The Wool Studio is not a storefront business, and never has been. When Rebecca started The Wool Studio, 21 years ago, her vision was to operate as a mail order business, which is still how we operate today. While we have always been welcoming to any shoppers, retail to wholesale, who have expressed an interest in coming to shop in person, we have suspended all shopping visits until further notice, for everyone's continued good health. We invite you to check your previous mailers and our website for eSwatches, and place an order in all the usual ways: phone, fax, mail, or email. We want everyone to stay as healthy as possible. Our April mailers will go as usual to active customers.
Starting with items swatched in July 2019 and forward, customers will notice a tighter weave/density improvement to the pieces in our mailers, which represents a significant investment by The Wool Studio.
Users can cut many of these new, truly 100% wool items down to a 4 and up to an 8.5 or hand torn with confidence and without fraying. If you are a fine hooker, these new items will give you a much broader selection of textures to use in your projects. If you use our wool for appliqué, trees, proddy, shirring, upholstery, etc., you will notice tighter edges on even more intricate patterns. What’s more, you can cut and hook these new items, down to a 4, without washing.
We have had many conversations with customers about washing wool since our July mailer introduced our tighter weave (TW, improved density). While our experience tells us it is not necessary to wash these selections before hooking with them, we highly recommend using your common sense when you decide to wash or not to wash your wool. When you receive your order you may want to rip, cut and hook a piece or two to determine if it works just the way you want it to… if it does, you are ready to hook without further processing. If you prefer tighter or softer, please consider a cool rinse cycle with fabric softener and a cool or warmer dryer if you want it to tighten a bit more. We offer many selections and textures with every mailer and to do so requires various weaves. This process means there may be some wool selections, depending on the weave, that you may prefer to tighten a bit with a warm wash or dryer, or you just know the wool will work perfectly as it is. The decision is yours.
Please note that because of the improved, tighter weave (higher density), you will notice a “crisper” sound when you tear your wool. This is a result of the yarn specification, not a result of synthetic content! If you want to be sure, test it for yourself. See our simple, conclusive bleach test spelled out for you on our FAQ or Tips and Tricks page of our website. This is the only conclusive test we have found. Listening, burning and ironing are subjective and can not identify the wide range of synthetic material that can be used to cheapen costs.