Hi everyone! I have a guest for today and her name is Paula. I never knew the difference between the two until now. haha. Paula Harris is a crafting guru. She loves talking about materials and projects that are beautiful, useful, and unique.
Take it away Paula.
You probably only know wool as that itchy material that you hate wearing, but that your grandmother always gave to you as a Christmas gift. But, believe it or not, there are many different types of wool out there. For instance, there’s felted wool and wood felt. They sound the same, but they’re actually very different material.
You’ve probably seen this before – it’s felt material that can be purchased at just about any fabrics store. Basically, you take the raw wool and clean it to make wool roving. From there, the wool is compressed using lots of moisture and heat. But, it’s not just wool that’s being compressed. Rayon is added to the mix to create a blended material that’s soft, but more affordable.
Pure wool tends to be pretty stiff and rough. On the other hand, felt is soft and can be used to make a lot of different products. A blend is typically 65 percent rayon and 35 percent wool. This type of material can be dyed pretty much any color.
It’s also preshrunk most of the time. If it’s not, wash and dry it. It will shrink and become soft and puffy. This is good for a variety of uses, especially if you’re trying to make blankets.
Felted or Boiled Wool
Boiled wool is 100 percent wool that’s been processed using water and agitation, shrinking, and compression. The result is a material that’s both breathable and yet also soft and waterproof. The compression process “locks” the fibers into a felt-like mass. But, this isn’t felt.
Usually, the end-products are commercial in nature, with some consumer products making their way into retail stores. Because it’s 100 percent wool, it’s expensive. But, usually, it’s worth the cost. Why? Because 100 percent wool resists odor-causing bacteria, stains, and sweat.
So, if you’re wearing clothing made from this material, you don’t have to wash it as often as you would cotton. In fact, many people who wear wool clothing can go days, or even weeks, without having to wash their clothes.
Things Made Of Wool
Wool can be fashioned into just about any type of clothing, but it can also be used to make things like Christmas tree ornaments. Wool ornaments are durable, resistant to staining from sap, and long-lasting. They’re also expensive, but that’s the trade-off. You pay a lot, and you get a lot.
Wool clothing, like scarves, vests, coats, and shirts, are also expensive, but again they do not need to be washed nearly as often as their cotton counterparts.
This has the effect of saving you money on laundry detergent, since you don’t have to wash each item every week. It may sound odd, but wool socks, shirts, and even underwear can go multiple days without washing – they just don’t get “dirty” like cotton or other fabrics. Part of the secret is in the natural fatty acids that make up the outer layer of wool fibers.
These fatty acids are naturally antibacterial. Wool is also stain resistant, water repelling, wicking, and long-lasting. While cotton fibers break after 3,000 bends, wool can be bent 20,000 times before breaking. This means whatever you purchase should last you a good, long, time.
Thank you Paula and thank you so much friends for visiting us today. Talk to you soon!