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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

546 Responses to “Shop Tour: New England Felting Supply”

  1. Stacy Film says:

    Can’t wait to share your site with friends…looking forward to including your store in our next trip to MA!! Thanks!!

  2. Lauren says:

    Would love some new felt making supplies!

  3. Linda Collignon says:

    The colors! The textures! Do I see some hand-dyed merino/tencel amongst the goodies?! I hope i can visit sometime soon! Linda

  4. Lisa Rollauer says:

    Wow what a fabulous giveaway! I’ve been wanting to get into felting…this has been a great inspiration!

  5. Laureen says:

    What a wonderful shop ~ My daughters and I would love to win this give-away!

  6. Marcy says:

    Just what I need to get started on some new felting projects! Thank You!

  7. Wendi says:

    What an amazing shop!!! I could definitely enjoy a lot of time there. Thank you for offering such a generous give a way.

  8. Christine says:

    What a great giveaway……our Waldorf craft group love to felt.

  9. Ami says:

    Beautiful and fun!

  10. Kerstin says:

    This shop is gorgeous! And pretty close to me, coming from Putney, VT, and en route to my parents in Enfield, CT! As a Waldorf-trained teacher, beginning felter, and person in possession of lots of enthusiasm for all the felting plans in my head, how excited am I?
    Thank you for information on this beautiful store, which I plan to visit soon.

  11. Meagan says:

    Thanks for the article and all the great photographs. I buy my wools from NEFS, but would love to visit sometime. Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  12. kerstin says:

    I’m dyeing to go see New England Felting Supply in person! It’s a few states away but I will get there soon!

  13. Kimberly Busby says:

    Wow! I have been wanting to try a project with prefelt. My fingers are crossed. Thank you for the great give away!

  14. Carolyn says:

    As a beginning felter, I could really use that felt for so many things! Thanks for showing us around that awesome store.

  15. zabe says:

    beautiful! felt is terrific to work with.

  16. Kristin W says:

    I would be in ecstasy in a store like that! Mmm, how beautiful and inspiring it all is! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Amy says:

    lovely, lovely, lovely! so many projects to try, and NOW the felt to try them with.

  18. Sarah says:

    Just fell in love with those beautiful prefelt! Thanks for the inspiration.

  19. Loretta says:

    Beautiful, wish I was closer to your location. A road trip is in order. Thanks

  20. Carole says:

    Ooh, this store isn’t too far from me. I can’t wait to check it out. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. SandyH says:

    What a beautiful shop!

  22. Andrea says:

    The store is a dream! Such lovely colours…

  23. Marabeth Nally says:

    I’ve never “felt ” so excited! Just discovered you, and after all my trips to the Northhampton area how could that be so? Can’t wait for the next trip down with my felting friends!!!!

  24. Dayle W. says:

    We love to work with wool in all forms!!

  25. Nicole says:

    Looking forward to a trip to this place this summer! Working with wool, felt is one of my – and my children’s) favourite things to do!

  26. loura says:

    What a great shop. I wish I lived closer. Would love to this giveaway!

  27. Colleen says:

    Beautiful shop! Wish I lived MUCH closer.

  28. Jennifer says:

    This place sounds super exciting – I never knew there were shops specifically devoted to felting!

  29. Ooh, it all looks so colorful and cheerful! I could definitely use some of that brightness here in overcast Oregon! I try to find as many ways to infuse bright colors into my life everyday to make up for the rain and clouds, this giveaway would give me another dose of color therapy!

  30. Susan says:

    Makes me wish I still lived in Massachusetts… makes me miss New England… the colors of the felt are so beautiful!

  31. Shell ~ says:

    ~ oh,-la-la !!! ~ What a truly inspiring & beautiful shop ~
    Wish I still lived on the East Coast to visit. Thanks to Living Crafts for highlighting it & thank you for the tremendous give-away !
    I work at a Waldorf school & loVe everything fiber. I could live in the New England Felting Supply.
    Best success ~
    Shell ~

  32. Heather Roberts says:

    Felting is such a wonderful medium to work in. Truely all ages can greatly enjoy this art form! Infants loves the soft feel to squishy in their wee hands, toddlers can be amazed with what warm water and their hands can create, and we adults l-o-v-e the gorgeous results and oohs, and ahhhs from our friends, “Can I feel this?” “You made this?”
    Enjoy your day!

  33. Laura S. says:

    I wish, I wish, I wish that I was within drinving distance of your lovely shop. Because I don’t, I wish for the next best thing…this kit of goodies. My head is spinning with ideas!

  34. Karen says:

    It’s like dying (no pun intended) and going to felt heaven. I used to think I wanted to work in a chocolate store – this tops it by far. Oh I’ve had the luxury of shopping here as I stumbled on it and now make an annual trek when visiting my parents. So many colors it’s amazing. I love their premade kits too. I wish I lived closer but that would be dangerous!

  35. Jocelyn Castro-Santos says:

    I Love this store…my two little girls spend hours picking out colors and fleece for needlefelting and other projects! It’s like a candy shop!!! We are so lucky to live just a half hour away!!!

  36. Angelina says:

    Feels like a kid in a candy store! Can’t wait to visit the store.

  37. Tracy says:

    This would make a great day trip for my daughter and I…I’m not sure the car will be big enough for all that we would want to bring back!

  38. Tracie says:

    Ohhhhh wool heaven really exists! I absolutely will have to find a way to travel there, just to immerse myself in blissful color.

  39. Cheri Anderson says:

    Such warm colors! Would love to win this supply of dazzling


  40. Kay says:

    One gets so many creative ideas and inspiration from your store. I love the colors and textures, amazing. Thank you for sharing your talent with so many of us by way of photos. I would love for you to open a store here in Arizona.

  41. Heather says:

    How fun! I would love to learn to felt.

  42. gwendolyn says:

    OOOH! Pick me Pick me! I really want to win:) Did you know this is a few towns from me and I have never even heard of it until now? Great work Livingcrafts!!!

  43. Michele Hamilton says:

    I want to make a trip to your store!!! Oh my… I am in love! Awesome!

  44. Gayle Cox says:

    what a great store. pick me!!!

  45. Natalie says:

    Wahoo! Felting!

  46. I have says:

    Thank you for the exceptional post. I certainly like the blog site and decided that I might let you know! :D Thanks, I have

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