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Thread: wool in quilting

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    Senior Member JSNOMORE's Avatar
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    Does anyone else love working with wool as much as I do. I have made several items with wool including wallhangings. I really want to make a quilt with wool applique. I think if everything is from wool it is called a bed rug as it is so heavy . I love the feel of working with wool. especially for applique. The thread just slides through it. here are some of my many wool works

    wool candle mat 12
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    wool tabletopper for Christmas 36 x36
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    wool wallhanging 48 x 48
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    close up of one of the blocks
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    I love the looks of the wool works, but haven't made any yet. What do you find is your best source for the wool?
    These are beautiful...thanks for posting pics!

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    Those are really beautiful! I have just started working on my first wool item. It is a small mat for either a coffee cup or votive candle holder. I am really enjoying working on it.

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    Janet, I love your projects. I to would love to do some wool items. So colorful.

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    Love this look...the colors are so bright or maybe deep. We don't see many of those here in the South. Maybe because we don't use much wool fabric here any more. Maybe since we don't have such cold weather or that it doesn't last long when it is cold.
    I've collected some wool jackets, etc. to use for either the applique or maybe a hooked rug but haven't gotten around to it yet.

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    I get a lot of my wool at the local thrift shop. I wait until they have their 5.00 a bucket sale and then I buy 2-3 buckets. I can usually get 10-12 pairs of pants or 15 or so skirts made of 100% wool into them. Then I take them home and run them through the washer with hot water and then dry them in the dryer. After that I start disassembling them. You can get some great yardage this way. My whole family knows that when they are yardsaling they check fiber content on clothing. Word of wisdom though. unless you are getting it dirt cheap blazers are not woth the effort. you only get the back of the jcket for usable fabric as the entire front usually has interfacing fused to it.

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    beleive it or not the wallhanging was my first project. Talk about jumping in with both feet. I saw the pattern in a magazine and fell in love with it. I bought a scrap bag of wool to get me started and my background. Right after I started my DH had a heart problem and we spend many a day in the hospital. This project saved my sanity. I took it everywhere. I don't use pins to hold my appliques. I just staple the wool peices to the background and then remove the staples after it is attached. This makes it very easy to take along with you as you don't have to worry about pins falling out.Wool is very portable.

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    Oh those look great! I have not quilted with wool, but I'm a knitter so I'm well acquainted with its magic. ;) A wool bedquilt would certainly warm up a winter night, that's for sure...

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    Do you only use your felted wool in decorative pieces, or could it be used in a bed quilt that would need to be washed once and a while?

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    beautiful!

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