Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sponsor Focus: Felt on the Fly (and a giveaway!)

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Oh y'all, I am so excited to tell you a tiny bit more about Felt On The Fly today. As Jenny mentioned a few weeks ago, we (quite regularly) frequent our sponsors' shops, and Felt on the Fly is no different. I plan to have her gather up a new custom order for me soon, and Jenny just got some in the mail........we may have a problem, both of us. HA! (Stick around until the end of the post for a giveaway, you know you want to!)

Felt on the Fly has become my go-to shop for felt, and I'll tell you why: Janet knows felt! It's her focus and passion, it only takes asking her a few questions to unearth a wealth of knowledge. There is a reason that after over 8000 (that's right, eight THOUSAND) sales on Etsy, she has a 100% satisfaction rating. Last time I asked for a custom listing, she wrote back "Of course, you can have anything your little heart desires." I LIKE IT!

I know that for some folks, the cost of wool felt can seem like too much of an investment, especially that first time purchase (before you can feel for yourself how awesome it is.) I asked Janet what she would say the main difference is between her felt and other types that might be slightly less costly. Here's what she had to say:

One of the biggest differences between Felt On The Fly wool felt and other felts is that my wool felt was specifically created for handwork, sewing and crafting.  Many other felts (including the most popular wool-blend felt) were originally created for commercial purposes like industrial linings, sound proofing and padding in shipping crates.  The craft market for that type of felt was secondary and the manufacturing processes stayed the same. 

And, doesn't this make sense? Janet shares on her Felt on the Fly about page:

My motivation was to share this valuable resource with other like-minded artists and crafters who appreciate the best materials and understand that when you commit your time and talent to a project, it makes sense to invest in quality.

I cannot agree with this more! I purchased a custom listing of 20 pieces of felt right before the holidays, Janet brilliantly chose the colors for me, and I was so pleased by what she chose. I think she mentioned something about realizing I probably would not want a bunch of neon colors in our Etsy convo. Ha! That pack of felt served me VERY well during that last minute gift rush. (That plus an Anna Maria Horner fat quarter pack I ordered at the same time from Alewives!)

I think I showed you this before, through a scanned image, but I'll show it again to illustrate my point. I made about a dozen of these embroidered, felt and fabric "catchalls" for gifts, they were filled with rice and dried lavender I'd saved from my garden. They mostly went to family members, a few went to very good friends. I filled their little indentations with Lindt truffles and/or Babybearshop lip balms, depending on the recipient. They were so quick to make, and the amazing quality of the felt combined with the beautiful prints of the Anna Maria Horner fabric were such a pleasure to work with and give.

Embroidered felt and fabric catchall


Embroidered felt and fabric catchall


Embroidered felt and fabric catchall


Janet has generously offered one of her gorgeous 100% merino wool felt "color stories" to one lucky reader! It's the "water lily" palette, isn't it fabulous? Just head down to the Rafflecopter widget and earn up to three entries. Good luck!

The giveaway closes as midnight EST on Saturday 4/6. Sorry, US entries only. We will choose one random winner and announce the name in this post on Monday. The lucky winner will also be contacted via email. (Total giveaway value: $15. Void where prohibited.)

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16 comments:

  1. I would make little girl turtle felt stuffies! Thanks!

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  2. I am adding pages to the quiet book I made for my granddaughter at Christmas. These colors would be just lovely for her alphabet, numbers, and flower pages.
    Thanks for the chance!

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  3. perhaps a spring flower crown...or maybe some fairies...I love Janet's felt!

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  4. I would probably make one your catchalls :) Their lovely and look easy to make :) I've also always wanted to applique felt onto a quilt! I might try that!

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  5. I would love to use those pretty spring colors to make some stuffies for my kids.

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  6. I would make little felties for my grandchildren, and maybe some felt flowers.

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  7. I'd love to make some felt flowers for pins. I've been wanting to try, and this would be a great help to start. Many thanks for the chance!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  8. I would make a gorgeous felt flower... to attach to something I'm making for my mom for mother's day. :) the colors are PERFECT for her... feminine without being too girly girl... and a felt peony type flower in those colors... *sighs dreamily*

    melle@www.featheredruffles.com

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  9. Beautiful colors! I want to make cute little animals!

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  10. Great colorway in this selection of felt. My favorite colors! I would make an 3-D owl figure. Would be adorable in these colors. Thanks! jilljones1@frontiernet.net

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  11. I see blossoms and flowers when I look at those colors - maybe something to attach to a tote bag or a pin for a spring cardigan.

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  12. I am making felt quit books for my childcare children to take home.

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  13. I would make some bird stuffies. I love working with the wool.

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  14. I would make a flower head band or hair clip :)

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  15. I would make some spring flowers!

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  16. I would make a spring flower penny rug.

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