Prefelt is partially felted wool. The term "prefelt" may refer to prefelt wool batts, sheets or prefelt fabric and is created to make the layout of felting projects easier and faster. It is more traditionally used in wet felting projects, but can certainly be used in needle felting as well. Prefelt can be cut into shapes and used as inlays in your surface design. Prefelts also provide a quick way to create a base layer for felting projects. Most commercial prefelts are created by lightly needle punching wool and other fibers such as silk on a machine to compact and slightly interlock the fibers causing them to be "partially" felted. Prefelt is not "felt" yet because it is not fully "felted" and does not have the integrity of felt. As a result, it is best to felt it completely whether through further wet felting or needle felting.
We carry 100% Merino Prefelt fabric and 100% Wool Prefelt of a higher micron for slightly sturdier projects such as wall hangings that may be mounted without being matted and framed.
If you are unsure which prefelt would be best for your project, give us a call, we will be happy to help!Below is an example of how pricing works for different size options - using the 19 micron prefelt pricing as an example:
1/8 yard = $3.49 11"w x 18" h
1/4 yard = $6.59 11"w x 36" h [ $3.10 more than the 1/8 cut]
1/2 yard = $12.95 23"w x 36" h [$9.46 more than the 1/8 cut]
1 yard = $23.95 47"w x 1 yard [$20.46 more than the 1/8 cut]
When you land on the product page, the price shown is for the 1/8th cut, and that is the item/size selected in the drop down list as the DEFAULT selection.If you select a larger size, it adds the amount shown in the [+$x.xx ] brackets, and the RED PRICE will update on your screen to show the price. If you select a quantity greater than "1" for any cut smaller than a yard, you will receive multiples of that size. If you select a quantity greater than "1" full yard, we will give you a continuous length of yardage. If we do not have the quantities you have ordered, we will call you within 1 business day so you can choose how to proceed.If you are wanting to make your own prefelt, or even to get crisper lines in your surface design using prefelts, check out our youtube video channel.On 06/24 we will have a free tutorial on how to make your own prefelts.