Monday, November 14, 2011
We’re celebrating our fourth year as the only retail store that caters specifically to feltmakers. Although roving is now available online and at a number of yarn stores, few can offer in-depth knowledge about wool characteristics and feltmaking techniques. The staff at NEFS is trained to explain details about the feltmaking process and to help customers choose the exact wool or blend for their project.
The entire store occupies the center of a 1920′s vaudeville theater in Easthampton, MA where hundreds of colorful wools are stacked from the floor to the balcony. Many fibers are sold “general store style” where you can choose whatever amount you like from barrels and bins. Other items are pre-packaged.
NEFS opened in May of 2007 when feltmaker Christine White of Massachusetts decided to divide her 7-year-old feltmaking studio business, Magpie Designs, into a separate retail store and a private art studio. White is the author of the best-selling Uniquely Felt, called “the feltmaking bible” by the Library Journal. The store has been modeled on the same principles found in the book which is to say, lots of information and plenty of examples.