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Topic: What's the difference between regular felt and wool felt?  (Read 4824 times)
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« on: October 23, 2007 01:47:05 PM »

I'm making a wee wonderfuls robot and spaceboy (check them out, they're totally cute -- weewonderfuls.com) and I'm supposed to use wool felt for the panel on the robot and the face and trimmings on the spaceboy. Will regular old cheap felt do just as well, or is there something special about wool felt?
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2007 12:49:36 PM »

craft felt is made from acyrlic and can pull away from stitches in your seams particularly if you a stuffing  a toy or doll made from it.  I also find that it has more stretch.

Wool felt, the fibres are more matted together so although it will stretch a little it doesn't seem to stretch as much as the craft felt.  Wool felt tends to be thick so it doesn't pull away from the stitches of your seams.

For toy making I prefer the wool felt but craft felt comes in more colours.

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2007 10:55:40 PM »

I always prefer wool felt when toy making - but, it's really expensive compared to acrylic.  A good compromise is a wool blend (70-80%).  You get the softness and durability of wool at a much cheaper price.   

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« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2007 11:36:58 AM »

Yeah - the above posters nailed it. Wool felt is a tough, durable fiber weave that won't stretch or rip easily. Regular felt tears easily, shows stitches, and looks cheap (in my opinion).

ALTHOUGH, having said that, don't let that stop you from using it -- it's really good to practice with.

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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2007 12:10:46 AM »

I actually like acrylic felt (the thick kind) for my monkey eyes. It doesn't look cheap, it is easy to work with, the stitches don't show or pull, and you can wash it.

I only use wool felt when I need a thin layer of felt somewhere... because then the acrylic kind is not durable enough.

« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2007 11:31:07 AM »

Pretty much what everyone else said...

Wool felt -- made of wool or a wool blend.

Craft felt -- made of acrylic/rayon blend usually.  If you pull at it, it will separate and tear, especially at seams. 

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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2007 12:07:08 PM »

Is there an easy test for wool vs. acrylic felt?

I recently purchased a bunch of felt at an auction -- it had a musty smell, so washed it in cold on delicate cycle. Some of the felt came out with a sort of wavy/shorn lamb looking pattern on it, some of it is still just flat/plain. Does that mean some of it's wool felt?



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« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2007 06:42:56 AM »

thanks for all the responses. I got a couple of little pieces of wool felt from a quilting store in the city for $2 a tiny piece, and then I got some sweaters and the thrift store and ran them through a hot wash and dry cycle, so hopefully those will suit my purposes.
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2007 11:08:37 AM »

Is there an easy test for wool vs. acrylic felt?

I guess the burn test should work... There's a lot of information about it on the internet.


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« Reply #9 on: December 31, 2007 06:03:39 AM »

Hi. I'm new to sewing with felt too. Are there different qualities for acrylic felt as well? I've seen thinner ones as well as thicker ones. Will acrylic or wool felt pill more easily? Is it possible to purchase pre-cut felt online with international shipping? Thanks.
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« Reply #10 on: December 31, 2007 10:01:10 AM »

Wool felt is also handy if you needle felt. Becasue you can use it to needle felt onto. Smiley
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