I just posted a question about this same fabric, but since this is a separate question I figured I'd go the separate thread route.
I was gifted several yards of a not-cheap, coating-weight, Italian wool flannel (bright red plaid). I love it so much that I've been afraid to use it. Now, I have it in my mind to use it for a heavy winter blanket/quilt. I've always treated wools as dry-clean only, but now I'm wondering if that's really true. And, if so, should I pre-dry clean the fabric before I do anything with it? If I can launder it at home, can I use the machine? Should I pre-wash by machine or by hand? Skip pre-washing altogether? I'm doing a simple whole-cloth quilt with simple, invisible quilting. But, when it's finished, how do I care for it then?
Any advice on the care of a heavy, wool flannel would be much appreciated!