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What is boiled wool?

Lin_Dong_Hui | Posted in The Archives on

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I am a technician from a worsted mill in China. My customer once asked if we produce fabrics made from boiled wool. What an embarassment that I really do not know anything about this thing. So I would appreciate a lot if somebody tells me how I can produce boiled wool and what new function this material will bring us.

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  1. Bill_Stewart | | #1

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    Basically boiled wool is just that - a woven woolen fabric that has been boiled or otherwise soaked in water to shrink it up. It becomes like a tight knit with a thick,spongy body. It is always done with wovens, unlike felting. Most really good fabric books can give you a better detailed description. It is normally made up in simple jackets with few details - original Chanel style- with the edges bound in fold-over braid. Normally no facings are used. The fabric and style originated in the Alpine regions in Europe - Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Can you write to a fabric house in the US or Europe for swatches? That would give you a better idea. For industrial purposes you would need to talk to another technician experienced with its prodluction. on the web, you might go to the contact Threads section and ask them about articles on boiled wool. they have published several on it. Maybe they can send you a reprint or fax copy. Hope this helps. Bill USA

    1. Bill_Stewart | | #2

      *I did some checking and found an article for you in Threads. It is issue 13, page 62 - Boiled Wool by Mary Smith. I can't access it online. See if you can. If all else fails go to the past issues section and see if you can order that issue. Bill

      1. Lin_Dong_Hui | | #3

        *Thank you a lot, Bill. It's great to get your net-help. As you know, we are fabric producer, and what I am anxious to know is how I can make, especially how to finish the boiled-style. But anyway thank you a lot, and if you have this kind of information, please E-mail me at [email protected] or fax me +86-510-3707890.

        1. Lucia_Liljegren | | #4

          *Hello,I believe Geiger makes jackets and the call the fabric "boiled wool". Their jackets appear to be knitted. The fabric is then treated by washing in very hot water and agitating.You could obtain a Geiger catalog and see their jackets.Lucia

          1. cguarducci | | #5

            *Hi there. I was asking the same question last week. I picked up a Vogue pattern #7183 which is a "Today's Fit" pattern by Sandra Betzina. She recommended boiled wool on the pattern envelope and I didn't know exactly what it was and couldn't find it in our local small fabric store. BUT, inside the pattern, she tells how to make your own boiled wool! I haven't tried it, but I am going to and you might want to take a look at the instructions as well. They are printed on the bottom right of the layout section on page 1. Good luck!Catherine

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