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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

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    wool wallhanging 48 x 48
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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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    I just finished my first project. I really enjoyed it.

    I've been looking for wool garments at thrift shops and plan on felting and dyeing pieces. I haven't found a source with reasonal wool yardage prices yet.

    I just ordered a scrap bag from www.woolylady.com/ to incorporate some interesting colors.

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    I love it, and your projects are absolutely gorgeous!

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    Haven't used wool,, but want to say...those are beautiful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bverste
    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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    As a child my Grandma made quilts from my Grandpa's old clothes and the used suits his brothers gave him. I'm sure she put them in the boiling water to cleanse them because she was a washing nut about clothes. Everyone then was afraid of bedbugs so boiled every piece of clothing they could to avoid them. They would be washed every year or so when summer came and they had to be put away in cedar chests.
    The quilts were tight and warm, I slept under them and sure wish I had one now for camping. Might start hunting for some wool in yard sales, with summer here folks are cleaning out winter closets.

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    I too love working with wool, but I was having a hard time finding a source to buy it. An associate at JoAnn's suggested using the craft felt-----the 8x12 squares. I was very skeptical, but willing to try. I immediately fell in love with it. I'm not sure how it would work when washed, but it is in a wall hanging and I will probably never wash it. It does a beautiful job on the candle mats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bverste
    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?
    I have been wanting to do a bed quilt. Since all of my wool is felted first I don't think washing it would be a problem. Mostly though I think I would just air it out every 6 months or so.It wouldn't really come in contact with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jodyma
    I too love working with wool, but I was having a hard time finding a source to buy it. An associate at JoAnn's suggested using the craft felt-----the 8x12 squares. I was very skeptical, but willing to try. I immediately fell in love with it. I'm not sure how it would work when washed, but it is in a wall hanging and I will probably never wash it. It does a beautiful job on the candle mats.
    I use a lot of craft felt for my candle mats. or if I just need a small amount of a certian color.

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    Your projects are gorgeous! I haven't tried it, but its sure on my bucket list. Sounds like I should start paying more attention at the thrift store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chickadeee55
    Janet, I love your projects. I to would love to do some wool items. So colorful.
    Thanks chickadee, I really like your avatar. did you felt that yourself. I just started needle felting and am sooooo hooked on it

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    Thanks for the sites. :)

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    I've never worked with wool like you have, but they are beautiful! I especially love that little cottage!

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    I use a lot of craft felt for my candle mats. or if I just need a small amount of a certian color.[/quote]

    I have used craft felt for pincushions that should have been wool and did not like the end result. They look great to start with and as time goes on, they become pilled and don't look so good. Will only use 100% wool from now on...

    diane

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    Your projects are beautiful! I have trouble finding 100% wool at my thrift store these days- I used to buy nice sweaters for my daughter that she used for projects. So I think you are lucky if you can find it lately.

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    Beautiful workmanship and lovely pieces. You have a lot of patience, but great take along projects too.
    Take care.
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