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Boiled Wool

Darcy | Posted in Fabric and Trim on

Does anyone know where I can get a hold of boiled wool. Or do I have to make it. If so, how do I make it? Darcy


  1. lin_hendrix | | #1

    Hi Darcy,

    Silk Road in Austin has some nice boiled wools in several colors with matching trim. Their web site:



    1. Dorene | | #2

      *You can find boiled wool at Karen's Kreations, (Karen Rudman) 6542 125th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone (452) 643-9809. (You may have to dial *82 before her number as it may be a secured number). She has beautiful boiled wool in many colors with matching or contrasting trim. She is very good to work with and ships promptly. Sometimes she is at fabric shows, also. Look for her. Good luck!

      1. Victoria_Miesle | | #3

        *As an alternative, you may purchase wool jersey and wash it several times in the washing machine with warm water and dry it. The result you get is a very dense wool. For specific instructions on further creations with this technique read Threads issue #80, article titled "Wool Jersey Cutwork". I've made a couple of things with this technique after reading this article and these garments have become my favorites.

        1. Bill_Stewart | | #4

          *Darcy, also try "G" Street fabrics, baltimore MD get 800 # from operator. Also the current online Vogue magazine in articles has one on boiled wool - at the end is a detailed description for making it if you have to do so.

          1. Darcy | | #5

            *Hey, you know what, I learned how to make my own. I haven't tried it yet. Put wool or at least 65% wool blend in the washer on hot and agitate, agitate, agitate. Then dry in the washer or by air. I can't wait to try it. Oh, yeah, plan on buying twice as much wool as you will need for the garment. You can also knit your own fabric.

          2. Carol_Stoner | | #6

            *I washed 100% wool jersey in my home washer and dried it in my home dryer. It came out beautifully but my washer stopped working. The repairman said wool lint had clogged the pump. He cleaned it out and charged me $50. He suggested that for felting wool jersey I use a laundromat, as commercial washers have filters in them and can handle the huge amounts of lint created. Home washers don't have filters. I have Maytag equipment, fairly new.

          3. Janice_Bowden | | #7

            *I just finished boiling three batches of wool. It was woven, not knitted, so technically I guess it's felled wool. So far, no trouble with my machine, but I stopped it after each spin cycle and took the fabric out and shook out all the fuzz, so maybe that helped. I washed each twice in hot water and dried on hot for 70 minutes. One piece shrank almost a yard out of 4 3/4, one shrank 12" out of 4 yards. I think the difference was that the one that shrank less had thicker yarn. That one will still ravel. The other two pieces I'm making wrap coats out of and just pinking the edges.

          4. Angela_Regan | | #8

            *I have a Passap 6000 knitting machine and loads of shetland, lambswool and merino.I would love to know how to knit the yardage to make Boiled Wool.Is it done on the single bed or double, and at what sort of tension

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