Wool fabrics by the metre
Who doesn't dream of a cosy soft blanket or a noble coat made of warming wool? For centuries, this natural product has been highly praised for its properties and appearance in a wide variety of designs.
That's why we have a large selection of woollen cloths, coat wool and boiled wool in a wide range of colours and weights. If you can't find what you are looking for, please contact us and we will do our best to find the perfect product for you!
Origin of the wool fibres
The animal fibres are obtained during sheep shearing. To do this, the sheep are sheared with shearing machines, leaving a wool coat (wool fleece) that is as completely coherent as possible. The wool is then sorted and assigned to specific quality zones.
Afterwards, wool grease (lanolin), dirt and burrs are removed during a gentle washing process. If necessary, vegetable impurities can be removed by carbonisation.
In the last step, the wool fibres are spun into yarns. Either smooth, fine yarns are produced by the worsted spinning process or coarser, more voluminous yarns by the carded spinning process.
The yarns are then used to weave, knit or mangle a wide variety of woollen fabrics.
In addition to pure wool fabrics, the yarns are sometimes enriched with synthetic fibres to achieve improved properties in terms of care, abrasion resistance and felting susceptibility. The good properties of wool continue to dominate as long as the wool content is at least 50%.
Wool fabrics have different insulating properties depending on the weight and crimp of the yarns. Finer, smoother worsted yarns have fewer air pockets and offer less thermal insulation (Cool Wool). The voluminous carded yarns, on the other hand, insulate and warm very well due to many air inclusions; these are, for example, fabrics such as velour or loden.
As a rule, wool fabrics (depending on their fineness) are particularly soft and therefore very pleasant to wear on the skin. Incidentally, the softest wool is obtained from merino sheep.
Wool can absorb up to 30% of its own weight in vapour-like moisture without the fabric feeling damp (hygroscopic). Bodily fluids such as sweat are chemically bound and thus neutralised. Due to the constant absorption of moisture, the fabric hardly becomes charged. Water in droplets is only slowly absorbed by the wool (hydrophobic).
Inspiration for your next sewing project in wool
- garments such as trousers, skirts, dresses, jackets, coats, waistcoats or jumpers
- Accessories like scarves, shawls, hats or gloves
- Warm underwear
- Curtains or drapes
Wool has very good self-cleaning properties, so before you wash your coat by hand, try hanging it out in the fresh air for a few hours. The unpleasant odours will disappear all by themselves!
If a wash is necessary, we recommend a cold hand wash with special wool detergent.
Pure woollen fabrics must not be dried in a tumble dryer. The stretchiness of the wool fibres increases even more when wet, so the fabric should be dried lying down to protect it from deformation.
Ironing should not be hot (1 point ironing) and is best done with steam or a damp cloth. Dry cleaning is possible with perchloroethylene. The fabric should not be bleached.
In individual cases, however, it is always important to observe the care labels of the respective garments or fabrics, as finishing, different processing methods or mixed yarns can lead to different care requirements.