Pattern & Project Partners
WoolFelt® from National Nonwovens elevates thousands of patterns with its rich texture and trendy hues. Made in America, it is one of the most popular felt products worldwide. WoolFelt® is just one of the many products we manufacture to satisfy and stimulate beginning crafters and expert artisans alike. We offer a variety of felt with diverse fibers like bamboo-rayon (XoticFelt®) and acrylic (FiestaFelt®).
Below is a partial listing of the project and pattern design companies featuring our felt products in their patterns. These companies create some of the industry’s most popular projects. They have a lot in common. They all love the quality, they all are inspired by the colors, and they all have significantly contributed to the enormous popularity of National Nonwovens’ felt products.
|• Artsi2||• Heidi Boyd Whimsy Kits||• Rachel's of Greenfield|
|• Grab 'n Go Kits||• Lumenaris|
|• Cutesy Crafts||• KBB Crafts & Stitches||• Little Goodall|
|• Felt Loose Fancy Free||• Kid Giddy||• Sweetie Pie Bakery|
|• Jamie Fingal Designs|
For 25 years, sisters Benedicte and Veronique have been designing kits and patterns for their shop, tradeshows, and online business. The sisters began to incorporate National Nonwovens’ WoolFelt in their charming projects many years ago and continue using it in their 14 Days a Week pattern line. The patterns are fun and fast projects including their incredibly adorable Tiny Felt People Collection of soft doll patterns. The Tiny Felt People are characters from childhood tale classics and Christmas ornaments, often starring Hortense the Mouse™.
Patterns sold in the US by Hoffman Distributing Company (hoffmandis.com) and in the UK by Hantex. The sisters of ABCDaires also sell directly at email@example.com. More information at www.14daysaweek.com.
Ellen Murphy of American Homestead says she was born with a crayon in her hand. She has loved art and design her entire life. Ellen has a degree in Fine Art and has a love of color. Working in graphic design and as a quilting/crafts teacher helped Ellen create patterns that are easy to understand. She started her business as a quilt design company and worked in felt and embroidery for fun but people started seeing her original designs and wanted patterns and an entirely new part of her business was born! Ellen has a love for travel that has taken her all around the world and she brings the inspiration she receives from her journeys to her designs. She is inspired by the folk art she sees, especially the designs of her European roots. Her second book, American Homestead Christmas contains 21 projects with 19 of them using wool felt!
Annelle’s design company is truly a dream come true for her, especially since she feels that she could not live without creating in some way or another. The one-of-a-kind candle mat kits are the Annelle’s Originals hallmark product. They bring added warmth to any room. Another extremely popular line are the Mini-Me Kits with pocket, pre-cut WoolFelt®, and hanger. Mini-Me’s began as gifts for Annelle’s nieces and nephews. She incorporated a pocket so gift cards, money, or candy could be stuffed inside. The completed projects are only 4” so they are easy to mail and the holiday designs can be Christmas ornament keepsakes.
Annelle tells her customers that she uses WoolFelt® almost exclusively in her designs because she can depend on the colors and textures. “The colors are always consistent and almost always available,” says Annelle. “WoolFelt® is also less expensive than wool and more fun to work with!”
Vickie started Annie’s Keepsakes as a way of sharing her ideas and love of wool, fiber, and folk art. The quick and easy projects resonated with the quilting and crafting community and today she has over 90 patterns! Her designs, often inspired by nature and her garden, have been published in magazines across the country and abroad. Vickie also brings her award-winning expertise to each of her classes, workshops, and booths at expositions.
It was while she was exhibiting at the 2001 Spring Quilt Market when Vickie was first introduced to National Nonwovens. She instantly loved the WoolFelt product line because of how easy it was to use, the colors, and quality. Soon Vickie was designing with many of National Nonwovens’ products. In fact, National Nonwovens’ wool roving fibers helped to launch Vickie’s secondary career of felting and fiber art.
Vickie recently released a new book called Crafty Critters that has already become enormously popular. Inside the book you will find appealing woodland animal designs made from WoolFelt®. There are shoulder bags with fox and raccoon faces, a big-eyed owl case for eyeglasses or cell phones, and cute pincushions.
Artsi2 was founded in 2008 by Karen Raum with a goal to offer high quality, unique, artistic, items at affordable prices, all made in the United States. Karen enjoys working with WoolFelt and has a passion for art. Her extensive art background includes studying Art at the Metropolitan State College in Denver and being an accomplished Master Doll-maker, having won top awards at the national and international level for her “Art Dolls”.
Karen's Precision Cut Felt Cuts have become extremely popular. She incorporates her love of different styles into her kits; including folk art, contemporary, primitive, and whimsical. She recently designed several scenic art quilts that are breathtaking in there resemblance of majestic American landscapes. The idea came to Karen while she was enjoying her favorite outdoor activities in the Rocky Mountains.
The company L’atelier d’Isabelle was born in 1998 in France close to the Switzerland border. “L’atelier” translated to English is “The Workshop,” and Isabel is the talented designer of this French Company. She became a quilt designer in 2002, specializing in WoolFelt applique on linen and traditional embroidery. One of her charming examples is shown here. She mixes different materials with beautiful colors so WoolFelt is perfect for her projects! She sells her designs as both kits and patterns in many shows and festivals through Europe and recently in the United States.
Barri lives in June Lake, California, which is scenically located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. She enjoys the picturesque beauty, walks, and kayaking in the lakes. To the delight of her loyal and enthusiastic customers, Barri has many different patterns and kits. Barri especially loves working with small appliqué and WoolFelt® is perfect for this. She has introduced over 20 popular WoolFelt® candle mat patterns with multiple themes for every season.
Barri's has a new line of very creative chalkboard patterns. They are writable runner with a border of Chalkboard Cloth! The black chalk cloth border can be written on with chalk to personalize your event! Finished size of runner: 14 inches x 35 inches long. Shown here is the Snowday Chalkcloth Runner.
Betz White has the uncanny ability of envisioning beauty in the mundane, something new from something old, cupcakes from sweater cuffs. It’s this skill that has propelled her to the forefront of the crafting field. Betz has built a career on thoughtful design, skilled craftsmanship and a focus on materials that are kind to people and planet alike. She is also a bestselling book author. She uses National Nonwovens’ felt in several of her projects, including her Slippy and Slide Seals and Polar Pals applique hooped patterns from her Wildlife with Love series. Shown here is her newest hoop pattern, Dutch Bunny Embroidery Inspired by the Pennsylvania Dutch Hex signs.
Joan enjoys working with WoolFelt® and has used it in many of her classy creations. She appreciates how easy it is to work with, citing “the no hem, straight edge of the felt that doesn’t turn under” as most important. Her patterns have a unique charm with decorative details and distinctive accessories. Joan is one of National Nonwovens’ original Pattern Partners and continues to implement WoolFelt® into pattern designs each year. Shown here is pattern #349, A Perfect Gift. It's a trio of WoolFelt Christmas Gift Ornaments that make a great addition to any tree or a cute little package topper.
Sara Hardwig grew up in Minnesota dreaming of becoming an artist. She comes from a very talented family. Her mother is Emily Hardwig, whose pattern company is Red Button Quilt Company. In 2007, Emily encouraged her daughter to design a Christmas ornament pattern for her quilt shop, and Blueberry Backroads was born. Over the years, Sara has expanded from mostly embroidery to appliqué, a quilting, and now working with wool and WoolFelt. Shown here is pattern #085, Itty Bitty Birds made with WoolFelt. Who wouldn't love to receive one of these adorable little birdies to hang on the Christmas tree? Or to hang in a sunny window to bring some cheer all year long? They make a perfect “I love you” gift, adorable to tie atop a present, or a little swag for the newlyweds. And don’t forget to make a few for your sunny window!
Faye began sewing with her grandmothers at a very young age. She has always been creative and enjoys putting her own personal touch into everything she makes. Faye has been an avid quilter for over 30 years and began rug hooking in early 1995. This passion almost immediately led to teaching and designing rug hooking patterns, which then led to designing wool appliqué patterns. She uses WoolFelt® for many of her projects. “WoolFelt® is so easy to work with,” says Faye. “It doesn’t fray, it has a nice appearance and it photographs very well. It also cuts easily and holds its shape nicely.”
Cathy Pendleton had this idea...take old relics, textiles and anything visually inspiring and create something completely new and even MORE visually inspiring. From that idea, she decided to create a company...a forum to offer these unique pieces to people who would enjoy them. Cathy's company began in 1992, and ever since that moment, she has been putting that one original idea to good use. Her work has allowed her to pluck an idea from her head and translate it into an original piece of folk art or a pattern for others to create. Cathy has been implementing WoolFelt from National Nonwovens into her designs for many years and many recognize Cathy's high-quality projects from her popular Indygo Junction designs.
Born in the US and raised in Ireland, Marianne is now based in France where she set up her cottage industry design company using WoolFelt® exclusively in her seasonal creations. “Working with WoolFelt® is so easy and relaxing and it has an almost therapeutic quality that I would compare to gardening.” Marianne mixes patchwork fabrics with WoolFelt resulting in a pure country french style she expresses in her much-loved penny rugs, pillows, mini-quilts, and other home decorations. Marianne has published several popular WoolFelt pattern books. Shown here is her Passion Folk Art projects from one of her newer books, Esprit Folk Art. This book has 20 woolfelt projects for the home created in a traditional folk art style yet contemporary way.
This creative craft design company features original patterns for dolls, quilts, pillows, wood, sweatshirts, stitchery, penny rugs, and CATS! Barbie likes to design patterns that make her smile and sometimes laugh, with lots of bright happy colors. Cleo, Barbie’s entertaining feline friend, often poses as a model for many of her fun designs. Barbie utilizes a dazzling array of colors in her WoolFelt® patterns, kits and books. Shown here is pattern #366, Hens And Chicks. It's a beautiful 20" round WoolFelt® Penny Rug available as a Pattern or a kit.
Established in 1994, Cotton Tales Pattern Company has been creating quilts and wool projects to add charm and warmth to your home. Designer Pamela Curo has a background in art, and a BFA in costume design for the theatre. Living in a remote area of Minnesota has inspired Pam to design quilts that reflect life in the North Country. Pam's patterns specialize in traditional patterns, and the "lodge look". Although her patterns are easily adapted to wool and hand dyed wool, her designs are mostly devoted to the use of WoolFelt®. The banner shown here is pattern CT 472, Long May She Wave.
Jennifer’s business all started when a neighbor suggested that she exhibit with her at a local craft show. Soon after, she started collecting interesting fabric and made the leap into creating her designs after the birth of her third baby. Many distributors have picked up Jennifer’s pattern line and she is rapidly developing new clientele with customers because of her cute patterns. Jennifer enjoys working with National Nonwovens’ felt and has introduced some wonderful characters that will help you celebrate the seasons. One example is pattern #052 Fright Night (shown here) that will bring a smile to all Halloween goers.
2014 marked the 20th anniversary of Crawford Designs. Barbara started as a subcontractor sewing dolls for Donna’s Dolls and Indygo Junction before launching her own line of country collectible dolls. Soon she was designing penny rugs, holiday stockings, and wearables, all using National Nonwovens’ WoolFelt®. Needle felting also became a passion and she wrote a popular how-to book on the subject using National Nonwovens’ WoolWisps® rovings in her projects.
Five years ago, Barbara reinvented herself again by designing jackets using WoolFelt® with the Islander Sewing System. She now says, “The sky is the limit on designs!” She is using her techniques and talents to teach others on how to construct garments, which almost always includes WoolFelt® in some capacity. Most recently Barbara displayed her projects at The American Sewing Expo, which is the largest independent sewing expo in the United States.
Jessica is a stay-at-home mom who loves to create things for her family and home. She started her craft blog, Cutesy Crafts, to share her patterns and ideas with the craft world. She has an admitted felt obsession, and National Nonwovens’ WoolFelt® is her favorite crafting product. Most of her creations are fun things to make for children. She recently made these DIY Felt Origami Butterfly Hair Clips from our Once Upon a WoolFelt Collection. "These are so fun because you make more of a 3-D shape by folding the butterfly just like you would with paper for origami. Once you get the first one down, they are so easy to make."
Contact: www. cutesycrafts.com
What started as a gift for her children has blossomed and grown into DelilahIris Designs, a whimsical felt toy design business. Delilah has been stitching and creating from felt, fabric, and fiber since childhood. Her design company began in 2013 when she began drafting her handmade toy designs into digital sewing patterns. She operates her business from home, set in rural Maine on a quiet country road. “So much of what I create is inspired by my very own back yard. Nature can be so magical!” On her website, you can find patterns for everything from felt animals and dolls, to felt dollhouses and hanging ornaments. Delilah also offers a line of DIY felt stitching kits featuring National Nonwovens’ line of WoolFelt®, as well as a monthly craft kit subscription gift box service.
Mary has been creating ever since she can remember! Encouraged and driven in her efforts, she enthusiastically pursued a wide array of artistic endeavors. Graduating with a degree in art/art education, she taught high school art for almost 5 years before beginning a 25 year career as a professional artist selling her own work. Having been introduced to handwork and fabric from a young age, she has never been far from needle and thread! Mary started quilting in the early 1980’s and has been fortunate to win a number of awards and ribbons for her quilts, knitting and sewing.
When Mary became intrigued with wool and wool felt she realized that she couldn't find designs and patterns suited to her taste. Encouraged by others, she went to work creating her own patterns and the results were amazing! Her designs have an incredible style that have become a favorite in the industry. Shown here is her Kayaks and Canoes Table Topper Pattern.
Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons, and many four-legged friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and renaissance fairs. Occasionally her parents would catch her reading under the blankets with a flashlight, but most of the time she got away with it! As a child Jennifer would entertain herself for hours with a pair of scissors and a pack of construction paper creating characters and worlds from her imagination. Her materials have evolved, but her imagination has not changed. Besides telling tales, she likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publish sewing patterns. She recently published her first picture book, Ducky’s New Ball, in which the story is illustrated with her handmade dolls (made with National Nonwoven felt).
Elizabeth is a fabric folk artist who lives in the tranquil countryside of Central Massachusetts. Although she has always been creative and explored many genres in the arts including music, dance, and photography; it was when she discovered penny rugs and applique that she knew she found a medium with which she could truly express her creative vision. When Create & Decorate Magazine published her first project submitted in 2011, she knew she was on the right track! The creativity kept flowing, and soon she developed her own line of patterns. Every season brings new ideas and new patterns, inspired by the beautiful surroundings of her home and the colors of National Nonwovens' WoolFelt.
There have been two passions that have followed Mary throughout life— her love for reading, and her love for crafting. It was really no surprise when she found herself in the book publishing industry after college. Today Mary is a “momprenuer” creating felt story sets and flannel boards for children. Each story set is handcrafted using National Nonwovens’ high-quality WoolFelt® and feature lots of special details that bring them to life - from ribbon, felt, and yarn trims, to dimensional fabric paint and touches of glitter. The felt story sets to compliment children's books, promoting literacy & imagination. Each set is toddler tested and approved!
Shelly designs and creates adorable little dolls and plush animals with the hope to inspire a joy of sewing with her sweet, easy patterns. She is very passionate about what she does and everything is created with love and attention to detail. Shelly gives a lot of credit to her family, who puts up with all her fabrics, dolls, bears and other oddities. Go to her website to find free patterns and also her etsy store which has many more patterns to purchase so you can sew your very own plush dolls and animals. These adorable Peek-a-Boo Pals (shown here) are super easy and quick to make and are perfect companions to bring along on any adventure! Patterns includes easy to follow instructions and illustrations to guide you along the way, as well as a material and supply list. Each Peek-a-Boo Pal measures just under 6 inches tall and their sweet little hats are removable.
Michelle Civetti began a longarm machine quilting company she named My Quilting Service in 2003. Five years later she purchased a die cutting machine with the intention of die cutting quilt kits, but decided to pursue cutting wool felt instead. “Grab’n Go Kits” are complete with die cut pieces and backgrounds, floss, needle, glue stick, and even scissors. “I like the WoolFelt® because of its quality and affordability," said Michelle. "I’m very happy with both the product and the customer service.” Shown here is Simple Snowman. It was one of the first Grab 'n Go Kits, There are now over 50 designs to select from!
The first creative things Cindy can remember doing as a child are drawing and embroidery. With the encouragement of the owners of the quilt shop she works for, she started a pattern business 16 years ago. Her first pattern was for wool applique using Woolfelt®. Colors and textures of fabrics have always intrigued her, so discovering wool and WoolFelt ® has been a joy for her. Pictured here is Summer Garden Candle Mat. It was inspired by flowers that her mother planted every summer, which have become her favorite flower colors, too.
Heidi Boyd is the author of fifteen craft books with F+W Media with her latest being, Fairy Tale Sewing and Stitched Whimsy. She crafts at the dining room table where she can keep an eye on the family and dash out the door for the next carpool. Her goal is to make sophisticated design approachable for and easy for all. She has a fine art degree and got her start in professional crafting as a contributor to Better Homes and Gardens books and magazines. Check out her popular hand stitching kits, many made from WoolFelt, and licensed fabric designs on her website (see contact information below). The Frisky Foxes Whimsy Kit shown here will spread smiles and spark imaginative play. Both beginners and experienced stitchers will enjoy the ease of embroidering felt.
As a leader in the quilts and pattern craft industry, Indygo Junction anticipates popular styles and sets new trends each year. The company publishes patterns and books that provide complete and clear instructions. They seek fresh, talented designers and guide them to create with unique and innovative materials, including WoolFelt®.
Several popular Indygo Junction books and kits feature WoolFelt®. The projects are a great way to introduce crafters to the pleasures of working with heirloom quality wool/rayon fabric. Shown here is a wonderful set of WoolFelt ornaments designed by Marilyn Gash called Hearth & Home.
Jamie is an artist, author, teacher, fabric designer, and curator who hails from Orange, California. She is also an award winning artist and the author of the book “Embellished Mini Quilts.” Jamie’s whimsical and abstract work has been juried into International quilt exhibitions, featured in many books and various magazines. She has also been a guest on Quilting Arts TV numerous times. Shown here is one of her newest Hoffman Fabric designs, the Daisy Fabric design. Notice how she used WoolFelt® as the backing for her fabric cut-out dolls?
It all started at age 4, when Jennifer received a child’s Sew Perfect Sewing Machine. Her grandmother gave her a stack of upholstery fabric samples, and Jennifer jumped right in to sewing. She has been a self-supporting artist for 18 years. First selling her ceramic tiles, beads, and jewelry and then eventually moving into textiles. Jennifer designs fabric for In The Beginning Fabrics, currently she is designing her twelfth line of fabric for them. Alongside designing fabric, Jennifer has a line of sewing patterns and craft kits under the Jennifer Jangles name. Many of her kits include National Nonwovens’ WoolFelt. “It’s the only brand of felt I use in the kits as well as sewing for myself.”
Joy has enjoyed working with fabric since the 70’s when she sat with her mother during her sewing lessons. In 2012, she had the opportunity to start her own business and share her love of applique. Joy’s 57 patterns are all about happy times and many show her love for the beach and nature. In addition to designing patterns, she enjoys teaching classes, giving guild lectures, and writing for online quilting resources.
In 2016, Joy branched out from only using cotton to using the wonderful feeling XoticFelt that she purchased at a quilt show. This product was a wonderful find for Joy as she loves the look of wool applique, but allergies do not allow her to work with it. Bamboo-rayon felt opened up another creative avenue for Joy and it has become a new favorite “go to” supply in her quilting space.
Julia has been designing dolls of all types for over 32 years, but especially cloth dolls. She has been published every year since 1981 and won a coveted 10th anniversary cover for Cloth Doll Magazine. In 2012, with the permission from the USPO, Julia worked to create volumes of the expired cloth doll patterns from 1700s to about 1950. Today she has new insights into creating the old lenci/chad valley style all-felt dolls and Russian felt tea cozy dolls. Shown here her norsk doll published in Soft Dolls and Animals Magazine. Pattern is also available.
Kathleen has been crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching for decades, but her WoolFelt obsession began just four years ago when she found National Nonwovens distributor Sweet Emma Jean on Etsy. She fell in love with WoolFelt's quality, versatility, and color selection and quickly got hooked on stitching ornaments, accessories, and home decor items. Kathleen describes her design style as eclectic. She likes making traditional appliqued designs, such as the farmers' market tote shown here, but she has also created WoolFelt robot ornaments, an elf clothesline garland, a trick-or-treating mouse, and other elegant, cute, and quirky items. Kathleen's hand-sewn felt projects have been featured in Craft Ideas, American Patchwork & Quilting, Quilts and More, Make It Yourself, and other craft publications. She also shares project patterns on her blog.
Kerry Goulder began her business when her fabric stash and design ideas bubbled over to an etsy shop and evolved into her Kid Giddy® label, publication projects, and her first book titled Sewing Tales to Stitch and Love: 18 Toy Patterns for the Storytelling Sewist. What’s more, Kerry is a licensed designer for Sizzix and has recently been busy creating Little House on the Prairie® (look-a-like) dolls for Andover Fabrics. When she is not sewing, Kerry loves to read, run, train for her third degree black belt, and spend time with her two girls and husband.
Little Goodall was created by artist and designer Molly Goodall when her two year old son refused to wear the hoods on his coats. Searching for a creative solution, she designed and made the original Ferocious Felt Lion coat to inspire him to put his hood up in the cold. Friends commented, orders were placed, and Little Goodall was born. Hallmarks of the brand are classic tailored details mixed with contemporary styling. With a goal of creating clothing which inspires play, the resulting uniquely crafted garments become as beloved to their owners as favorite toys
Molly holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons the New School for Design and has a background in childrenswear, toy design, and fine art. Little Goodall is a family owned business and the line is lovingly made by hand in North Texas. Buy the finished products on her website or sew your own with the Simplicity pattern show here (Simplicity Pattern 1477 Child's Fox and Racoon Felt Jacket).
What you will notice first about the Lumenaris kits are that they have tremendous shelf appeal thanks to their superb boxed packaging, giving them an irresistible “WOW” factor. Lumenaris’ mission is to “build products that bring families together.” The kits make wonderful birthday, anniversary, or Christmas gifts. Everything you need to start is right in the package including all cut WoolFelt®, stuffing for those items which are stuffed, floss, a needle and instructions.
Lumenaris does their best to make everything in the USA using American materials, which is one of the reasons they use only National Nonwovens' wool felt in their felt kits. When we can't find an American supplier, they try to buy from countries renowned for freedom, environmental sensitivity, and quality manufacturing. They do business with integrity and honesty.
Larissa started blogging her creative crafting life in 2008. Later that year she opened her Etsy shop with a single pattern (Katy Kitty) as a way to support her craft supply habit. Most of her pattern designs come from handmade gifts that she makes for others. “I love to share the excitement of making something adorable or beautiful with others,” says Larissa. “I take a lot of time with my patterns to make sure they are perfectly clear and accurate.” Her background in print design comes in handy because she draws all her own diagrams digitally and takes all her own photos. “I love the process of pattern making, drawing my inspiration for crafting from music, books, folk tales and God’s wondrous creation.”
Designer Bev Stevens, of Oley Valley Primitives has been creating a wide variety of craft kits for the hobby and craft consumer for four decades. Her unique Santa figures have been featured in national publications over the years with special attention given to the “old world” style Father Christmas and Belsnickle. Bev enjoys working with National Nonwovens’ fabrics because they are easy to work with, reasonably priced and come in a vast variety of colors. Shown here are her new WoolFelt Candy Containers to fill with goodies or a special gift! They stand 12+ inches tall and pattern is available as an instant Download or Printed Pattern. You can also purchase it as a Kit or a Finished Product. The Complete Kit includes the tube, pattern, all fabrics, and fusible webbing.
From her home studio in Belfast, Maine, Annette Huval designs, creates and markets her work under the name Oliver Rabbit. Under her mother’s guidance, Annette learned to sew as a child and has spent a lifetime engaged with this art form, both making and teaching. A passion for design, color and small hand stitching shapes her work with animals and dolls. An avid quilter for many years, she left patterned cottons behind for the uniformity of pure wool felt, currently her textile of choice. Annette takes pride in the personality of handmade and loves what she does. Annette teaches others to sew through online tutorials, develops and sells sewing patterns and kits for wool felt projects and blogs about the magic of making something.
Darci grew up on a dairy farm along the Minnesota River and attributes much of her designing today to the surroundings of her upbringing. She opened Shades of the Past Quilt Shop in Clara City, Minnesota, which specialized in wool felt, in December of 2002. What once began as a “free” monthly pattern in the shop has grown into what is known today as Pastthyme Patterns.; The shop has Woolie Wednesday's; the second Wednesday of each month where new patterns are debuted. Darci uses WoolFelt almost every month as it is easy to design with, offers wide color selections, is easy to kit, and dye or distress. Darci finds the simplest things in life bring her most pleasure and tries to keep her designs simple as well!
Julie Wurzer created Patch Abilities in 2004 after she lost her as job as an Agronomist and turned to her creativity as a way to revive her mojo. She started designing one-of-a-kind quilt patterns for her Mom’s quilt shop to move fabric lines that were not selling well. Once she began writing the instructions for a wall-hanging pattern she designed, a flood of ideas hit her and Patch Abilities was born! Julie specializes in designing small, quilted wall-hanging patterns that are perfect for beginners. As Julie says, “If our Patch Abilities beginner applique patterns are the open gate that invites beginners to this soul-satisfying hobby, then I am successful.” Shown here is the popular Popcorn! pattern made from WoolFelt that was recently featured in the Simply Vintage publication by Quiltmania. The pattern is formatted for personal cutting machines and is 10” x 14” finished. Julie often mixes wool with WoolFelt in her designers and frequently uses WoolFelt as the backing on her wool patterns.
Pearl loves to design projects that make people smile, and has been for over 20 years beginning with her first position designing projects for a New York lace company. She has designed and produced more than 500 patterns for the quilt industry and written books for Plaid, Design Originals, Krause and DRG/House of White Birches in addition to self-publishing three books. Pearl developed the Pearl Louise Designs pattern company in 1984 and opened up her quilt shop, The Thimble Cottage in 1995. One of Pearl’s favorite sayings is “Happiness is Homemade” and her WoolFelt® patterns have certainly brought us much happiness! Shown here are two of her 12 monthly Wooly Wally WoolFelt banners.
Kathryn has had an ongoing love affair with sewing since she was in elementary school. Over the years she tried almost every craft out there, especially needle crafts. Knitting, crocheting, and embroidery are among her passions, but more than anything she loves hand stitching. Her desire to find something that she could turn into a profitable business finally blossomed in the form of her whimsical penny rugs. Kathryn started selling her completed designs on Ebay, but found it hard to keep up with the demand. Then after many requests for patterns she decided to give that a try. That's when Penny Lane Primitives was born. There is something for every season in her line and they are so easy to create! Try one and you'll be hooked!
As long as Pam can remember, she has been designing and creating things. Her sewing experience started in my childhood with clothing construction and evolved through the years to quilting. In the early 1990s she decided to make a career change and earned a degree in Interior Design. What she learned about color, design principles and drafting, she incorporated into quilting. Before she knew it, she was creating her own quilt designs and has won several competitions on both the local and national levels. Pam gets her design ideas from everywhere: nature, architecture, even from a funny joke! Her goal is to create fun patterns for all levels of quilters and sewers. Shown here is A Fresh Batch, which is new version of the With a Cherry on Top Pincushion Pattern. They make a quick and easy gift almost yummy enough to eat!
Pinetree Studios’ Etsy shop features E-Patterns for penny rugs, table runners, and more. Mary Elizabeth and Gary are artists and designers. Mary Elizabeth is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) and creates unique drawings that are used in wood block art and vinyl art for wood and fabric. Mary Elizabeth is also the designer for all the E-Patterns. Shown here is her Jewel Tone Stained Glass Penny Rug.
Erin and Jeanette have sold and used National Nonwovens’ WoolFelt® for years at their Piper’s Quilts & Comforts Shop in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their retail quilt shop led them into the world of designing patterns for quilting, sewing and knitting and together they are the Piper's Girls. They specialize in children's and baby items, but dabble in a bit of everything. National Nonwovens’ felt is a favorite because of the quality and colors.
We are having a current love affair with the bamboo felt as we can use it for appliqué in our quilt patterns and it feels like a dream,” they exclaim. “As a Mom and a Grandma, our goal to have as much fun every day while making beautiful things and hope some of our designs make you smile." The M for Monster quilt pattern shown here is sure to do just that! Many of the mosters on the quilt are made with National Nonwovens' bamboo-rayon XoticFelt.
Tammy has been creating crafts with fabric, paint, sand, and putty since childhood. Her passion for whimsical designs — inspired by Early American and Primitive Folk Art — has blossomed into an amazing success story to anyone’s standards. But for Tammy, success means creating characters and patterns that make folks giggle, grin or just plain laugh out loud. She has been doing this for over a decade and today her patterns are sold all over the world and are found in many popular magazines, including the cover of Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine.
Tammy has been a friend of National Nonwovens for a long time and has helped create some of our favorite projects. She designed the CELEBRATE THE SEASONS Block-of-The-Month Perpetual Calendar that we sell to both our wholesale customers and in our online retail store. Included are 12 WoolFelt appliqué patterns that can be combined or stand-alone separately as a season throw, table runner, wall hanging, or pillows.
Rachel Thomas Pellman and her husband Kenny own and operate Rachel's of Greenfield where she designs and produces kits for small applique, pieced wall quilts, and ornaments. Rachel's kits are wonderfully complete . . . wall quilt kits include all the fabrics for the top, back, binding, embellishments, precise patterns, and complete instructions. Ornament kits contain all the fabrics, embellishments, floss, precise patterns and illustrated instructions. With everything in hand, everyone from novice to expert can have the satisfaction of completing a project!
Rachel has spent many hours in Amish homes learning the stories of Amish women, the histories of their quilts, and current trends in Amish quiltmaking. She has authored and co-authored numerous books including her latest, Quilted Projects with Wool and Wool Felt. Rachel also teaches at local guilds and has participated in educational programs at Sotheby's and American Folk Art Museum in New York City.
Michelle May, also known as "The Crazy Bunny Lady," has been infatuated with rabbits and textiles since she was six years old. In 2012, after having worked in the business world for more than 23 years, Michelle decided to take a "hop of faith" and pursue her passion for designing and teaching full time. Michelle created Folk Art Fusion, which is a fun and whimsical expression of fusing folk art together, with the freedom of creating an art quilt. Michelle published her first Folk Art Fusion book Fabled Fusions in 2013. She also sells other designs, as well as kits and supplies on her website and WoolFelt is often incorported into her popular projects. She appeared in four episodes of the 1300 series of Quilting Arts, a national PBS television program. Her work has also appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her motto is "It's never to late to create. All you have to do is believe and have fun."
Heather’s passion for creativity comes from her childhood memories and life experiences. To fine tune that passion into a craft, she obtained a degree in Pattern Making and Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Heather then entered the apparel manufacturing industry and spent the next twenty years working for top designers within the women’s and children’s apparel world. With each position, she traveled to a different area of the world gaining valuable knowledge. Her experiences showed her the importance of a quality, handmade product, produced in the U.S.A., which she used to create The Sewing Loft. All of the designs offered are made with the core values passed down from her family and her main goal is to encourage everyone to enjoy playing like a child. Heather used WoolFelt on her Owl Coin Purse shown here which is available through Checker Distributors.
Suzanne has a keen artistic sense that she further developed in college where she is a graduate of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Her Mother-In-Law encouraged her to pursue a career as a designer of her own pattern business and as a teacher in quilts shops. Since its inception, Suzanne’s Art House has been successful in developing easy to construct quilt patterns. WoolFelt® is incorporated into many of the designs. “WoolFelt® is extremely fast and easy to teach because I don’t spend my time folding down hems.”
Shown here is one of Suzanne’s newer patterns, Christmas Tree Countdown, which was also featured on the cover of Simply Vintage from Quiltmania Inc. Simply Vintage is a quarterly magazine launched in 2011, entirely consecrated to vintage and country styles that you will find in the reports and the many projects which are explained in each issue and offer different techniques: punch needle, hook rugs, embroidery… Available in French and English.
Susan is passionate about the children's market, which is evident in her fresh, fun and whimsical design style! She is an accomplished designer, having worked professionally in the industry for over twenty years. As the author of numerous books, she has shared her passion for kids’ design with people across the globe, inspiring them to create fun projects for nurseries, home decor, baby showers and more!
As a licensed pattern designer with the McCall Pattern Company, Susan’s Sew Sweet Chic label quickly grew to become the top featured brand in the McCall’s craft category. She was then approached by the company to design for their popular Kwik Sew brand. Her patterns are sold worldwide through independent retailers and national chains. Susan frequently features WoolFelt in her patterns. For the Toddler Pants shown here, she used WoolFelt to create many of the adorable animal accents that make this pattern so cute!
Katie founded Sweet Emma Jean in her early months of motherhood, when nap time was aplenty and her idle fingers were itching to create. Once an architect and now a stay-at-home mom of two, Katie was inspired by the need to put something adorable on the equally adorable feet of her baby girl, Emma Jean. Told by many friends to sell her handmade felt baby shoes on Etsy.com, she opened up a shop. Today there are over thirty different shoe designs available. They are all handmade to order from soft and durable National Nonwovens' WoolFelt. Branching out beyond baby shoes, Katie starting designing toys, ornaments and costumes. One of her most popular creations is her original infant Chipwich Costume. As her babies grew into toddlers and big kids, Katie developed felt play food designs for her kids' toy kitchen. Sweet Emma Jean offers those patterns as well as the felt needed to make them, so that anyone can have the satisfaction of making safe and fun toys for their toddlers. Katie's Etsy shop is now one of the largest suppliers of National Nonwovens' WoolFelt, offering their full line of 20%, 35% and 100% WoolFelt colors.
Play campfires with toasted marshmallows, picnic basket lunches, and animal crackers in a circus wagon cookie jar are just an example of the unique line of felt sewing patterns from Jessica Peck. Many projects are available in her book, Felt Toys for Little Ones, published by C&T Publishing. No batteries required with these projects because the toys are MADE to play! There are 75 patterns to spark creative play from a charming tea party and delicious ice cream shop to an adventuresome teepee. The fun-worthy projects in this book will ignite imagination and provide hours of open ended play. Perfect portable take-along projects!
Tammy has been quilting since 1991, teaching in quilt shops and online along with designing and self-publishing her own quilt patterns. Although she enjoys working with almost any fabric, her favorites (the ones that make her drool, and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another one of her guilty-quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece. Tammy’s designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines and she also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines. National Nonwovens’ felt, including WoolFelt and bamboo-rayon XoticFelt is often in her fun designs, including this one shown here.
Linda loves to stitch! She passes this love along through her Thistledown and Company business where she designs quilt patterns and other small sewing projects to inspire. Recently she also developed a super-useful product called Whisperlite tracer/foundation. Some of her quilt patterns and projects are playful and whimsical, while others are more serious and sophisticated. Browse Linda’s website and you'll find quilt patterns of all types, including cute interactive paper doll quilt patterns, patterns for pieced quilts, string pieced quilt patterns, applique quilt patterns, wool stitching projects, bag patterns, a fun hot pad pattern. Of course, many of the patterns include National Nonwovens’ felt, including the one shown here made using her new Whisperlite product.
Cynthia is a Rhode Island based designer and textile artist. She has an “obsession” with fabric that began early and is now a path that she continues to travel, teaching others on her journey. Her work with Dosa, Martha Stewart Living and the PBS program “Cultivating Life” have been featured in both magazines and on television. The goal of her threadfollower company is to foster stitching and handcrafting because “making” makes people happy. She also believes that we all want to create products to feel good about (inside and out) by using local resources, recycled materials, and by making thoughtful choices in the design, development, and production of products. Threadfollower kits are perfect projects for first-time sewers and experienced sewers alike, young and old. The animal kits bring big smiles to little faces and are a wonderful project for adults and children to make together.
Abby Glassenberg is a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer and teacher. In 2005 she started her popular While She Naps blog to record her work in the studio making dolls and toys. As my designs became more professional and grew in popularity, she turned my passion for designing and sewing stuffed animals into a thriving business. Today, she writes craft books, license her designs to national companies, sell my sewing patterns and ebooks, has a podcast, and teaches sewing and business practices. Her second book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, is about soft toy design and was named a Best Book of 2013 by Amazon. Abby is also the co-founder of Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals serving makers, designers, suppliers, and pro bloggers. Shown here is Harper the Owl, which is made using WoolFelt and is available as a pattern or kit.
Sue’s goal is to make you giggle with her whimsical Whistlepig Creek Productions patterns. Her signature animals have become so popular that some of her contagious characters are now on fabric designs. You’ll still find her famous critters on a fun, heartwarming collection of patterns from bunnies and bears to kitties and puppies. Whistlepig has produced many wonderful pattern made from WoolFelt and XoticFelt throughout the years. One of our favorite patterns is the Potted Penguin Pincushions shown here. With this fun pattern you can dreate three different pincushions that measure 7" high. It's Great for holiday season decorations. Sue also created a FREE PATTERN for us called the On The Go Travel Journal Cover. View and download this wonderful project.
Kathy has a rich history in sewing including tailoring and dressmaking. Today, her passion is creating products from National Nonwovens’ wool-rayon blend fabrics. “I love the wool-felt rayon blending,” says Kathy. “The result of this process is a fabric with vibrant colors and a beautiful ‘hand’ because it doesn’t ravel, is not too flimsy or too stiff, and lends very well to creation. I find few limits on what can be done from heirloom quality crafts, home décor, even quilting and clothing crossovers. It’s a blank a blank canvas of creativity!” Kathy tries to share and expand on these easy-to-use qualities inherent in WoolFelt by designing fast and easy, pre-cut kits with simple hand-sewing assemblies. The result is a streamlined process with shorter timelines to the finished products. She currently offers: penny rug style candle and table mats, garlands, ornaments, 3-D home decorations, holiday decorations, and uniquely repurposed containers that would otherwise be discarded.
View and Print Designer Qualification and Enrollment Form
Do you have a pattern company or design business with projects made from National Nonwovens’ products? If the answer is yes, then you may already qualify to be in our Pattern Partner & Designer Program. There are many benefits to being in the program. Designers are eligible to:
- Receive complementary samples (limits apply)
- Have your company listed in future hand-outs, newsletter, and on our website
- Display models in National Nonwovens’ booth at industry tradeshows
- Receive updates on new colors and styles.
Qualification Requirements & Enrollment Information - View/Print Form
- Wholesale - Contact our Customer Service department at 800-333-3469 (413-527-3445) extensions 643 and 645. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Retail (smaller quantities) -Call our friendly customer service representatives and they will be happy to direct you the closest location. You can also purchase online at Commonwealth Felt Online.