Wool yarn for felting

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Wool for needle felting is available in many lovely colours, but you don’t always have the exact colour you want in your stash, so use hand carders to blend your own!

Not only is this economical, but your needle felting will benefit from your own unique shades of colour.

You can card prepared fibres and you can turn yarn into feltable fibre.

Above: Merino Wool Top/Roving, Tapestry Wool and 100% wool knitting yarn

As an example, to blend a colour that could be called ‘heather’, pull off tufts of purple and pink merino wool top/roving and lay them on one carder as shown. Don’t overload the carder – it will make it difficult to blend.

Hold the loaded carder in your left hand then pull the other carder gently across the left hand carder until the fibres separate between the carders – begin by pulling across only the lower part of the carder then progress to the whole of it. Do this 3 or 4 times.

Don’t push the carders together forcefully or the carders might ruin as the teeth of one could cut into the cloth of the other.

You now need to get all the fibre back onto the left hand carder. Hold the carders face up and with the bottom edges together. Use small upward right/left/right/left flicking actions –

the fibres will come away from the carders.

Replace the fibres on the left hand carder and repeat the carding process….

….until you are happy with the blend.

Tip: Even at this stage you can change the shade by re-carding and blending in another colour.

This is the lovely ‘heather’ colour produced from purple and pink.

Have you any wool (roving)?

You never know where your journey into the world of fiber arts might take you. We all know the fiber arts are addictive – something about working with wool in its many different forms tends to draw us in. How many of us begin with one craft (say, knitting) and then get swept into spinning or punch needle or felting, or a combination of all the above? Many come to love and appreciate the natural beauty of wool in any form.

Bumps of roving await the drafting and spinning process in our mill

Did you know that we sell our wool in the form of unspun roving? If you are not familiar with the term, roving is basically ready-to-spin wool. Our roving has made a journey from the slopes of Colorado, to the wash house in South Carolina where it is washed of dirt and grease, then combed and carded – finally it ends up at our mill ready to become yarn! The combing and carding processes align the wool fibers so that they run parallel to each other – this allows for a smooth finish and a less scratchy wool yarn.

For you experienced spinners who know the lingo, our roving is a Colombian-Rambouillet cross of about 23-25 microns in fineness. This means our wool is a good quality and has a nice feel – but is not the ultimate in fineness such as merino, which is less than 24 microns in fiber diameter.

What are fiber artists using wool roving to make? The most popular use is for hand spinning – either on a spinning wheel or using a drop spindle. Wool is an excellent fiber for learning to spin – it has tiny barbs, making it easier to draft in your hands than more slippery fibers like silk. Plus, wool adds strength and resilience to other fibers – for example, a blend of wool and alpaca creates a wonderful, soft yarn that’s stronger and more functional than a pure alpaca fiber yarn.

Home dyers can go wild experimenting with dyeing roving, and then spinning into yarn for the ultimate in custom-made. There are so many possibilities for home dyeing – from planting a natural dye garden to dyeing with Kool-aid and more.

Gorgeous home-dyed roving by Handmade by Stefanie

What could be better stress relief than repeatedly stabbing some wool with a needle? This is the essence of needle felting – a craft that creates 2-dimensional pictures or 3-dimensional sculptures of wool. Needle felting can be unbelievably intricate – or a simple project can be done by kids who are old enough to safely use a needle felting tool! Many needle felters use roving to create the foundation of their project, then deconstruct colorful wool yarn to layer over the top.

Needle felted figures by Andee Graves ( https://mamas2hands.com/ )Needle felting a 2-D landscape

For many of us, yarn and wool becomes part of our identity. Our close friend decided to use Brown Sheep Company roving as an integral part of her wedding decor and theme — she even used small felted wool balls as part of her bridal bouquet. The result is stunningly beautiful, and adds a touch of her personality and passion to the atmosphere of the wedding.

Wool centerpiece, made with roving, felted beads, and bobbins of yarn

We hope you will be inspired to celebrate your love of wool in a new way! Be sure to visit your local retailer to find our roving and more.


You have perhaps already read in this blog post, that extreme knitting really has my attention lately. In that blog post I have been shown you how I made extreme knitting needles from broom sticks. Today I am going to show you how I prepared wool roving to be able to knit with it.

At first I just started knitting with the roving as it came. However, soon it became clear that this particular piece of knitting was very thick and stiff. Perhaps suitable for a thick rug, but not for the scarf I envisioned. In other words: my new extreme broomstick needles were too small for this “yarn”!

I wasn’t planning on making even bigger knitting needles, so something had to be done with the wool itself to make it suitable for the needles I had available. Also, the thought came to me that untreated wool roving knit into a scarf, would probably shed like a Wookiee in Springtime. Not a good look when wearing dark colored clothes.

Below the steps to prepare my roving for extreme knitting:

1. Splitting the roving length-wise. This way I not only halved the thickness, but also doubled the total length available for my scarf!

2. The result: Two large balls of roving. Because the roving is now significantly thinner, it also falls apart more easily when handled. This combined with the shedding problem led me to the idea to full/felt the wool.

3. To make sure the wool wouldn’t felt together in one big lump, I draped it on a large sheet like this:

4. Then I rolled up the sheet, making sure that the roving did not touch itself anywhere. When rolled up like a big sausage I used some waste yarn to make sure it stayed that way. After this the whole package was put in the washing machine on a short 30 minute / 30 degrees Celsius program.

5. Here my roving yarn is out of the washing machine and hanging to dry. It’s nicely felted as you can see!

6. And there we have it: A large ball of felted roving, ready for some extreme knitting.

Go to this page to see what I made out of this extreme yarn!

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Felt Making with Knits Ideas from Crystal Palace Yarns – Straw Into Gold

Recently I was reading various online sites about felting and about making felted purses and I was amazed to see a felted bay designer explaining that wool felts because it has a spiral structure and the coils get tangled and that makes felt.

This is an incorrect explanation of why wool felts, so I decided I should write a little about it.

As someone who has taught spinning and fiber classes since 1970 I have always explained felting this way:

Wool fibers have tiny microscopic scales along their surface. Some types of wool have larger scales than others. The types of wools that are coarser and smoother and have the highest sheen to them (such as Lincoln, Leicester, Wensleydale) have larger scales and reflect more light off their surface leading to the sheen. Finer wools (of which Merino is the main example) have much, much smaller scales and do not reflect light and have a more “matt” look to the surface of the yarn or finished knitting.

When wool fibers are shocked by temperature and rubbing the little scales lift up and as the fibers rub against each other they lock down on nearby fibers and form a tighter and tighter mass and form felt. Felt can be made from “just the fibers” unspun, or as many knitters are discovering, from knit pieces that are felted after knitting.

Many unhappy owners of fine wool sweaters have discovered felting by accident when a (usually well-meaning) mate or child dumps a wool sweater into the washing machine and out comes a much smaller, thicker sweater.

Superwash wool is a wool that has been treated by one of several processes or surface treatments that smoothes or “glues down” the little scales on the wool so that they do not lift up and lock down on neighboring fibers. Some treatments are more stern and really lock the fibers (with often a textile “glue” made from a nylon type solution that will dye similarly to the wool) and these treated wools can go through both a washer and a dryer. Most Machine Wash yarn labels, however, mean you can do a gentle wash cycle, but dry flat and NOT put in the dryer.

Remember, however, that machine washing will eventually soften the surface and lift fibers – even if the garment doesn’t actually felt – and your handknits will look their best the longest if you do as much handwashing as possible, even on Machine Wash labeled yarns. I also recommend using a Lingerie Wash bag for washing machine washables (and many also use them for felting for a less fuzzy surface.) See information here.

Here are some links to see the wool fiber under a microscope (I used to have a small microscope I took to classes I taught to show students wool, cotton, alpaca, etc. under magnification – great fun!)

This page shows microscopic views of various wools & a lot of information on wool:

Why wool shrinks – this article refers to the scales as “shingles” on the wool

Electron Microscopy of Wool – see page 6 of this PDF for a CLOSE View!
http://nvl.nist.gov/pub/nistpubs/jres/041/3/V41.N03.A07.pdf

Comparing Alpaca fibers and structure to wool

I’ve been experimenting with making felt using the printed colors of our Labrador (thick-thin spun yarn) and Iceland (smooth spun soft wool) and the interesting patterning and texture of the surface of printed colors adds an additional fun aspect to felting.

With both Labrador and Iceland being bulky you can knit up the piece for felting quickly on size 15 needles.

Here some before and after felting swatches using Labrador (with measurements):

Above knit on 15s in garter
using Labrador wool
stitch using color Picnic #7263
with a little stripe of solid
color #1219 fuchsia Iceland
6″ x 5.5″

Above after felting*
4.5″ x 4.5″

Above knit on 15s in rev Stst
areas on 15s with Iceland in color “shadows” #7268
100% soft wool
5″ x 5.5″

Above after felting*
4.5″ x 4″

* For felting these – I put the pieces in the washing machine with a small load of bath towels and did a 5 minute wash cycle. Since they were not felted as much as I wanted, I put them in the dryer with the towels and took them out when the towels were about half dry (10-15 min.)

Susan Druding

SEE also photos of Iceland felted with Blippity yarn here.

Retail shops in the USA should contact CPY Wholesale for information on purchasing Crystal Palace Yarns.

An Introduction to Needle Felting

Darrin, our needle felting teacher at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio in New York City, shares some insights into this fun and sculptural craft technique. Shop felting tools on LionBrand.com by clicking here.

If you knit or crochet, then you know how important it is to follow the pattern. Obtaining the correct gauge, and counting stitches and rows are all required to be certain that your project will turn out like the pattern describes. With needle felting you can forget about all of that!

I hope you will find needle felting liberating as I do, it is refreshing to be free from all of that regulated structure. Take back control of your yarn crafting, and make choices as you go. Often, if I don’t like something, I just take my scissors and cut it off of my work. It is very liberating to work in a creative free-form way, where you can decide as you go if you like how your work is turning out.

Gretchen free-form felts with some wool yarn. Michala shows off her felt creation! Arabia felts with acrylic yarn. Darrin’s needle-felted 3D gnomes.

What Is Needle Felting?

Needle felting is a popular fiber arts craft that creates felt without the use of water. Fiber artist Eleanor Stanwood first used special needles that were originally used in industrial felting machines in the 1980s to sculpt wool by hand. Now this art form is gaining in popularity.

Frequently, the needles are described as having barbs, spurs, or notches, along the shaft of the needle that grab the layers of fibers and tangle them together as the needle passes through the wool fiber. These notches face toward the tip of the needle and do not pull the fibers out as the needle exits the wool. Once tangled and matted, the felt can be very strong and used for creating fabric, jewelry, 3D sculptures, and just about any thing that you can imagine. This is a very versatile art form, and you can really achieve very fine detailed work.

Felt with More than Just Wool

Recently, I was having a party for some friends who wanted to learn how to needle felt. I was very excited to teach my friends about this art form since I really enjoy felting. My good friend Arabia was not able to come to the event because she is vegan, and she does not use wool. I wanted to find a way to include her, but still respect her vegan lifestyle. Even though I have always been told only wool and other animal fibers will felt, I had seen industrially-made acrylic felt for crafting projects.

I tried to research felting with acrylic yarn in the Internet, but I couldn’t find any information, so I just decided to try it myself. I used Vanna’s Choice yarn (which is 100% premium acrylic) with the Clover needle felting pen tool and the large Clover needle felting mat. I was pleased to discover that the 100% acrylic yarn needle felted beautifully. This was a wonderful discovery because now my vegan friend could join the party!

Add Felt as an Appliqué or Create 3-Dimensional Pieces

Flat needle felting can be done on fabric that is soft enough for the needles to pass through easily. This can include felted, knitted, crocheted, or store-bought fabric. You might have an old sweater or accessory item that has a hole or stain. Now instead of getting rid of it, you can needle felt a design to repair the damaged area. If you are not sure if it will work, just try it. If the fabric is too stiff the needles might break.

Three-dimensional sculptures are also fun to make with needle felting. If you are able to imagine it, you can create it.

Related links:

  • Video: Discover Fun Felting Projects (includes a demonstration of needle felting)
  • An Introduction to Felting: Tips & Tricks
  • Back to Basics: Fun with Felting
  • Have Fun with Felting in Fall

Right, I had to write this post because this is one of those things I’ve been wondering about for a while. Can you felt non-animal fibres?

It was one of those things that my head told me must be possible… but Google told me it wasn’t.

Well, I thought it was about time this conventional wisdom was put to the test. And now I’m ready to call nonsense on felting purists.

But why did I want to test this assumption? Lately my head has been turned by felted Norwegian House Slippers.

DIY Easy Norwegian House Slippers (C) 2017 MommyKnows

I really like them and wanted to make a pair for my Dad. But as I’ve never tried felting before, I wanted to test them in some non-expensive acrylic yarn first. Cue hours of googling…

But you see, even after all this googling it just didn’t make sense to me. Yarn manufacturers now do such an amazing job at replicating animal fibres with acrylic. By spinning very thin acrylic fibres, they can achieve a result that looks very much like wool. Because the process of felting is merely breaking down those thin fibres so they fuse together and create a dense fabric, I just couldn’t see why this couldn’t also be done with acrylic “imitation” wool.

Hence the test:

I took yarn that was 80% acrylic and 20% wool (yes, yes, I know. It’s not 100% acrylic but the amount of wool in there really is negligible!)

Winter Ombré Yarn from Schachenmayr: 80% acrylic, 20% wool

But the most important factor I looked for in this yarn was that it had delicate, fluffy fibres (you know, that LOOKS like felting wool). I then used single crochet to whip up a couple of 10 stitch x 10 stitch squares.

I didn’t touch the blue square, but I then threw the purple square into a sink and added some hand soap and some very hot water. I used a potato masher to swish it around and mash it a bit, and then used my hands to rub both sides of the square. I ran it under cold water, then repeated the process a few times. I also found that if I added soap directly to the square instead of to the water, the whole process was much easier.

The results:

So, can acrylic (well, 80% acrylic) yarn felt? YES it can.

BUT there are a few caveats…

Shrinkage: I noticed that the whole item didn’t shrink nearly as much as it would have if I was using wool. This is both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because it means you can almost tell what size something will be after felting when it’s still at the crochet size. But it’s bad because it means there are a few “holes” in the fabric.

Sturdiness: If something is truly felted, it should behave like a piece of fabric. So you should be able to cut it up as you please. So I cut through the crochet square and pulled it in lots of different directions to see how it would hold up. It wasn’t too bad but it definitely wasn’t as sturdy as felted wool would be.

Points of improvement: Next time, I would change the following things to get a better result with felting (mostly) acrylic yarn.

  1. I would crochet the piece with a smaller hook than recommended to get a dense fabric first to make up for the fact the piece won’t shrink very much
  2. I would try felting the piece in a washing machine on the hottest setting OR in the dryer because I have heard this achieves a more “felted” result
  3. Perhaps a good compromise between economy and the best felted result would be a 50/50 wool/acrylic combination

But all in all, I was pretty pleased with the results of this experiment. Never again will I be put off from using a wool mix instead of pure wool for felting. And Norwegian House Slippers, here I come! 😀

Until next time…

Katie

Reclaiming Fiber from Yarn

I need to preface this post by mentioning that I am not a vegan needle felter, and I have no intention of becoming one, so my ability to answer any questions will be limited in scope. For example: I only used the yarns that I had on hand that I knew were not animal fibers or blends, and I lost the wrappers so I couldn’t tell you which ones are which, so it will be difficult for me to tell you which specific yarns are best for needle felting. This is a guide, and the rest is up to you to figure out what works best for you and what doesn’t. There is a real noticeable difference between needle felting with wool versus man-made fibers, especially when it comes to 3D work, but it is absolutely doable.

I will be throwing some light, dappled shade in my post. It’s not meant to be taken personally, and trust me, I have spent plenty of time speaking out against PETA on Facebook, because they’re a collective piece of sh*t. If you have done the things I criticize, realize I don’t actually remember any specific names, nor am I naming names, and I’m not going back to look for names and point fingers – just be aware that some of us kinda look at these posts sideways.

Oh, and one more thing. If you appreciate the work I do here on my website and on my social media channels, there are several ways you can support my work! You can buy me a coffee, or buy something from my Etsy shop (while most of my products are not vegan, the digital downloads are!). So with all that said, read on!

The story behind this blog post is a long one, probably one of the longest ones “in the works” that I’ve had to date. In fact, the original draft that birthed this one is still in my drafts, and it’s probably going to remain a draft as I pick things out of it to build into full-length blog posts. Eventually I’ll either link these all into a single vegan-felting post, or group them under a single tag, so it will be easy for you to pick out which posts are relevant to you. I need to split them up because there are so many options out there, and I’d need to buy all the fibers to test for needle felting myself before I can write about them. If I waited until I got my hands on each one, it would be a while. So, for now, I’m going to write about the stuff I do have and then add posts in the future as I try out new things (I have collected quite a few things already, just not everything that I want to try yet).

I started out writing a blog post about vegan needle felting a few months ago. The idea was to create the one-single-ultimate-resource-for-vegan-needle-felters-ever-of-all-time that I could just link to every time the question popped up in the needle felting groups. Not because of any sort of ego thing on my part, but because of things like this:

Person comes in asking if there are any alternatives to wool for needle felting. 90% of the time, they’re vegan, the other 10 % are allergic to wool (yes, it’s a thing)

  • Why are you vegan?

  • Why aren’t you comfortable working with wool?

  • OMG you don’t kill sheep to get the wool, it’s just a hair cut!

  • Sheep NEED TO BE SHEARED (they become weighed down, get fly swipe, etc)

  • I’m a farmer and I love my sheep

  • Acrylic doesn’t decompose. We make too much trash. Microfibers are polluting the oceans.

  • My buyers like to buy wool stuff – don’t make things from other materials and sell it off as wool.

  • It’s not felting if it’s not wool.

These would all be valid arguments if the OP came in saying “I’m vegan, change my mind.” Ok, all but the second to last one (the last one is just pure nonsense) – nobody’s asking about selling anything, and if the person asking decides to open up a shop down the road, I don’t think someone who is vegan is going to pretend that their stuff is made from wool. They would sell vegan needle felted stuff. I can understand the possible underlying fear here – vegan stuff will likely technically be cheaper and undercut the prices of the wool felt stuff because good quality wool is expensive. I really don’t think that it matters any more than it matters in other cases – people still buy handmade wool sweaters and socks even though you can buy acrylic in the store. But why are even you worried about what someone else is selling in their shop? You’re not concerned about the other wool felt competition, are you? In any case, none of these responses answer the question. The person was just asking for an alternative.

There are a number of reasons why someone may choose to be vegan, and animal cruelty is only one reason. If you’ve met one vegan, you’ve met only one vegan – they don’t speak for the group. It does not matter one bit whether non-vegans agree with the reasons; their reasons are theirs, and the choice is theirs to make.

As I mentioned earlier, sometimes the reason they’re asking has nothing to do with a vegan lifestyle, but rather it’s because the person discovered that they, or someone in their family, or someone they’re making a gift for is allergic to wool. Then suddenly the tone changes and people try to be more helpful. (rolling my eyes here)

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    Price

    • Up to £2.50
    • Up to £5.00
    • Up to £10.00
    • Over £10.00

    Pattern Type

    • Bags & Purses
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    • Boleros
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    • Pet Clothing & Accessories
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    • Storage
    • Tableware & Doilies
    • Tea Cosies
    • Tops
    • Toys
    • Trousers, Shorts & Leggings
    • Vests & Slipovers
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    Discipline

    • Crochet
    • Knitting

    Format

    • Leaflet
    • Booklet
    • Book

    Patterns For

    • Babies (Premature)
    • Babies (0-2 yrs)
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  • Needles & Hooks Needle & Hook Brands
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    Needle & Hook Types

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    Material

    • Metal
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    • Wood

    Price

    • Up to £2.50
    • Up to £5.00
    • Up to £10.00

    Sets

    • Crochet Hook Sets
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  • Knit & Crochet Accessories Knitting & Crochet Accessories By Type
    • Blocking
    • Cable Needles
    • Cushion Pads
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    • Knitting Gauges
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    • Notebooks/Stationery
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    • Storage Cases
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    • Yarn Threaders
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    Sock Making

    • Latex Sock Stop
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    Felting

    • Wool Roving
    • Felting Tools

    Homewares

    • Bags
    • Mugs
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    Kits

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  • Fabric Fabric Brands
    • What’s New?
    • Andover
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    • Camelot
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    • Dashwood
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    • Henry Glass
    • Higgs and Higgs
    • Kona
    • Lewis & Irene
    • Liberty
    • Makower
    • Mez Fabrics
    • Michael Miller
    • Moda
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    • Red Rooster
    • Riley Blake
    • Robert Kaufman
    • Rose & Hubble
    • Rowan
    • Ruby Star Society
    • Sew Simple
    • Springs Creative
    • Studio E
    • Tilda
    • Trimits

    Licensed Fabrics Fabric Themes

    • Abstract
    • Animals: Birds
    • Animals: Cats
    • Animals: Dogs
    • Animals: Sheep
    • Animals: Woodland
    • Animals: Other
    • Baby / Children
    • Batiks
    • Blenders
    • Characters
    • Checks / Ginghams
    • Christmas
    • Easter
    • Fairytale
    • Florals: Small / Ditsy
    • Florals: Medium
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    • Food
    • Geometrics
    • Halloween
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    • Nature: Woodland
    • Nature: Other
    • Nautical
    • Novelty
    • Oriental
    • Paisley
    • Retro
    • Solids / Plains
    • Spots / Stars / Stripes
    • Traditional
    • Transport / Vehicles
    • Travel / Places
    • Valentines / Hearts

    Fabric Sizes

    • By The Metre
    • 2.5″ Strips (Rolls)
    • 5″ Squares (Charms)
    • 10″ Squares
    • Fat Quarters
    • All Fabric Bundles

    Application

    • Quilting
    • Dressmaking
    • Craft
    • Needlecraft

    Wadding & Batting Interlining & Interfacing Fabric Colours

    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Pink
    • Black
    • White
    • Cream
    • Beige
    • Grey
    • Brown
    • Mixed
    • Metallic
  • Haberdashery & Accessories Haberdashery, Sewing & Quilting Accessories
    • Adhesives & Glues
    • Bias Making
    • Craft Kits
    • Craft Knifes & Blades
    • Cushion Pads
    • Cutting Mats
    • Fabric Clips & Grips
    • Fabric Marking
    • Fabric Templates
    • Fasteners
    • Frames & Hoops
    • Hand Sewing Needles
    • Machine Sewing Needles
    • Machine Accessories
    • Needle Threaders
    • Pattern Papers
    • Pins & Safety Pins
    • Rotary Cutters & Blades
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Tape Measures
    • Thimbles
    • Tools
    • Yarn & Thread Cutters
    • Other Accessories

    Needlecraft

    • Kits
    • Aida & Evenweave
    • Frames & Hoops
    • Stranded Cotton
    • Tapestry Wool

    Sewing Threads

    • Cotton
    • Linen
    • Polyester
    • Metallic
    • Hand Quilting
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    • Basting
    • Elastic
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    • Jeans
    • Top Stitch
    • View All

    Zips

    • Closed End
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    • Concealed
    • Reversible
    • Two-Way
    • View All
    • Dress & Skirt
    • Jeans
    • Trousers
    • Sleeping Bags
    • Zip Pullers

    Creative Tools

    • Bow Makers
    • Flower Makers
    • Pom Pom Makers
    • Punch Needles
    • Rosette Makers
    • Tassel Makers
    • Yo-Yo Makers

    Toy Making

    • Bells
    • Eyes
    • Noses
    • Noise Makers
    • Filling / Stuffing
    • Teddy Joints

    Bag Making

    • Handles
    • Clasps
    • D-Rings
    • Buckles / Clips
  • newNeedlecraft Kits, Patterns & Charts: by Design Theme
    • Animals – Aquatic
    • Animals – Birds
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    • Animals – Wild
    • Animals – Other
    • Art
    • Baby
    • Character / Licensed
    • Children
    • Christmas
    • Cities & Landmarks
    • Cute & Cuddly
    • Fairytale & Fantasy
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    • Fashion
    • Flowers,Fruit & Garden
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    • Historical
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    • Love & Romance
    • Occasions – Anniversary
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    • Occasions – Wedding
    • Occasions – Other
    • People
    • Samplers
    • Sports & Hobbies
    • Transport & Vehicles
    • Words & Sayings
    • Misc / Other

    Threads: by Type

    • Stranded Cotton
    • Coton a Broder
    • Cotton Perle
    • Crewel Wool
    • Tapestry Cotton
    • Tapestry Wool
    • Metallic Thread

    Threads: by Brand

    • Anchor
    • Appletons
    • DMC

    Fabrics: by Type

    • Aida
    • Canvas
    • Evenweave Cotton
    • Evenweave Linen
    • Monks Cloth

    Fabrics: by Brand

    • DMC
    • Rico
    • Zweigart

    Kits, Patterns & Charts: by Brand

    • Anchor
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    • CWOC
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    • Dimensions
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    • Heritage Crafts
    • Mouseloft
    • My Cross Stitch
    • Rico
    • Trimits
    • Vervaco
    • Wool and the Gang
    • World of Wool

    Needles

    • Crewel
    • Cross Stitch
    • Embroidery
    • Tapestry

    Tool & Accessories

    • Frames & Hoops
    • Lamps & Magnifiers
    • Punch Needle Tools
    • Transfer Paper
    • Thread Storage

    Kits , Patterns & Charts: by Technique

    • Applique
    • Cross Stitch
    • Diamond Painting
    • Embroidery
    • Needle Felting
    • Tapestry/Needlepoint
    • Weaving

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  • Buttons & Beads Product Type
    • Buttons
    • Beads
    • Sequins
    • Stones
    • Toggles

    Brand

    • Bobbin Box
    • Debbie Abrahams
    • Drops
    • Groves
    • Hemline
    • Incomparable Buttons
    • Scheepjes
    • Sirdar
    • Thomas B Ramsden
    • Trimits

    Material

    • Buffalo Horn
    • Ceramic
    • Coconut Shell
    • Fabric
    • Glass
    • Metal
    • Plastic
    • Shell
    • Wood

    Size

    • Under 10mm
    • 10 – 14mm
    • 15 – 19mm
    • 20 – 25mm
    • Over 25mm

    Colour

    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Pink
    • Black
    • White
    • Cream
    • Beige
    • Grey
    • Brown
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Bronze
    • Mixed
    • Clear
  • Ribbons & Trims Product Type
    • Bias Binding
    • Braid
    • Cord
    • Fur / Feather
    • Pom Pom Edging
    • Ribbon
    • Ric Rac
    • Seam Binding
    • Tape
    • Webbing

    Theme

    • Animals / Birds
    • Baby
    • Baking
    • Birthday
    • Checks / Gingham
    • Christmas
    • Crochet
    • Easter
    • Floral
    • Food / Fruit
    • Handmade
    • Knitting
    • Love
    • Patriotic
    • Sewing
    • Solid / Plains
    • Spots / Stars / Stripes
    • Vintage
    • Wedding

    Width

    • Under 10mm
    • 10-15mm
    • 15-20mm
    • 20-25mm
    • Over 25mm

    Colour

    • Red
    • Orange
    • Yellow
    • Green
    • Blue
    • Purple
    • Pink
    • Black
    • White
    • Cream
    • Beige
    • Grey
    • Brown
    • Gold
    • Silver
    • Mixed
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