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Thread: Wool Batting

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    Senior Member carol45's Avatar
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    Wool Batting

    I just made my first quilt with wool batting, using Hobbs wool batting. I use Elmers school glue to baste, and I had some pieces of fabric glued to batting that I cut away when I trimmed the quilt. I soaked them in water to remove the glue, and the batting smelled like a barnyard when it was wet. When it dried, it didn't smell any more. Then when the quilt was finished, I laundered it and, again, when it was wet it smelled; not as bad as the unwashed wool, but very noticeable--by husband noticed the smell when the quilt was lying on a bed, drying. Have other people had this experience as well? It doesn't smell now that it's dry, so I guess it's not a problem, and it is from an animal, so the smell makes sense, but I've never smelled anything like that when I've washed wool sweaters.

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    Never have tried the Hobbs wool batting that is washable. I have a very old Hobbs wool batting that I have never used because I thought it wasn't washable.
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    The new Hobbs batting says you can wash it in delicate cycle in cold water. I don't know about the older stuff, but you can call them and ask; they're very helpful.

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    My favorite bed quilt has Hobbs wool batting. I use this quilt every night and sometimes even sleep under just it, no sheet, all night. It is washed a lot. On regular cycle, with cold water detergent, spin dry; in the dryer until nearly dry.
    This quilt has not shrunk, does not smell, has not come apart, is soft and warm and absolutely "MY BLANKY"!

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    I have just about the same quilt as Jan in VA! I wash mine in warm water through and dry it in the dryer - I would say I have done this about 12 times in 4 years and it never stinks. I love wool batting for many reasons and have used it frequently and it has never had an odor.
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    Did you try JUST some wool scraps? I had some fabric once that was stinky...and it RAN..Guess where the rest of THAT fabric ended up!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by soccertxi View Post
    Did you try JUST some wool scraps? I had some fabric once that was stinky...and it RAN..Guess where the rest of THAT fabric ended up!?
    It was the wool scraps. But I think that after a few washings it will not smell any more. I was just wondering if others had had that experience.

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