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Imagine Childhood Giveaway and new Book!

“Childhood is more than just a stage in our path to adulthood, it’s the time in our lives when our imaginations have no limits.  It’s the time when we learn how to be inventors. It’s the time when we watch clouds and butterflies with wonder and admiration.  It’s the time when we fall in love with the world.  Childhood is not just a developmental stage, it’s the development of a perspective, and quite a beautiful one at that.  In 2008 we established to support and nurture the growth of that perspective.  Imagine Childhood is a family owned and operated company offering high quality environmentally conscious toys, activities and stories that encourage exploration, creativity, and open-ended unstructured play.”  Sarah Olmstead, Imagine Childhood

Sarah Olmstead has a new book out (which will be reviewed on our blog soon) with the same name as her store:  IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play- 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure.  This book is a part of the giveaway on this post, but you can also purchase signed copies on her website.  Here is her blog post on behind the scenes work for the project.



Imagine Childhood is offering a big giveaway to one lucky winner, residing in U.S., which includes all four items below:

1)      One European Sewing and Knitting Kit,

2)      One Set Nature Keepsake Bags,

3)      One Basket Kit of your choice, and

4)      One copy of Imagine Childhood book:  IMAGINE CHILDHOOD: Exploring the World Through Nature, Imagination, and Play- 25 Projects that spark curiosity and adventure.

To enter the drawing for a chance to win all four items above, please leave a comment on this post by Wednesday midnight pacific time, October 24th, 2012.  In addition, Living Crafts readers are offered a 10% discount between 10/20 – 10/24.  The discount code will be “LivingCrafts”.

Posted by Living Crafts on Oct 20, 2012 07:00 AM | 713 Comments

Shop Tour: New England Felting Supply

New England Felting Supply is housed in the Magestic Theatre

New England Felting Supply is celebrating their fourth year as the only retail store that caters specifically to feltmakers, although it seems they have been there forever! With so many options available online to purchase roving, few can offer in-depth personal knowledge about wool characteristics and feltmaking techniques. The staff at NEFS is trained to explain details about the feltmaking process and to help customers choose the exact wool or blend for their project.

Here’s Fiona Duthie, Senior Contributor Editor at Living Crafts, wearing her own design featured in the Fall 2010 of Living Crafts using New England Felting Supply’s prefelt.

The entire store occupies the center of a 1920’s vaudeville theater in Easthampton, Massachusetts where hundreds of colorful wools are stacked from the floor to the balcony. Many fibers are sold “general store style” where you can choose whatever amount you like from barrels and bins. Other items are pre-packaged. What’s missing from their entrance is a warning sign for those who might stock up more than needed. Taking a friend is advisable, or at least that’s what I should be doing. Ehem.

I’ve personally used their prefelts to my delight and it works like a charm. What I really appreciate about them is also the variety of colors they have available.

Here's Christine White, Owner, posing by the prefelt collection in her store. Photo taken by Fiona Duthie when she visited their store last year!

NEFS opened in May of 2007 when feltmaker Christine White of Massachusetts decided to divide her 7-year-old feltmaking studio business, Magpie Designs, into a separate retail store and a private art studio. White is the author of the best-selling Uniquely Felt, called “the feltmaking bible” by the Library Journal. This valuable felting book has been reviewed in Living Crafts magazine, and the clear instructions and many beautiful examples makes it a uniquely valuable reference book for beginner to advanced felter. The store has been modeled on the same principles found in the book which is to say, lots of information and plenty of examples.

Uniquely Felt

NEFS has a thriving Local Wools Program where a number of wools from family farms are available for purchase year-round to help support the local economy. But perhaps the best known product lines include their premier C-1 wool (a top grade classification from Norway) which many felters agree is the best needle-felting wool available and their Short Fiber Merino Batts, which are only found at NEFS. The Short Fiber batts are a special preparation of cut merino combed out into batts (blankets) which makes the wool felt extremely fast and results in a much finer, tighter finish than merino top.

NEFS was also the first importer of merino prefelt in the United States and carries several different colors and weights of this popular material.

There is an year-round educational program too. Christine considers this to be a cornerstone of New England Felting Supply since it arose from a teaching studio. Instructors range in skill from beginning teachers who are encouraged to develop their skills during drop-in classes to the very best week-long workshops with international teachers from Canada, Finland, Turkey, England Holland, Australia and more. Instruction in many felting techniques can be found on class schedules. Visit the website to buy color cards for the 125 colors of merino combed top or any of the other product lines.

But if you can, stop by the brick and mortar store in Easthampton to experience the astonishing theater full of color! Hours are 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday. Directions are found on the website or you can send an email.

Thank you for your interest. Let us know how we can help you with felting!

Prefelt Giveaway


This generous giveaway valued at $125 includes Uniquely Felt book with directions, plastic cup, two bars of soap, four yards of prefelt,  four each 14″ squares of prefelt, one 5″x14″ prefelt, and a citrus metal can! To enter, leave a comment here by 8:00 p.m. EST Thursday March 31st, 2011. Winner will be announced on Friday.

Citrus Blanket

Finished Blanket

And the winner is…

Posted by Living Crafts on Mar 28, 2011 06:30 PM | 546 Comments


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