IS THIS WOOL?
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I’ve got a lot to learn. I never thought to ask what kind of wool we use. I know we used some mohair tonight at a special class I went to. But other than that all I know is it’s sheep wool.
So what do I ask to find out what were using? I don’t what to sound stupid. Are these types of animals that it comes from?
Has anyone tried lint from the dryer as “scrap” for a center of say a pumpkin? Just wondering.
What is the least expensive, but good wool to work with?
Thanks for the info.
REMEMBER THAT THERE IS NO STUPID QUESTION! How can you learn if you don’t ask questions? Chances are that other people are wondering the same thing as you are, but are too chicken to say anything! LOL!! As long as the wool felts, it’s good!! You don’t want to be a wool snob…”.oh I can only felt with such and such, nothing else!!”
Any coarse wool will felt if it isn’t superwash. Wool comes from sheep only. Lots of other fibers are called wool, even though they are not. If you look at the fiber in my photo on this post, most people would say that this is wool. It is not though, as it is alpaca and that is a fiber that is not wool. Mohair comes from goats and the raw mohair is like human hair and is very hard to felt!!
I don’t know about dryer lint felting. I would think that the fibers are too short to felt together as the strands can’t go into something. Try it! That’s how you learn. EXPERIMENT! Please let me know what you find out. I don’t have a dryer!!!
Wool that is used for felting is really a personal choice. Take merino for instance. Lots of colored roving is merino. Some people swear at it and some people swear by it. It is a very fine soft wool, but it does take lots more work to felt it. Some people love the surface that it creates and only use that. I only use it as a top coat for smooth coated or hairless dogs.
I just shop around for romney which is what I like for felting the core, but that’s just MY preference. If you find some wool that is cheap, do a search “felting ability of wool” to see what the felting ability of that kind of wool is. There are lots of wool that I haven’t tried yet. Usually the cheapest wool is unwashed. I did a post on washing wool. I love the before and after of it!
All in all, the best thing is to try it to see it YOU like it! There really are no hard and fast rules for needle felting. That’s what makes needle felting such a one of a kind art.
PS- the photo is alpaca available in my Etsy shop.