“Our mission is to introduce and develop the unique medium of hand-made felt by providing the best quality and choice of feltmaking materials backed by in-depth knowledge.”
NEFS opened in May of 2007 when feltmaker Christine White divided her 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. The store has been modeled on the same principles found in the book which is to say, lots of information and plenty of examples.
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 includes our premier C-1 (a top grade classification from Norway) which many felters agree is the best needle-felting wool available and Short Fiber Merino Batts.
Short Fiber is special preparation of cut merino carded into batts (blankets) which makes the wool felt extremely fast and results in a much finer, tighter finish than merino top. NEFS is also the first importer of merino prefelt in the US and carries different colors and weights from multiple suppliers.
There is an year-round educational program too! This is a cornerstone of New England Felting Supply’s mission 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.
Browse our web-store and be inspired! If you can, stop by our brick and mortar location in Easthampton, MA to experience the astonishing array of colors! Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Directions can be found on our contact page.
Thank you for reading and let us know how we can help you with your next felting project!
Christine White was featured on CISA’s “Local Heros Spotlight!” Listen to her full interview with Phil and Monte of WRSI 93.9 The River as they talk about the many meanings of the word “felt”, the history of felting in America, and the many amazing properties of wool.