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« on: March 26, 2004 12:03:11 AM »

 Does anyone happen to know of a source for cheap wool felt. I went to Joann's today and was all psycked about getting some, but when I saw that A) it only came in big piece and B) that it was $9 a yard I panicked. I just want to make small little bags and appliques with them. If there's a website that has felt by the square for a reasonable price, that would rock.
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2004 06:06:31 AM »

If you didn't want to bother with mail order, you could still get it at JoAnn's but not buy a full yard.  I'm not sure how much you'd need, but if they sell it by the yard, you could get a third yard of it, so the piece would be 12 inches by the width of the fabric.  And if you used a 50% off coupon, it would only cost $1.50 for that much.  Maybe that would work for you?

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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2004 09:00:46 AM »

you could try joannfabrics.com too b/c at my store, the wool felt is only $5.99 a yard and you probably don't need a whole yard.  and sign up to get their flyers so you get the coupons.

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« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2004 11:41:29 AM »

How much do you need?  I just went to my local thrift store that sells stuff by the pound, and dug through the sweaters.  I got only sweaters that were 100% wool and had tags with warnings about not washing them.  

I took them home, and cut them apart at the seams, removed buttons, collars, etc, and ended up with two big bits from the front and back, and two medium bits from the sleeves.  

I threw the pieces in the wash on hot.   Some took more than one wash to felt up, others felted right up.  I dried in the dryer them till just damp, and then layed them flat, put a towel over, and stacked books on them to flatten the fabric.  

Next time I may do only two at a time in the washer, and wash them inside an old pillowcase - they leave little wool bunnies all over the machine and I've heard it can actually gum up the works.

Anyway, super cheap felt idea for you.
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« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2004 10:37:09 PM »

SUCH a genius idea about the 100% wool sweaters and then felting them.

i'm so heading to the goodwill tomorrow!

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