I just love real wool but can no longer tolerate it against my skin (unless it is high quality Merino wool — but I’ve only ever had one item like that). I also happen to have inherited some fine old wool blankets which are either too small for modern beds or were improperly cleaned and, therefore, misshapen. Not to mention negligible moth damage in a few spots. I’ve been reading about felting wool fabric and have done this with three of the four blankets by putting them through my washing machine and dryer on hot. The result: felted wool yardage that is exciting to me — I envision making a wrap front sort of A-line jacket, tied around the waist, out of one or more of them.
The blanket I’m felting at the moment is a very lightweight wool blanket but twice as long as usual — they used to make them this way in Canada, my mother-in-law told me. She grew up on a farm in Manitoba. I guess they were folded double then. Anyway, it is a sort of buffalo plaid with 4-5″ squares of color in a lovely light aqua and a creamy natural sheep color. I think this would make a luxurious full length wrap front bathroom but I would have to line it with something to keep the wool away from my skin. (With the jackets, that wouldn’t be a problem, of course.)
Anybody out there had any experience working with something like this? Any suggestions for a lining material? I’m thinking it would have to be the top layer on the collar, too, to protect the back of the neck.
I should think that once the garment were made that it could be laundered at home using cold water and a very low heat setting on the dryer. What do you think? I would welcome any advice on this project.
I live in Central Wisconsin so I don’t have to worry about being too warm. 🙂
Lady Willoughby (Sandy)