Eco-Crafters Unite! I L-O-V-E The Kunin Group & their “Ecospun” cruelty-free felt!

WOW! I have been overwhelmed by emails asking me for details on the cruelty-free, super “Green” (with a capital G) felt I mentioned in this week’s W.I.P. Wednesday post. I feel so popular!

I was so excited when I saw all the email love, some from people who were interested in the cruelty-free crafting possibilities, and others who wanted more info on the “recycled” aspect of this medium. To quote an emailer “this sounds a little too good to be true.”

Yet it is true.

To create those delicious-looking donuts, and these heart pins, and many other gifts & crafts, I used “Rainbow Classicfelt” from The Kunin Group. Go check out their website because I think it’s just amazing the different kinds of felt they offer, and all of it created from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles!

I first discovered this amazing felt last year when my mum brought me a bag of crafting supplies from America when she came for a visit. I’d found some polyester crafting felt here in France, but I didn’t like the feel of it. She’d stumbled upon some various felt squares and saw they were wool free so grabbed a few colours for me.

Love at first stitch! Or cut, I could say. While it isn’t as dense as traditional wool felt, it has a lovely feel and is wonderful for bags like these :

felt-bags

or other projects like this :

pencil-roll

pencil-rolled-up

When I was in the U.S. on vacation this past summer I bought nearly an entire suitcase full of Kunin Group felt (yes, nearly an entire bag full. You should have seen the look on Monsieur Fish’s face when he saw that). I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics in Rochester Hills, Michigan. I know many of you are in Canada and Europe, so don’t fret. Visit their Where To Buy page – there are lots of locations around the world…though none in France. Snif.

I would just love to get my hands on some of their Plush Felt which I couldn’t find at last summer. It is all plushy and soft and would be perfect for making softies and little stuffed animals, which are going to be de rigueur with Spring Solstice and other such holidays approaching.

So there you go! Vegan crafting at it’s best!

Happy Mail post coming next, promise!

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19 thoughts on “Eco-Crafters Unite! I L-O-V-E The Kunin Group & their “Ecospun” cruelty-free felt!

  1. Felt isn’t vegan?! What?! How odd…but your creations are lovely and oh so colorful!

    About the wheatberries-I say 1/4 cup (dry) because that’s how much I measured out before I cooked it. I dont’ know how much it expands during cooking so if it expanded to 1/3 cup that would be more than I originally started with, get it?

  2. Neat! Honestly, I didn’t even know traditional felt wasn’t vegan. :-) Now I know! I do plan to make those donuts someday, so I look for this stuff. My friend and I have tossed around the idea of a starting a small stitch and bitch group, so this could be my first project.

  3. Love the plushies, too. Now if they can just come up with a product that will fuzzy-felt up like wool, I’ll be the happiest little Waldorfian around :-)

  4. that stuff sounds awesome! i’ve never worked with felt, so i don’t really know what i’d do with it. besides making those donuts, of course. ooh! i bet it would make good kitty toys!

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