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How's that for a title?  LOL!

FlowerBunnyJE  

I loved this batch of cards my friend Barbara had made, so . . . I CASED her stuff! -> Barbara's Cards and Crafts: Cards for Kids

Missy Ballance illustrated this darling long-eared Bunny for A Muse a few years back and I think she's my favoritest A Muse bunny ever! She reminds me of some of the sweet plush critters Missy sews and makes for a fun card to send a child!

A few weeks ago, I mentioned some juicy felt I had ordered.  It came!!!  Feast your eyes on this:

This is not 100% wool felt, it is a wool/rayon blend.  I ordered it from (name and link have been removed), suppliers of needlework, quilting and related embellishment products.  I haven't done anything with it yet, but simply pet it.  It is quite pretty in sheet form.  LOL!  Anyhoo, I've just had their site bookmarked a loooooong time and finally took the plunge, after admiring the pretty felted flowers Em (Scoopy), and embellishments Heather die cut. Seriously, their felt creations are just darling, so be sure to check them out!

(Name and link have been removed) has a gorgeous felt color range, and their prices seem very good.  Took about two weeks to get my order, but that's because the owner was away/out of town for the week.  Within 24 hours of my online order being placed, I received a personal email from the owner's husband, explaining this.  I thought that was a nice personal touch, and therefore had no problem waiting.  I'm an impatient thing, BUT I am old enough to remember when mail order often meant a 6-8 week delivery time frame, so perhaps I'm easier to please than most in that regard. *wink*

The product arrived, folded in half, inside a Tyvek Priority Mail Envelope.  As you can see, I ordered quite a bit–I wanted a rainbow of colors at my disposal. *grin*

Here's what I've learned so far:

  • Acrylic felt sucks.  OK, mebbe that's a bit harsh.  LOL!  Acrylic felt is usually what's carried in craft stores, and generally used in childrens' crafts.  I've messed around with it, and have found it frays along the edges when die cutting.  It tends to pull apart at the machine stitched seams quite easily. It's OK in a pinch and for anything you don't really care about the longevity of.
  • 100% wool felt is preferred by many for needle felting.  It is also the most expensive.  It is often preferred for heirloom craft projects. It is the most dense/thick.  Artisans that use 100% wool can be found on Etsy.com and some of their creations will take your breath away–they look like sculptures!  Beautiful work!  Some folks are purists and only 100% wool will do.
  • Wool/rayon blend felt is less expensive than 100% wool.  It is often recommended for machine sewn clothing/garments, and typically softer/less itchy than 100% wool. It is thinner than 100% wool, but you can wash/shrink it to make it a little more dense, if desired/depending on the kind of project you're making.
  • Bamboo felt (yes, felt can be made from bamboo, interestingly enough) is gaining acclaim!  I don't have any.  But, I may get some at some point because I am intrigued and it sounds cool!  *grin*

If you need to know more, check out:  Felt Smack Down, which compares 4 kinds of felt.  After reading her fun article, I decided that I wanted to try wool blend felt, considering the types of projects I want to use the felt for (hair/clothing accessories, and card embellishments, etc.).  I coulda' done more research, I suppose, but that was all I really needed to know, cuz I don't know, at this point, how felt up I'm gonna get.

I hope to play with my felt this weekend, if not sooner.  I promise to share my fun with ya'all. 

Cuz, well, I'm just awesome that way.  

KIDDING.  I AM KIDDING YOU!!!

LIVE SIGGY  

Stamp Credits:  Bunny Flower, Hello, Tiny Bee, Grass all by A Muse
Copic Markers available at A Muse
Patterned Paper from the Sugar Rush Collection by Basic Grey
Multi-heart Punch by Martha Stewart

20 Comments
  1. You are hilarious! Crazy mad funny! I love your posts. Your cards are amazing!

  2. great, I need felt, can’t wait to see how you get on!

  3. I love your bright, adorable card..Julie!! Thanks for the deets on felt. Yours looks pretty yummy!

  4. I am still laughing at this post…can’t wait to see what you make!

  5. What a fun a cheery card. Love that adorable bunny image. Your rainbow of felt is so pretty – to bad I’m allergic to wool.

  6. Your card is adorable, thanks for sharing all the felt info, and yeah, you ARE awesome! Have a great weekend!

  7. I “felt” you Julie, really I did!!!! Thanks for the lesson…Very cute card too!!

  8. love, love, love your little bunny card.
    the felt is cool, too. have fun wid’ it. ;)

  9. This is sooo darling, really love it!

  10. so cute!!

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