ALL ABOUT BOILED WOOL!
WHAT IS BOILED WOOL FABRIC?
Boiled Wool is a beautiful, natural fabric made from the sheared fleece of live sheep. Wool is considered a sustainable fabric as sheep can be shorn once or twice a year so it is renewable as well as being biodegradable and recyclable. The wool fibres are knitted into fabric, then it is “boiled” and agitated in hot water and suds to shrink the fibres into a tighter felt-like mass. This process forms a medium weight fabric with a boucle texture, a lovely soft drape and a slight stretch to it. Because of the density of the fabric, and the lanolin content of the wool fibres, boiled wool is fairly water resistant and water droplets just roll off the surface.
WHAT IS BOILED WOOL WITH VISCOSE?
This fabric has viscose added to the wool content to make a heavier yet thinner fabric than pure Boiled Wool, with lots of drape. Therefore it is perfect for sewing tops, tunics, skirts, soft wrap dresses and jumpers or cardigans
WHAT CAN I SEW WITH BOILED WOOL?
Boiled Wool makes great warm autumn/winter garments, such as dresses, skirts and tunics. It is also fabulous for making blazers, jackets and coats. You can also use it for soft furnishings. It is easy to cut and sew, and the cut edges do not fray, meaning hemming and lining Boiled Wool garments is optional. Some of the recommended patterns for Boiled Wool stocked by Dragonfly Fabrics include:
- Papercut Patterns – The Sapporo Coat
- The Avid Seamstress – The Coat Pattern
- Sewing Workshop – Tremont Jacket Sewing Pattern
HOW DO I CARE FOR BOILED WOOL?
We recommend dry cleaning. However, if you decide to wash your boiled wool, use a small amount of mild detergent then either hand wash or cool machine wash cycle. Lay flat to dry, don’t wring and press on a medium heat iron with steam from the wrong side of the fabric.
WHERE TO BUY BOILED WOOL
Dragonfly Fabrics have one of the largest selections of Boiled Wool in the UK in a very wide range of beautiful colours. Our range has three different types of Boiled Wool:
- Our Standard Boiled Wool – 100% wool
- Boiled Wool with Viscose – 60% wool, 40% viscose
- Our Premium Grade Boiled Wool – 100% wool – made from particularly soft wool that drapes really well
You can browse the selection on our website on the link below:
Is there anything else you would like to ask us about Boiled Wool? Please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We love to talk fabrics!