Each order is very different and calculating costs for shipping items beforehand tends to be difficult. We will always try to use the most affordable shipping method. For small orders (under 30€) we add a 4 € invoicing cost.
We are Felt Faction, the felt “roller coaster” founded by Aki Leppänen and Elina Saari. Read more about Felt Faction and Elina.
Cat brush brings the fibers from needle felt to the surface and gives us nice fluffy part which we can attach better.
Of course you can, but rubber mat is more efficient for that. Rubber mat won’t leave small sticks to your hands and it is very durable in use.
Our needle felting pad that is made from cellular plastic is more durable than foam rubber pieces and does not leave pieces of pad to your design. Needle punching with this pad is considerably faster than with any other.
Most of Elinas 3-dimensional effects on hats are first needle punched in before wet felting.
Wooden wedge (what you use for holding door open) is great for finishing straight edges (for example to your forehead) on your hat. If you look at hats that Elina has made, you can see that the edges are nice and clean. That is the result of using wooden wedge.
There are no one exact way of making hats like Elina does, so it is impossible to make instructions that are clear enough. Elina uses her own felting “language” that works only if you see what she means. If you wish to make hat like Elina does, you´re welcome to join her workshops and create your own unique felt hat!
This is true. The colors that are not industrially dyed eg. mottled greys, Smoked Tofu and Off-White are easier to felt since they did not undergo the industrial dyeing process. However Elina´s unique hand dyed Jääkarhu pieces are very easy to felt (the way Elina dyes is very gentle process for the needle felts). Students trained by Elina have no problems at all using whatever color of Jääkarhu nor do the experienced felt makers.
Also notice that mottled colors leave the surface of the design a bit hairier.
Unfortunately not. Right from the beginning of our business we have wanted to do everything in our house. We work very long hours and Elina has got her precious Sauna/ studio and a wool dyeing cottage right here and she keeps on going. The minute we would open up a shop would most likely destroy her possibility to work at any time the “inspiration strikes” and we´d be fools to limit her playing time with wool!
Often enough we have been approached by shop owners wanting to sell Elina´s designs, but rarely have we found anyone that would know enough about hand made felt to be able to really explain the customers all the intricate details of the designs & why are they special. We´ll let you know if things change!
Meanwhile we do shows/ exhibitions every once in a while and try our best to make our web-sites as informative & inspirational as we can!