Wool Q & A with Phyllis Meiring
- What does COLORFAST mean in regards to your wool? I degreed in Communication Studies and in one of my classes, the professor said something eternally profound. She said, “meanings are not in words but in people.” which I believe is true. As a result, it is the main reason why I feel it is so important to say what you mean and explain what you mean. When I say my wools are COLORFAST, I mean that under my recommended care, the colors will not run out of your project. No one can say definitively that any fabric/dye is colorfast under any conditions as there are products/chemicals that can pull all, if not some, of the color out – just ask any hair color expert or chemical scientist.
- How do you recommend the care for your wools? There is no real need to wash my wools before you use them because they are already felted in a process that washes them 3 times. However, if after making your project you need to wash them, First, try either by hand then, machine on a gentle cycle in cool water. NO BLEACH or harsh detergents, only gentle detergents. After, you can dry them in a medium heat dryer. If you’ve stitched something by hand, you by hand may be the best way to wash.
- Cottons have a standard width of 44/45″; do Wools have a industry standard width? I wish. No they don’t and I have been playing with wools for over 42 years. I took a Tailoring class at Greenon High School my senior year. We were supposed to choose a difficult project and make it out of wool. I choose to make a Pendleton wool trench coat in demin blue with a flannel back lining. It was awesome! The width of fabric was 60″. In the time since, I’ve seen wools range from 48″ wide to 72″ wide.
- What size is a fat quarter of wool? Well, if you sew with quilting cottons you know that a fat quarter of cotton is 18 x 22. But since wools vary in width there is no industry standard for a fat quarter – which is why I make up on my own terms for our fabric sizes. For example, a Corder is 9″ x 50″, a Chubby is 16″ square, Charms are 5″ square, our Chunks are 9 x 10″ and our Curlers are 4 x 16″. That is the size you receive not the size I start with.