There’s felt and felt!

We put it on our homepage, too: “it’s time for felt” and winter is actually its season!

Nevertheless, are we sure to know this craft material that has been so popular for years, for a whole lot of hobby and craft projects?

Here’s a quick vademecum to navigate through the several felt typologies featured on our website (and, generally speaking, in the market).

  • Felt is not a fabric, because it is not woven on a loom or by any other weaving machine. It is manufactured with carder sheep wool or with other kinds of animal fur/wool. It can be of hare, as well as of otter or goat, for example, but even of camel! It is said, in fact, that the very first one to develop the material known as “felt” were Arabian camel drivers, who used camel fur to “pad” their shoes. With the heat and sweat of their feet, that fur/wool became more and more compact, turning into the very first for of this non-woven.
  • Today, the felt from animal fur/wool is an almost exclusive prerogative of the “haute couture” niche, as well as of the artisanal manufacture of luxury hats and slippers.
  • Since pure wool is getting less and less used because of the well-known eco-friendliness and sustainability standards that we’ve all come to know, in the hobby and craft world, the most widespread felt is the one made of mixed wool and polyester, usually ranging from 1.5 to 5mm thickness approx., passing from 3 mm as well. Among our best sellers, there’s this one from The Cinnamon Patch:

  • Select your felt, according to your craft project. For instance, for little Xmas embellishments and decorations or wreaths, the one here above from The Cinnamon Patch is perfect! While, if you’re realizing a bag, you might need something thicker
  • In any case, bear in mind that felt doesn’t like water at all: so, it’s never a good idea to wash it (either by hand or in the washing machine!).
  • There’s always much confusion on the product called “Pannolenci” and felt. Actually, these two products only share the fact that they’re non-wovens. The name “Pannolneci”, however, refers exclusively to a very thin and light non-woven product invented by an Italian company from Turin in 1922. Its thickness (1 mm approx.) and very light weight makes it very similar to this 100% acrylic felt we carry here:

Hopefully, that’s helpful ;-9 But in case it’s not helpful enough, we’ll be glad to answer your questions!

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