DIY or not: Boiled Wool Adventures

FL Sister id tagWe are unabashedly Do It Yourself sisters.

At least we are to the point that we know enough to decide if we get enough satisfaction out of a process to continue. However, if the cost-benefit ratio is out of wack, we can quickly become unabashedly pro DELEGATE!

DIY question cropped

We are in the middle of such a DIY experience process with boiling our own wool.

We LOVE working with wool…

…the end product

…the possibilities …..

But right now we are examining the process. (I’m just so proud of my little list of P’s!)

We find ourselves in this learning curve spot often and it usually starts with, “How do they do that?!?!” (We’re not sure who THEY are, but we always intrigued by stuff THEY do.)

Because we both kept admiring wool work, I went to our #1 source for researching what THEY do …. PINTEREST! After thoroughly checking out “no fail” suggestions, I set out to experience these wonders for myself. All the while I was imagining the fun of showing the Colorado Sister what I had learned while I played with the wool samples we had found at a quilt show charity booth.


Yes, it really does say Pendleton and 25 cents in the same sentence!



My rookie experience went something like this …

1.  Put pot on stove.

2.  Insert water, detergent and piece of wool.


This was a very small pot, I know.

3.  Turn on heat until water boils and stir vigorously.

4.  Ring out excess water.

5.  Immerse in ice water.


This was not the hard part.

6.  Ring out excess water.

7.  Put wool in very hot dryer.


Did I really just take a picture of my dryer?

8.  Clean lint out of dryer. There will be LOTS of lint!

9.  Repeat – with a few variations.

At the end of the day, my house smelled a little strange and, despite all my hours in the kitchen, nothing had been produced for supper. The wool had been duly boiled but the result was less than I had imagined. The idea that we could do this ourselves still intrigued me but I had come to the conclusion that this might take both of us.

So, when I was in Colorado a few weeks later, we decided to tackle the boiling of the wool together. We did some more research. This took a while because we kept getting distracted by other things we found on PINTEREST.

(BTW, we have a Sisters board if you want to follow us. You can find it HERE.)

And then we tried just washing the wool in very hot water rather than using a pot on the stove. Other than that, the routine was very similar to my solo run, except that we used bigger pieces of wool – which meant that we had to clean out more lint from the washer and dryer. Did I mention this produces LOTS of lint?

(We had those bigger pieces of wool because our cousin, Penny, sent us a stash that her neighbor was sharing -THANKS for sharing, coz!)

I’m not sure that we were dazzled by our results. It’s pretty obvious that we have some more to learn about this process. And we may end up putting this in the DELIGATE column. But we both still LOVE boiled wool and felted wool and you’ll be seeing more of it in future projects. (Like the Autumn Post Card Projects that will be added to our “Seasons at my Window” collection.)

And we still have the optimism that this …


Hmmm …. dark green and red wool for …


will someday be part something kind of like this …

wool stitching corner

HINT: Holly Jolly is coming this summer!

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  1. Pat

    Great post You have motivated me to complete my wool knitting project. AND Pendleton wool, I believe, is an Oregon product!

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