Felted Wool Applique

Many people ask what is the difference between felted wool and woollen felt.
Did you know that felted wool is woven wool fabric, which has been washed and dried with heat? This process shrinks the fabric to make it thick and soft and ideal for appliqué projects. Woollen felt on the other hand is tightly compressed woollen fibre that is sometimes mixed with artificial fibres such as rayon. Using heat and moisture, these fibres are rubbed together and compressed to create felt.

With my projects I prefer to work with felted wool when doing appliqué work. The muted colours and the overall texture of felted wool gives a warm, almost worn feel. I do use felt occasionally for small features as it is tightly knitted and does not fray and also comes in some very bright colours that are not as available in the woollen felt range. On a recent trip to NZ I purchased some lovely felted wool and was amazed at the range of colours available. Cxx

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