About felt …
Felt is probably one of the oldest handicrafts of the world and at the same time up-to-date in our modern world, because wool as a natural fibre is treated in an ecological way to be a long lasting quality product that keeps you at an optimum temperature. It’s good for your circulation and protects your skin.
The ingredients for felt-making are cleaned and combed wool, warm water and natural soap. The wool is hand-layered, soaked with warm water, then stroked, rubbed, rolled and formed until the piece is the required size and consistency.
The process needs a lot of time and intensive work, resulting in a strong and durable fabric.
- Felt is insulation – It keeps you warm in the winter and protects you from the heat in the summer.
- Felt is water resistant – You can use it in rain or snow and you won’t get wet, because it repels liquids. The water rolls off the surface of the fabric. Even if your felt piece does eventually get soaked, it generates heat and keeps the body warm. Wool has the capacity to absorb up to 35% of its own weight in water without feeling damp; it can absorb moisture, hold it and let it go again.
- Felt is static resistant – Wool has very little tendency to collect static electricity because it naturally absorbs moisture from the air and this is why...
- ...Felt is dirt resistant – Because it doesn't collect static, wool doesn’t attract dust from the air. And because of its closed surface, dirt can’t enter the textile fabric.
- Felt is durable – The fibres of wool have the power to elongate, stretch and recover rather than to break, the result is an extremely robust and durable fabric that will last without losing its form.
- Felt is flexible – Felt can be formed in many ways, from the finest, softest quality for hats, clothes and accessories, to a thicker, coarser fabric for carpets, boots or big bags.
- Felt is almost noninflammable – Felt can be used as a perfect lampshade or coating for all kinds of lights. Because of its moisture-absorbing capacity, wool is hard to ignite. It catches fire only at 560°C, and removing the source of flames the fire goes out immediately. It can stand temperatures up to 110°C without any damage.
Due to it’s natural properties, being a special natural fibre, wool has the ability to clean itself and to repel dirt and liquids. Normally a good shake and an air outside is enough. It doesn’t have to be washed very often.
Hand wash gently using warm water and wool detergent or even shampoo. Rinse the piece well at the same temperature. Remove excess water and then reshape if necessary by hand while damp. Lay flat to dry naturally.
Do not machine wash or tumble dry.