We all know that wool is warm, but were you aware of how HOT wool is right now?
I see wool projects popping up in the quilt shops, in quilt magazines and even regular crafts and home magazines.
I have to admit that I am on a bit of a wool kick right now. If you try to work with wool you will see why it is so “HOT!” right now.
It is so easy to work with.
- It doesn’t fray so you don’t have to turn under the edges or even finish the edges.
- It is easy to find in thrift stores or your own home
- You can use the tiniest scraps
- The colors and textures are wonderful
- It lends itself well to “primitive” work. This means it is supposed to look like a 3-year-old did it, so your first efforts are golden.
Tips for working with wool:
Be aware there are many different “wools” and wool blends.
A piece of fabric may be 100% wool or it may only be 20% wool. Some are called wool or woolfelt. Usually woolfelt has Rayon as the other ingredient. As long as the edges don’t fray you have to decide if you like the “look” of the different wools.
The important thing to remember is that you want you wool “felted”. This has nothing to do with what it is made of.
To felt your wool
1. Wash in Hot water with a little detergent and use a Cold water rinse.
- Be sure to wash dark colors separately from light colors as they are likely to run.
- Throw in an old pair of Jeans as this adds to the agitation action which felts the wool.
2. Dry in a Hot dryer until almost dry.
3. Steam press if necessary.
4. Check to be sure the wool is “felted”. It should have shrunk up and not fray at all on the edges.
5. If it is good, go ahead and use it in your project.
6. Some people recommend dry cleaning only. I haven’t been working with it long enough to give any recommendations, but I would try a cool hand wash with my own projects.
So go out and buy some wool and try to make some neat little gift or project or you can try to make this cool little pincushion here or how about a wool Christmas ornament?
This was made from an old sweater.