Saturday, October 27, 2012

Repurposed Wool Series Part 4: Is It 100% Wool ?



If you missed the first 3 parts of this Series, you can read them here...

We will now take a look at
How to tell if it is 100% Wool.
I use this 1 simple method to tell if my fabric is 100% Wool...















I will often need to know if my Repurposed Wool Fabric is ALL Wool. 
I always want to use 100% Wool Fabric for my Rug Hooking
 so that it wears evenly and has longevity.
There are also other applications where
I want to be sure I am working with 100% wool.
So what is my 1 simple method ??
BLEACH



Place a small swatch in 100% Bleach.  Bleach "eats" Wool.
Allow to sit in bleach overnight.  By morning the swatch will be gone if it is 100% Wool.  There might possibly be a clear "skeleton" remaining.  If there are fibers in the dish - they are not wool.  So simple !

There is one other method, although I don't use this one.
Wool will NOT burn, but rather smolders.  Place a lit match to the edge of the wool fabric, it will become sooty and blackened if it is 100% Wool.  If it is any part synthetic, it will form tiny hardened balls.
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For remaining Series on Repurposed Wool...
 



6 comments:

  1. Hello, I stumbled upon your blog through SewManyWays. Thanks for the step by step on finding and fulling wool. I have tons of ideas for fulled wool but am a weeny when it comes to just diving right in. I haunt the local thrift stores already so this in just one more reason to stop by. Thanks again.

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  2. Hi Bellis...
    Go for it...Take the plunge and dive into repurposed wool.
    You will learn a lot and have fun doing it !
    Glad you stopped by !
    Rose

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  3. Good morning,
    I'm so inspired by your blog! Being new to the whole wool fabric thing (I've been a cotton quilter), how do you store your wool? If you are buying off the bolt do you cut it into manageable segments? If so, what size?
    Thanks so much :)

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  4. Hi Trudi...
    Delighted you are enjoying the blog !
    I store my woolens folded and stacked on shelves.
    I keep everything in view. I find it helps me to be creative when I can see all the colors and textures.

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  5. Great post. I am always on the lookout for wool. Others must be too because its getting harder all the time! I learned a lot. Thanks!

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  6. I cannot thank you enough for posting and teaching us about wool fabric, how to tell and where to look for it. I was really at a loss until I found your store and blog repurposed wool. Wow I learned so much! Hugs and thanks! Tanya

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So glad to have you here visiting...
would love to hear your thoughts !
Rose