where to get it already processed for felting & needlefelting
This thrifty New Englander says if you already have wool, make do with that at first.
Raw fleeces work
very well for traditional wet felting
(which washes them as you go): just tease and lay out. You'll get a rough organic look.
Tease more carefully and the felt will be smoother.
However, for speed and a more finished product, scoured (washed) and carded
(brushed out smooth) batts (big sheets of fiber) are available from
Jane Deamer at Yolo Wool Mill
41505 County Rd 27, Woodland CA 95776
530.6661473 --- cell 530 3834471
Your pick of natural colors and fine or coarseness of fiber, one week turnaround.
Tell her you plan to use the batts for feltmaking-they're also good for needlefelting.
WOOL For NEEDLEFELTING
Fibers for this technique must be washed beforehand.
You can tease wool yourself, or buy it already carded which is faster and smoother.
Look for a dry fuzzy fiber, as opposed to shiny and silky.
White wool batting
scraps from an organic bedding factory
already washed and carded
available by the pound and in wholesale amounts from
This wool is easily dyed in small batches with KoolAid
(see my Felting Needle:Further Fantasies or request instruxions).
Also available from Shepherd's Dream: batting in various bed sizes and thicknesses,
useful for both wet- and needlefelting..
On the East Coast,
find wool in all stages of processing from
They're in Verona, New York, 315.337.7217.
Ask for Doloria, and tell her Vikki's friend Ayala sent you.
The curly locks
for hair and other ornamentations are available from
Tumble Creek Farm --62466 Eagle Rd., Bend OR 97701
She raises BlueFaced Leicester sheep, a rare breed with tiny curls--
tell her the size you need.
Or contact Jill Holmes, and ask after curly locks from her Leicesters,
Molly & Lilly.
She lives in North Carolina. Her sheep have large long curls.
You might want to visit this site:
Kathy Cunningham( ) website forthcoming... has a booming business with the long LONG locks of her multicolored Lincoln flock-- and what colors they don't provide, she dyes with plant materials. Already set up for the doll wig market, just our kind of woman! Do contact her to find more about colors and lengths &c.
This is my favorite local venue for workshops. Not only a great workspace but an inviting view of Kirsten's sheep-- actually the whole family's involved, an enviable arrangement, all 3 generations. Beautiful feltworthy jacketed Romney and Romanov fleece.
Other Fiber Related Sites
Eleanor Stanwood... The Woman who handed me my first felting needles!
Here's her collection of wearable wool felt items
Beautiful evocative images from a highly skilled and clearly visioned Sister, Nancy Bright
A wonderful website from a daughter in spirit, Jennifer (Pixie). It's full of photos her handcrafted woollen creatures, plus photos of her wildlife rehab birds and her enchanted gypsy bus.
Alicia Bay Laurel's pictures of Ayala's felted dolls and magickal home at
Alicia's diary entry July 10
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Saturday Market in Eugene:
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