This link is from an Internet search, not someone I've worked with, but the price looks good. They're in the US: http://www.zafudesigns.com/pages/kapok_ … DAodtlirdw
You might try your post in the Tips & Techniques section rather than here, though. More members might see it there.
The post is in the right place now. I found it in "Technical Help" this morning. (Not sure why.)
If you do try the Colorado kapok source, or if you find another source that you like, could you please let me know? I might like to try an alternative to polyfill.
Hi Becky: Sure if I find somewhere I would be happy to let you know. I can tell you that currently I used ginned cotton and never polyfil and I LOVE it. My bears are very old in feel and it lends well to that. It is a bit heavier and firmer than your polyfil so you might like to try that for a change of pace. It can be found at Gerry's.
Thank you, Michele, for the tip on cotton stuffing. I'll check out Gerry's.
Like you, I want my bears to feel old. I recently tried wool stuffing in a bear's head, and I love the weight and firmness. It also takes to shaping and needle sculpting much better than the polyfill. It is pretty costly, however. (The search goes on!)
I LOVE wool for stuffing.... if you get the right wool.... some is just too bouncy. I've been wanting to try cotton and will look for a US supplier at some point... it sounds like a wonderful alternative! I did NOT like kapok! End result is nice but it's miserable to work... in my opinion!
The wool and cotton I get at Gail Wilson's site is the best I've worked with http://www.gailwilsondesigns.com/catalog/supplies.html. The wool is also the least expensive and highest quality I've worked with. A little goes a long way. Even though I don't make dolls I love looking around at her site.
Thank you so much everyone. It has been a while since I checked back into this thread but I was thrilled this morning to spend my sunrise surfing through Gail's site! What fun. I use to be a doll maker and still love my primitives and might just have to take one of her on line classes for old times sake... cause I have soooo much spare time.... not! Anyway it really was a great morning and seeing as how I am very fond of my cotton stuffing I am planning to try some of Gail's and some of her wool also. I will let you all know how it goes. I currently get my cotton stuffing from Gerry's so we'll see how they compare.
Have a creative day!
I don't care for kapok. Too much lint!
I use excelsior to stuff my heads firmly, it takes needle scuplting well, holds its shape, and it is much easier to push a needle through.
You can order it through uline, they also have a great selection of shipping supplies.
Here's the link to the excelsior:
http://www.uline.com/BL_1972/Excelsior- … =excelsior