I have been having issues adding links to my sidebar and have set up this page that I will be adding to. These links are for suppliers that I have used or have already discovered on the internet. I like to shop around and get the best price and am not adverse to buying from Europe if I can’t find what I need in the UK, and if the rate of exchange is better value. It is good to get on the mailing lists to be made aware of sales or discounts. Please note that the quality can vary from supplier. I cannot list the differences here, but I will write about them in my posts when required.
Wool, Fibers, and Felting Supplies
- World of Wool – UK – I buy most of my wool from here.
- Wingham Wool Works – UK – I have bought a wooden felting roller, felting block, bulb spray, some carded batts and pre-felt from here as the merino tops tend to be a bit more expensive than WOW, unless they are having a sale.
- DHG Shop – Italy – The website is in Italian, English and Russian. DHG is one of the largest dying houses in Europe and is probably where most of your wool is dyed. If you are a member of the International Feltmakers Association, you are entitled to a 10% discount before VAT and can be combined with other offers. You will need to get the code from the IFA website. The prices are in Euros. It is where I purchase my viscose from as it is currently the cheapest place to purchase it and can be bought in 100g increments for less than what is charged for half that amount in the UK. I have recently purchased superfine and fine merino that was on offer. I also think Flax is better value if you are inclined to use it. It doesn’t matter how much you purchase, the shipping charges are around 11 euros and it takes about a week to arrive. The merino is a bit finer than from WOW.
Hat Forms, Shoe Lasts
- Gillian Glad Rags – UK – Hat forms, slipper lasts – I have purchased all of my polystyrene hat forms from here and some slipper lasts. I love the hat forms, but the jury is currently out on the slipper form. I will review that again once I make a pair of slippers according to her instructions.
- Wingham Wool Works – UK – Hat forms, shoe lasts are being discontinued
- Wollknoll – Germany – Hat forms, shoe lasts – I have purchased one of their fiberglass hat forms and recently their shoe lasts. The shoe lasts are 11 euros, but shipping is about 17 euros for up to 5 kilos. The shoe lasts look more like a foot. They are a large supplier of wool and felting supplies, but I can’t get my head around the amount of wool one needs to order. If ordering in bulk, it might be worth it, but shop around.
- George Weil – UK – Hat shapers – I purchased two hat shapers from here when I went up to Guildford recently. The hat shapers are imported from America and the sizes are limited. They will, however, order one in your size and style if it isn’t in stock or on their website. I was lucky that they had a small trilby form in my size. Although American prices are less, there is duty and shipping to consider unless you are going to the States and can order it in advance or someone brings it to you. I have the Untouchables Trilby in small and a Top Hat in medium. You don’t actually need a hat shaper to make either of these as a polystyrene hat form will suffice as you can shape the dome from a cloche. You just need to be innovative. Having said that, I do love mine and have already adapted hats on them.
- Frank’s Cane and Rush Supply – USA
- Handcrafted Hat Blocks – UK – Hand made wooden hat blocks, custom – I have two of these in different shapes. They are like pieces of art and I have yet to use them. The prices are reasonable as vintage hat blocks can be very expensive. He also sells on eBay.
- Wig Forms – eBay or the cheapest place you can buy them – Wig forms tend to be smaller in circumference than hat forms. I have three in different sizes – one of them being my size and is what I shape hats for myself on. They also come with a bracket to clip to a table, though I don’t use it for that. They are canvas covered cork and can be pinned, but if you don’t want it to get wet or stained, it is worth keeping the plastic on. They are also tall, so can be used to make top hats when padded out as they are head shaped (like an upside down punching bag). They are probably the cheapest type of hat form you can buy.