Planning a historical costume but you’re not sure which fabric to choose? No need to wade through piles of history books – we’ve done the research for you. This short guide to historical wools covers everything from traditional wool processing techniques to pointers for choosing an authentic weave.Full article
We love wool! It’s a wonderful natural material that can keep you warm and look beautiful doing it. Of course, not all wools are created equal. Today you can buy fine merino and itchy, rough, 100% wool as well as blends with synthetic fibers, pure staple wool, and recycled wool. In fact, wool is like wine – so much depends on the breed of sheep, the weather where they live, how the wool was sheared, and of course on the whole process of preparation from carding the fleece to weaving the final cloth. Come take a closer look at the fascinating world of wool production and learn how to unerringly choose fabric without getting the wool pulled over your eyes.
Wool is the ultimate cold-weather warrior. Here’s a look at the many varieties that are out there, what makes them each special, and tips on how to tell if what you’re looking at is even wool to begin with. We’ll cover all the bases, from soft merino to virgin wool, recycled wools and fine worsteds. They all have a place in our wardrobes in everything from warm overcoats and sweaters to thermal underwear. Why not get to know them better?Full article