There are two key types of felt sheets: Craft Felt and Wool Felt, and yes, I didn’t know this until I failed miserably using craft felt for my baby projects…
CRAFT FELT SHEETS: Most of the felt sheets available in Singapore (and Hong Kong) are craft felt. Craft felt is synthetic, man-made felt made of acrylic, polyester, rayon, it’s cheaper but the problem with craft felt sheets is that they aren’t very durable, started to fuss over time and can be easily tore between seams (Based on my experience It’s worse if you stitch craft felt using sewing machine). Yet, craft felt is a very good option for beginners as well as craft works, hair ties or clips, decorative items such as ornaments that don’t get rubbed against frequently.
Spotlight, Artfriend and Daiso are the popular places to get craft felt in Singapore, but personally I don’t really like their finish as they are either too hard or soft and fuss in no time, there’re also very limited colour variations so I then turned to Taobao and found some good quality felt sheets (they claim is from Korea) which is thicker and doesn’t (hasn’t) fuss that easily, price is also very reasonable and they have wide range of colours (even glittering ones!!). The drawback is obviously the waiting time but I stock up quite a bit in one time and use that for most of my quiet book elements on top.
But for Quiet books, larger felt toys and applique on daily items craft felt is not the right choice. When I restarted my felt projects I made a family album cover for Nana using craft felt from Spotlight (that was my first project after I moved to Singapore so the only place I know for felt sheet by then was Spotlight) and she can tear them apart when she’s only 18 months old!!
WOOL FELT SHEETS: Wool felt is the better option if you intended to make felt items that would last long. Wool felt can be 100% wool or blended with rayon. As it’s made of wool, Wool felt is more expensive but feel very soft, elastic yet durable and won’t fuss over time.
When I was in Hong Kong I bought most of my needlework supplies from NeedleWork Club, that tiny space was packed with everything you need for your needlework projects and make you feel you’re in a treasure hunt!! They sell mostly US and Japan fabrics including wool felt sheets imported from Japan, which I have been using all the time until I moved to Singapore.
Unfortunately I couldn’t find any shops in Singapore that’s selling wool felt so far, a lot of what I am using is the leftover of what I brought from NeedleWork Club. There are also shops in Etsy who’s selling blended wool felt and shipping to Singapore, you can definitely find one on Etsy. [Update Mar 2018 Spotlight seems carrying blend wool felt sheet now when I was surfing through its website, will check in it later!]
Where I got craft felt sheets in Singapore
Address: Level 5, 68 Orchard Road (Dhoby Ghaut MRT), Singapore, 238839
Opens Daily 10am – 10pm
I used to go to the Bras Basah one but now they have one in Plaza Singapura which is definitely more convenient as Spotlight and Daiso are there too!!
Address: 68 Orchard Road, B1-10/13, Singapore 238839
Opens Daily 10:30am – 9pm
They have many stores in Singapore, the one I usually go are the one in Vivocity and Plaza Singapura
Address: VIvocity Branch – 1 Harbour Front Walk #03-06/06A/06B, Singapore 098585
Opens Daily 10am – 10pm
Address: 1101, Upper Cross Street,
People’s Park Centre, #02-51
Opens Monday – Saturday 10AM–8:30PM, Sunday 12:30–7:30PM