After I started having an interest in needle felting, being a hoarder, I started finding the materials.
At first, it started with buying from a local online needle felt store, Nekomeow. She was my first choice since she’s in Malaysia too. (Plus, she has needle felting kits with instructions!!)
Then, there was Daiso with their needle felting kits and wool packs. I went crazy in there.. I bought the whole series of the needle felting kits and most of their wool packs. But their wool packs’ colours were limited.
At last!! I found Tao Bao!! It’s basically an online shopping mall. You can get whatever you want here plus different stores offer different prices. So I went hunting for the store that sells wool packs with a huge range of colour range at a relatively cheap price.
I did find it, plus other stuff I didn’t really needed. So searching for items is the easy part, the downside? Shipping and handling fees are quite expensive because firstly, all the items will be sent to a factory, repackaged to each buyer then shipped to the airport then to your local post office and finally your place. Plus, you need to find agents who will usually charge you with agent fees. On top of that, as with overseas shipment, your package is not calculated by weight but by the size of the box it is contained in. So it means, wool is light but takes up relatively large space.. OH NOOOO….
Anyway, in my at-the-moment passion, I decided to give it a shot. Bought a wool pack that has 36 colours at 10gm each, a needle felting kit (that didn’t come with instructions), candy socks doll and elastic thread.
Then, came the longest wait…. The wait for my precious cargo to arrive…….
And it CAME!!! Safe and sound… I was so excited! Now, to start with all the back-logged projects.
Of course, my shopping spree didn’t just stop there. I continued on finding local craft or fabric stores to add to my hoard. But I’ve become more careful and rational in buying my materials.
What about you? Have you shopped at Tao Bao before? Any good agents to recommend? And what do you usually purchase?Shalom 平安