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.





2 comments:

Connie (CJ) Griffin said...

Wow, this is great! Do they take requests on how thick the batting can be made? If you have more of that wool, you could ask for a thinner batt so it could be put on a longarm.

Have you made your quilt tops yet?

Connie (CJ) Griffin said...

Wow, this is great! Do they take requests on how thick the batting can be made? If you have more of that wool, you could ask for a thinner batt so it could be put on a longarm.

Have you made your quilt tops yet?