Thursday, December 27, 2012
Wool Quilting Batts
Sometime back I dyed a beautiful wool/silk blend with Indigo. It was great fun and the colors came out lovely. I was going to card it myself but decided to send it to a mill .... the name I will not mention here.
The carded fiber came back and into a bin it went....several months later I discovered the fiber had been shredded, a horrible carding job, the only way to recover some of the fiber was to comb it and see what I could save. In the bin it went again, with a firm thought of 'Never again will I use the mill'. I tried to spin it several times, the resulting yarn was lumpy and horrible. I was going to throw it away when a friend said she had heard that Zellinger Wool Co. would card wool to make quilting batts!
A quilting batt made out of wool/silk blend?! Now that would be warm. Since I had nothing to lose at that point and maybe lots to gain, I called, made arrangements and off I sent 5 lbs. I ordered 2 lap size blanket quilting batts. I had no idea what to expect because I could not find pictures of anything similar anywhere.
The batts came back a couple of weeks ago, I am beyond delighted to see the results!
Thick wool batts enclosed in cheese cloth, nice seams , and nicely tied to keep the wool in place!
Here they are, a couple of pictures to give you a good idea of what they look like. The pictures are a bit dark...but so is the world these days.
If you have any wool that has gone beyond the recovery/hope edge, I suggest you consider this alternative.
Now I have to come up with the top and backing for the quilts. I will probably tie them, there is no way to machine quilt these batts, they are too thick,hand quilting is not something I will do just because I don't have the time.