The wool comes from fiber harvested from various mammals. It is important to have an understanding of wool to inform your choices when it comes to wool and woolen care.
What is Wool?
Types of Wools
Virgin: Typically soft, this wool comes from sheep’s first shearing when they are lambs.
Merino: Comes from Merino sheep. This wool is known to be quite soft, warm, and breathable.
Shetland: Comes from Shetland sheep. This wool tends to be on the itchier side.
Angora: Comes from Angora rabbits. This wool is extremely delicate and super soft.
Cashmere: Comes from Cashmere goats. Well-known, luxurious wool. Very soft and fine.
Alpaca: Comes from Alpacas (cousin to llamas). This wool is similar in drape and feels to cashmere.
Mohair: Comes from goats. Mohair is a fine fiber and is popularly used for suits and clothing. It is soft and warm.
- Breathable: Wool fibers breathe which helps to maintain a comfortable temperature, in either warm or cold weather.
- Dry: Wool can absorb up to 40% of its weight in moisture before it feels damp
- Warm: Even when wet, wool continues to keep us warm
- Low Maintenance: Thanks to the fats in the wool it needs much less washing than other fibers
- Odorless: Wool naturally removes its odors
Wash and dry your wool by hand and with care and you should have a piece that fits you for a long time to come!
Woolen Care: Washing Wool
- Wool clothing/material
- Running water
- Wool safe wash soap
- Fill the sink with cool water
- Add wool-safe wash soap as directed
- Let wool soak for approximately five minutes
- Gently swish, rub, and wring your woolens under running water until the water runs clear
- Lay flat to dry for 12+ hours, taking care to dry the wool in its original shape (hanging is not recommended)
Using hot water or agressive agitation can cause wool to shrink (called felting)
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