Monday, November 21, 2011

Modern Eco Felt... the possibilities are inspiring!

This week we are taking a closer look at the modern improvements and technology in the world of felt manufacturing, as well as fresh ideas on felt crafting. With a few simple web searches, and visits to a few Etsy shops, I've become quite riveted and impressed with the "new wave" of felters out there!
First and foremost, the new Eco-fi felt was what started it all for me. We added it to the web site this past week and it's pretty awesome! Here's why: made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, this stuff comes in a huge array of vibrant colors, can be machine washed and dried, is fade resistant, cuts without fraying, and can be used for all kinds of both sew and glue projects.

Secondly, this super cute book called Felt Friends just came into our store and oh, how I wish I was a giddy 12-year-old again, so I could sit at home with free time to make these silly cute felt pets! This paired with an assorted variety of the Eco-fi felt would make a great gift for any crafty girl who loves Japanese style cuteness!

A lovely heart like this, as well as the "Over the Rainbow" brooches pictured at the top, are Designed by Jane, and are great ideas for a home-made way to show your Valentine some love year-round. To view the entire gallery of Jane's past works, click here.

Doing a few searches on Google yielded plentiful ideas and adorable displays of talent. I love all these felt cakes! What a sweet gift to give for a friend's birthday, or any holiday for that matter!
And lastly, with the holidays right around the corner, there's a plethora of Christmas, Chanukah, and Kwanzaa crafts to be made! You could easily adapt this idea of a felt advent calendar to represent the ideals of Kwanzaa also. It would be fun for kids of all ages to make as a group project (older ones cut out shapes, younger ones glue) and everyone can enjoy stuffing the pockets with treats - and of course - eating them too.
In conclusion, there are so many possibilities with the new Eco-fi felt, and now is a great time of year to get started exploring them!