wool tops

Natural Wool Tops

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2 Responses to wool tops

  1. Phyllis says:

    Hi, I have been trying to find where to post a question re storage of wool [ I have mostly Alpaca]. A friend iformedme that there is a shelf life for wool, after which it loses its felting properties. Is this true? How is it best to store wool? I have mine in airtight plastic containers, with camphor blocks tucked into the wool. I have also found that the alpaca is very ‘hairy’, shedding hairs even after felting and fulling. Am I not felting and fulling sufficiently? Phyllis

    • zedster66 says:

      Hi Phyllis 🙂
      I don’t think wool can lose its felting properties, but wool, especially tops, which have been stored for a long time will get a bit dry and often compressed, so they’re hard to separate the usual way, but if you kind of pull thin strips off from down the sides it’s easier. I often put mine through the drum carder to loosen them up. I personally wouldn’t recommend airtight cpntainers, plastic tubs with lids are fine. You want to keep them dry, safe from bugs (carper beetles and moth larvae) and somewhere they won’t get sweaty. Yep, alpaca is hairy, and does shed hair even after being felted and fulled, more or less depending how hard/soft and what you made. I had some alpaca tops which made the weirdest hairy felt, it was creepy! If you want more specific info, join our forum: there might be someone there who lives where yo do, who can advise more for your climate/conditions.

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