What Is Felted Woven Wool?
First, let's explain the differences between felted wool and wool felt. Felted wool is a woven wool fabric that's been washed and agitated in hot water and dried with heat. This process condenses and compacts (felts) the fibers and results in a lovely soft, fluffy fabric that won't fray. Projects made with felted woven wool can be laundered without the worry of shrinkage or fraying. By comparison, "Wool Felt" is made up of individual wool fibers that have been wet, heated, and tightly compressed together, as opposed to being woven together. Wool felt cannot be laundered as successfully as felted woven wool.
To Felt or Not to Felt - It's Your Choice
Felted woven wool looks soft and fluffy and very inviting off the bolt! Some shop owners will felt the wool for you when the fabric first comes in, so that it's pre-shrunk and ready for your appliqué project. If you purchase your wool unfelted, your first decision will be whether to use it as it is, or to felt it yourself.
How to Felt Woven Wool
Felted woven wool looks soft and fluffy and very inviting off the bolt! Some shop owners will felt the wool when the fabric first comes in, so that it's pre-shrunk and ready for customers' appliqué projects.
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