• Kunin Felt Classroom 101 Let’s Talk Felt

    Molly Goodall Fox

    An Eco-fi Classicfelt™ Fox coat by Molly Goodall http://kuningroup.com/featured-designers/molly-goodall/

    Welcome to Kunin Felt Classroom 101. It can be confusing when choosing felt for craft and sewing projects. Let’s talk felt.

    1.) Craft Felt

    Weight: 2.5 oz
    Imported
    100% synthetic, acrylic, polyester or blend
    9” x 12” Craft cuts and/or cut by the yard
    Wide variety of bright colors
    Fade resistant
    Thin with an unevenness resulting in see through weak areas.
    Inexpensive
    Hand wash
    Uses: simple children crafts.

    Tree-and-Vine P2

    Photo compliments of Tree and Vine http://kuningroup.com/2015/09/08/spread-your-wings/

    2.) Kunin Eco-fi® ClassicFelt

    Weight 5 oz
    Made from Eco-fi® a high-quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled and BPA-free plastic bottles.
    9” by 12” Craft cuts, 1 yard cuts, cut by the yard
    Wide variety of colors
    Fade-resistant
    Washable
    Cuts cleanly with no fraying and can sew and glue easily.
    Inexpensive
    Pills some after use
    Uses: a wide variety of craft and sewing projects, kids crafts.
    Mold and mildew proof, indoors or out.
    Use as ground cover in the garden for weed control.

    3.) Kunin Eco-fi®Plus Premiumfelt

    Weight 8 oz
    Made from Eco-fi® a high-quality fiber made from 100% post-consumer recycled and BPA-free plastic bottles.
    12” by 18” Craft cuts, cut by the yard
    Wide variety of colors
    Fade-resistant
    Machine washable, becomes softer with washing.
    Cuts cleanly with no fraying and can sew and glue easily.
    Moderately priced
    Does not pill.
    Uses: a wide variety of craft and sewing projects, fashion and home décor. Ground cover in the garden for weed control.
    Mold and mildew proof, indoors or out.
    Similar in weight and feel to a Wool Felt Blend

    4.) Wool Felt Blends

    Weight 9 oz
    Made from real wool and either a 35% wool/65% rayon blend or a 20% wool/80% rayon blend.
    Interwoven fibers, nubby texture, soft.
    Wide variety of colors, can be dyed.
    Will experience some fading.
    Cuts cleanly with no fraying and can sew and glue easily.
    Reasonably priced
    Does not pill.
    Uses: a wide variety of craft and sewing projects, fashion and home décor.

    5.) Wool Felt

    Weight 9 oz or plus
    Made from real wool.
    Variety of colors, can be dyed.
    Will experience some fading.
    Cuts with a fuzzy edge and fibers can be torn away.
    Higher price range.
    Does not pill.
    Uses: Heirloom sewing, softies, fashion and home décor.

    This is a basic comparison of the felt products available in stores and online. People have their preferences; some will only ever work in wool or wool blends. I have worked with both products and find that our Premium felt is equivalent to the wool felt blends. I prefer the Premium felt to work with, the variety of colors and quality of the product. When shopping for felt make sure to read the labels on the craft cuts and bolts. The imported Craft Felt is not of the same quality as our Eco-fi® Classicfelt™ and could lead to disappointing results.

    LB-Elephant-Photo-3

    An Eco-fi Plus™ Premiumfelt softie by Laura Bray (http://kuningroup.com/2016/03/29/make-a-eudora-the-elephant-softie/)

    You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin Eco-fi Classicfelt; Eco-fiPlus™ Premiumfelt and ShaggiChic non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.

    Thank you for stopping by, have any questions, please inquire in a comment or on our Facebook page. We will be sharing the Classroom series on Tuesdays.

    Debra