Boiled Wool

Description : Boiled wool has durability, comfort and a wonderful softness - it is without the scratchiness often associated with many wools. It is especially warm and holds its shape over time. It is also water resitant and has stretch.
Fabrication : Boiled wool is machine knitted using a special pattern and then shrunk through exposure to heat and water, until it takes on a felted texture.
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Dyes, color treatment and washing characteristics : Usually boiled wool should be dry cleaned - if you must do it at home, wash it by soaking, not through agitation.
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Sewing challenges : Generally it is not necessary to introduce facings, interfacings or linings with boiled wool, except where the fabric needs to be stabilized against stretching (in the shoulders, neck and arm seams). Use fusible tape or lining fabric for this. Serging or finishing the edges is not required, because the fabric doesn't unravel. Stitch length should be slightly longer than for most fabrics. To stop buttonholes from stretching, you may need to stabilize the fabric just during this operation. Darts may be replaced by easing the seams at the dart placement.
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