Wool batting?
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Emily B
(emilyb)
Wool batting? on 05/11/2012 15:46:50 MDT Print View

Anyone ever use wool batting, or toyed with the idea? For quilt, insulated clothing, pillow, etc? I'm guessing it's heavy enough to put it out of the running for bigger things. Just curious.

Colin Krusor
(ckrusor)

Locale: Northwest US
Wool on 05/11/2012 16:52:33 MDT Print View

There was a thread about this a while ago. Sheep's wool and other animal fibers (alpaca, quiviut, brush-tail possum fur, etc.) were discussed as potential fill materials for a quilt or jacket. You may be able to find that thread using the search tool.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Wool batting? on 05/11/2012 18:24:31 MDT Print View

I use wool batting to stuff knitted and felted toy animals. It is pretty heavy and even if you fluff it to get some decent loft, it will compress pretty quickly. It would be great for a really warm quilt for home use, but i don't think it is fit for carrying.
my 2 cents

Soul patch
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Wool batting? on 05/11/2012 18:47:38 MDT Print View

Kat,

You make stuffed toys? I haven't seen them on your site.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Re: Re: Wool batting? on 05/11/2012 19:24:19 MDT Print View

Matt, I make them, but not for sale. They take a lot of time and I can't charge enough.
I make them for friends and family, as presents. Here are a few, stuffed with wool batting. They were knitted first, very loosely, then felted to shrink them, then stuffed.
Koala, Alpacas and crazy Hedgehogs. A couple pair of felted booties also.


Koaka



alpacas




hedgehogs



booties

Soul patch
(mtblack) - F
Re: Re: Re: Re: Wool batting? on 05/11/2012 21:33:51 MDT Print View

Very cool, Kat. It makes sense that you make a lot of stuff just for fun or personal reasons. I remember my mom making handicrafts when I was growing up for family, friends and school functions.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Jacket on 05/12/2012 00:04:53 MDT Print View

Some of the older military folks can chime in if I'm wrong, but I have a "GI" type parka that I believe has (super thick, like almost 2") wool batting. It is super old, has a coyote fur ruff, weighs about 10 pounds, and is almost too warm to wear even in the coldest weather northwest Washington has to offer. It came paired with some insane rubber vacuum insulated boots. I can't remember where my brother found it.

Ray Bailly
(tempestv) - F
Bunny boots on 05/12/2012 08:38:03 MDT Print View

The vacuum boots sound like Mickey boots (black) or Bunny boots (white), which were part of the Army cold weather system during the Korean war. The boots also feature wool insulation, and are rated for -20 for the black boots and -65 for the white boots.

Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Bunny on 05/12/2012 23:07:07 MDT Print View

yup, white. Also weigh about 10lbs.... a piece :P

Nancy Twilley
(goodcaver2)

Locale: STL
koala! on 05/13/2012 07:23:08 MDT Print View

Kat:

Mind if I ask where you got the pattern for that Koala? That is way too cute and my nephew needs one.

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: koala! on 05/13/2012 08:32:49 MDT Print View

Nancy, the pattern is from Fiber Trends. You may be able to get it online. Ravelry, the online knitting community also may have it in their pattern repository.
If you can't find it I can send you a copy if mine.
Katharina

Katharina ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Jacket on 05/13/2012 08:41:34 MDT Print View

"Some of the older military folks can chime in if I'm wrong, but I have a "GI" type parka that I believe has (super thick, like almost 2") wool batting. It is super old, has a coyote fur ruff, weighs about 10 pounds, and is almost too warm to wear even in the coldest weather northwest Washington has to offer. It came paired with some insane rubber vacuum insulated boots. I can't remember where my brother found it."

Not military folk here.... But I will chime in to say that your 2" coat is felted wool, not batting. Nothing can be sewn out of batting, as it is loose wool that you can tug apart. Batting, and the combed version~ roving, can be felted into a thick, dense material, Felt.
Batting works as stuffing in between layers, somewhat like down but way heavier.