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Old 01-17-2008, 04:33 PM   #1
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recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

first let me say i'm nakking so please excuse typos and lower case.

for those looking into making recycled wool covers I wanted to post a general post of fiber content/blends to steer clear of since alot of folks ask!

Of course most of us know that polyester, acrylic and nylon are suitable for a wool blend but will require more frequent washing, there's the other fibers we need to steer clear of to avoid wicking issues! Those are:

(and some are obvious!)

cotton, silk, soy, ramie (cellulose/plant based), rayon/viscose (man made fiber using wood, so also cellulose/plant based). these fibers will likely wick moisture.

wools that you might want to avoid are shetland as it tends to be scratchier than other wool.

Merino is great and soft but tends to be thinner than a nice lambswool, and cashmere is great as well but is like merino and can be thin and might require a double layer for diapering use. A wool/angora blend is really soft but is hairy/fluffy so keep that in mind!

hth those who are curious and looking into making recycled woolies!

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Old 01-22-2008, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

Very helpful! Just the info I was looking for. Maybe someone can sticky this?
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Great info!!!
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Re: recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

Just wanted to add a couple of things.

I've found that 20% angora is a good amount to increase softness but won't shed too much.

A very small amount of silk, rayon, etc (like 5%) will likely not cause wicking issues. These combos are rare but do exist.

Lambswool, cashmere, angora, and alpaca are all different types of wool fiber. Try to get at least 50% wool, but you can go as low as 30% for a functioning wool cover. In my experience, 80% wool behaves just like 100%.

Wool blends may refuse to felt, but 80/20 will probably felt a little. You don't need to felt it if it is already thick. Some wool does not felt at all, it just gets really fuzzy.

I recommend 100% poly thread and a straight stitch for a clean look and good performance. Unfelted wool has more stretch and is good for waistbands and leg cuffs on soakers. Serging can cause a wavy seam, but it does give the inside of your recycled wool item a nicer look.

If you are making longies, be sure to leave enough room in the hips. With the elastic unstretched, your waistband width should be smaller than the width of the hip area. Remember that these need to fit over a diaper.
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Re: recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

i have a question, can you use fleece for a waistband on a recycled wool diapering garment...or should you stick with say wool interlock?

I guess what I am asking is will the lanolizing process hurt/damage the fleece?

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Re: recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

Also, wool/nylon blends work wonderfully!

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i have a question, can you use fleece for a waistband on a recycled wool diapering garment...or should you stick with say wool interlock?

I guess what I am asking is will the lanolizing process hurt/damage the fleece?

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If you use fleece on the waist, you can lose some of the great qualities of the wool in that wool rarely needs to be washed, but the fleece waist will get damp with pee and need to be washed. A better option would be to use cashmere or merino wool for the waist if you are concerned about extra softness for baby's comfort. If you're looking for decorative touches, put the decorative material on the cuffs where it will not get "dirty". The lanolin won't hurt the other material.
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Re: recycled wool fiber/blend content 101

Has anyone ever tried a wool blend with rabbit hair in it? Does it need frequent washings?
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Has anyone ever tried a wool blend with rabbit hair in it? Does it need frequent washings?

Angora is quite a common blend. It is super soft but very fluffy and it tends to shed. I have not found it to need frequent washings but I do find it less effective than wool if the angora % is high.
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