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« on: December 01, 2003 05:00:11 PM »

Does anyone know of a non-wool felt alternative?  Felt is so easy to work with and cheap, but I'm feeling left out as I don't use wool.  

Perhaps polarfleece, as it also doesn't ravel?  Problem is, it doesn't come in squares, and tends to curl at the ends.  Ideas appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2003 05:49:07 PM »

I checked out this website, pangea, that is a vegan online store.  Their alternative to a wool pea coat was made out of polar fleece.  They didn't seem to sell fabric, just finished products.  But at least it seems that they are using fleece as an alternative.  I think it's great that you're vegan!
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2003 06:02:37 PM »

there is acrylic felt.  Its the kind that you can get at places like Michaels, Wal-Mart, etc.  
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2003 11:39:45 AM »

That stuff is acrylic?  Guilt be gone!  I'm out to load up on it.

I used a bunch for Halloween to help my bro make a Baseball Furies costume (from the movie "The Warriors"), but that was for him...

Thanks for the info!
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2004 08:36:07 PM »

most all of the "felt" you see at craft stores is acrylic unless it specifically says wool. and wool isnt like fur yanno...the sheep arent harmed in the process. lol
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2004 06:38:13 PM »

Actually, most vegans don't use any animal product. You may not believe they are harmed in the process, but if you look into it, it's very stressful and companies don't treat animals well at all. From someone who is a vegan, nothing that comes from animals is acceptable. Their whole lives are awful. It may be different on some small farms ( I know some places that sell wool yarn from their own sheep and they treat them very well) but that is NOT the norm.
And wool felt is harder to find. Like everyone else said, the stuff you find at craft stores is mostly acrylic (check before you buy though)
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« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2004 07:49:00 PM »

oh, i didnt know it was stressful for them to be shaved...sorry! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 08, 2004 07:23:56 AM »

the wool felt usually runs at a price of like 3 or 4x the cost of acrylic felt too!  the real way to tell the difference is that with wool felt, you can see the little wool fibers, where as acrylic felt has a pretty even (synthetic) texture to it!
and even most wool felt in the u.s. is a 30%/70% (or so) blend of wool to rayon or something.
wool felt is used often in clothing, but tough to come by in a store.

a related question!:
does anyone know a good way to get those sticker tags off the individual sheets of acrylic felt?  when i try and pull it off gently, it makes the felt pill and get all fuzzy where the tag was!

thanks!
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2004 02:10:08 PM »

now i don't feel so cheap buying acrylic yarn!  It has a higher purpose! Grin
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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2004 09:02:50 PM »

Boygirlparty, i don't know how to get the little sticker off, but i think if you bought the felt off the bolt you could avoid the sticker altogether. I know that my local JoAnns has a wall in the back full of felt, sparkle felt, and thick felt on bolts.
or, you could maybe use a thick card and ease the sticker off. I've come to notice that the little fuzzy spot doesn't bother me much, as the things i make with it get fuzzy anyway.
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