On Feb 24, 2013, at 5:05 PM, cat tillotson wrote:
> it doesn't felt the wool? I'm always so chicken!
It will felt the wool. That may be the point, as it won't shrink much further at that point. Some wools are already fulled where this isn't needed.
I personally don't do so for all my wools. Some wools really change its texture and thickens to the point I don't want to use it anymore. If you are not sure with your wool if you want to do heavy washing with it, you can try a sample piece, cut 4"x6" with pinking shears, and wash and dry it along with your normal laundry (warm or hot), and see how the sample piece turns out - how much does it shrink, how much does it thicken, how much does it fall apart or is unchanged. If you like how it comes out, then wash it as you will. If you don't, then you have only done the damage on a test piece, and not on the whole length of fabric.
For those I don't wash, I do steam them with my garment steamer and let cool without moving it, then move to another section. I then do a cool water wash only when I need to after the garment is made. I otherwise spot clean when necessary. Or I just don't use that wool and find a different wool for the garment.
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