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Harrisville Designs and needlefelting supplies

Filed under: Crafting Miscellany,Retired - Folkcat's Fiber Crafts — folkcat at 4:32 pm on Sunday, May 29, 2005

Craft Goddess Bea, my husband, Bill, and I went on a NH mini-wool tour Saturday. We visited The Fiber Studio in Henniker; The Wool Room in Antrim; and finished up with Harrisville Designs in Harrisville.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that Harrisville Designs had a good assortment of felting needles, in at least 2 different sizes, for $3.00 a pair. They also had a very nice looking multi-needle tool. Made of turned aluminum, it will hold up to 6 needles at once. I couldn’t justify the expense ($24.95) for it that day, since I already have a nice woodturned multi, but it’s on my list as my number two multi-needle when I have the funds.

I was a little disappointed that the wool they sell is only available in a full 8 oz. bag. Apparently, they’ve decided that it’s too much trouble to break it up into smaller quantities for us needlefelters. The staff did recommend that we put that feedback into the store managers at the website, though, stating that such comments have more weight when they come from customers than from the staff.

In spite of that minimum purchase per color, I did find a color of wool that I couldn’t resist buying the bag of (actually, Bea was willing to split it with me, so we each got about 4 oz.) The plum colored wool below has a little heathering in it of a pink that doesn’t really come out in the picture. Add to that the lucky find of an odd remnant of an amazing blue mohair (more than enough for line drawing in needlefelting), and these are the fibers I came away from Harrisville with.

When I took this picture, I really loved the way this wool and yarn looked together. I’ll have to see what I can do with them in a bowl design!

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