Wool Felt: What is it and how is it made?

Wool Felt is a non-woven fabric created through pressing, matting and condensing wool fibres. Felt can be very soft, or very rough, and can come in any size, and can any shape.

Wool is made into felt by a process of wet felting, where moisture (usually water) lubricant (commonly a type of soap) and friction (your hands, if you choose to felt manually!) creates the right conditions for the wool fibres to entangle, and create a sheet of felt.

Commercial wet felting also usually iuses soapy water, rolling the wool toward the friction source, and away again. The process is continual, so even though only 5% of the fibres are active, different ”sets” become activated and deactivated, creating a matted fibre.

Impure wool felt contains a minimum of 30% wool, otherwise the fibres struggle to create a stable cloth. Purely artificially felts are not wet felted at all, they are actually needle felted!

Needle felting is a process used to make felt. It is used to create artificially felts and below 30% minimum wool felt. Small hand-felting needles can be purchased from Handmade Presents, however industially, a amchine with many small needles is used. These needles may be refered to as barbed, however, technically, the needle is adorned with notches that take fibres from the top of the material, and tangle them with the one within.

Felt is used everywhere, from handmade gifts, to the automotive industry. Piano hammers are made of felt around a wooden core, it is also used in drum kits, to protect the cymbal from cracking, and helping to produce a clean sound. Felt is found under accordion keys to control noise and touch, and many other uses.

Visit our main website, where you can puirchase wool felt, natural wool of all shapes and sizes, from fleeces, to rovings to yarn.

 

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What our customers made from our products

Handmade Presents - Wool Horses

Handmade Presents – Wool Horses

We love to see what you turn our materials into, hence we decided to dedicate a page to YOUR creativity! This might inspire others to be equally creative with our wool felt, wool fleece or knitting yarn. Please feel free to send pictures and a short text of what you have made from HandmadePresents products to: lana@handmadepresents.co.uk, we look forward to receiving them.

My personal favourite for some time was to create wool pictures, collect willow from the fields and fashion them into a frame, use an old woolen blanket from the charitiy shop, cut it up as backing for the pictures, sew it onto the willow frame and then needle felt wool fleece on top of the blanket. Below are a few examples of the pictures that were created that way:

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The Benefits of Wool – How Wearing Wool Could Help Your Health – Part Two

 Last time we looked into the health benefits of wool, but we still have not finished! This time, there are more points to come, to prove why wool is great for you!

 Wool is Renewable

Every year, sheep grow a new coat, and the old one is shorn off. This makes wool renewable. In the wild, sheep lose their wool every year, but domestication has caused them to retain their fleece so that we can shave it off! This is then used to make woolen clothing, wool yarn, or just sold as a complete fleece.

 Wool is UV Resistant

To a degree, all fabrics have some resistance to Ulta Violet (UV) rays. However, wool has a high resistance, much higher than synthetic fibres such as polyester, in fact, its resistance is a lot higher than natural fibres such as cotton!

 Wool is Elastic and Durable

A single wool fibre can be bent 20,000 times, and it still returns to its original shape! This leaves woollen clothing looking good for longer – and simply raise the health- and practicality benefits of wool!

 Wool is Breathable

Despite locking a layer of air in, and forming an insulation pocket , wool is actually breathable! It removes sweat and moisture vapour, but the wool fibres do not become saturated, hence its mildew resistance!

 Wool is Multi-Climatic

Wool is an active fibre. It reacts to changes in the body, and adjusts to outer climates, and so provides the perfect zone for outdoor wear, or a good night’s sleep!

 Wool is easy to Care For

As we established before, it is resistant to mildew, and holds its shape easily, therefore not requiring tedious amounts of work spent ironing or battering into shape, it is also easy to care for in the respect that it’s fibres are static resistant, meaning it picks up less dust, and the fibres have a naturally protective layer that avoids stain absorption!

 Now, as you near the end of this article, I am sure it is safe for me to say that wool has so many benefits, more than 10 in fact, both to your health, relaxation, comfort and mental state! Therefore I can conclude, that wool is safe, warm, durable and easy to care for.

To help you harness the maximum benefits that wool has to offer, check out Handmade Presents’ rich supply of wool and natural fibres!   

 

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