next door. I hope ours carries that 70% wool felt. I'd be in HEAVEN.

Whether it's wool or acrylic, felt really is a blast to craft with. My son loves hedgehogs, so I made him a felt hedgehog pincushion and needle-book when he went away to college (everybody needs a mending kit, right?). It's so nice to sew something and not have to worry about wrong sides, seam allowances, and unraveling.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:31 AM   #38  
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Default felt for flowers

i have used both the wool felt and the less expensive acrylic felt with no problem. i have the big shot and have used sizzix dies & nestabilities with great results. i layer the thinner felt with card stock and get clean cuts with no fuzzy edges. the tim holtz tattered florals are fabulous! love the look in both paper and felt. wool felt is more flexible in my opinion and has a nice feel to it. if you do get fuzzy edges, try using a layer of cardstock with the felt and run it through forwards and then backwards. i have no idea what i am going to do with all these flowers i have die cut, but i am having so much fun with the paper and felt that i can't stop!
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:47 PM   #39  
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Default I need some help. please

This is my firstt time posting here. OK.....I make OOAK dolls and i need thin felt to make a hat. Some one gave me a hat made with a thin felt.....it is almost like paper. The felt has to be plalced over a form (like a dolls head) and then i place a rubber band on the bottom and then paint it with a fabric stiffener. The craft felt is too thick. Thats why i need a thin felt. Any help is appreciated. thanks cheryl
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Old 04-21-2012, 02:20 AM   #40  
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mesissy- Welcome to the board. I make OOAK dolls too. I buy my thin felt at independent fabric stores. Look for the ones who sale more costuming fabric or the warehouse type fabric stores. I have some luck with Ebay sellers.

I found some really nice thin felt the other day at Dollar Tree of all places.
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