How to Deal With Pilling and Bobbling on Wool

December 11, 2018 No Comments

If your wool clothes or home textiles have annoying bobbling or are looking older than they should, we’ve got some tips on how to prevent and get rid of pilling. Caused by broken fibres bunching together to form tiny balls, pills and bobbles often occur in areas of high friction, like the cuffs and armpits of sweaters. Pilling is more common in mixed fibre textiles, especially those that include polyester. Synthetic fibres are more prone to bobbling, so choose natural fabrics like linen or wool whenever possible.

Once a garment has bobbles the little balls will just keep on getting bigger, as other broken fibres from different items are attracted to them. This can result in pills that are different colours than the original garment, as bits of fluff and fuzz from other things become attached to the existing bobbles.

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Thankfully, pilling is pretty easy to deal with. Firstly, it’s important to try to avoid it in the first place. Here’s how to avoid pilling on wool garments:

  • Wash the item inside out on a gentle/ wool cycle, or hand wash if possible. The less friction it meets the less it will bobble.
  • Use a specialist detergent for wool or delicates.
  • Don’t overload your washing machine as this can damage the fibres, and wash delicates with other similar items rather than harder-wearing garments like denim, or things with zips.
  • Use a fabric conditioner. This will coat the wool fibres and reduce static and friction.
  • Air dry, don’t tumble dry. Heat and friction will damage the fibres and cause pilling.
  • Never use bleach on wool items as this weakens the fibres and can make them more likely to break and pill.

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If your beloved wool sweater or woollen blanket does have some bobbling and needs perking up, here are some tips on getting rid of pilling:

  • Use a fabric comb or electric fabric shaver to carefully remove the bobbles.
  • Using a sharp standard razor, hold the garment taut and gently shave off the pills. Collect the cut-offs with a lint roller or adhesive tape.
  • For mild pilling adhesive tape, a head lice comb or a velcro hair roller are effective (and cheap) ways to remove pills.
  • If you’re travelling and need a quick bobble fix, use the rough part of a velcro fastening to remove bobbles from an item.

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For more tips on how to care for wool clothes and throws, and on how to treat stains go here and here.

 

 

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Your Ultimate Wool Throw Gift Guide

November 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

If you’re trying to get ahead of the game and make a start with your Christmas gift buying, here’s our ultimate gift guide. We can help you choose the perfect wool throw for your family members or friends, and give them a gift they can enjoy for years to come. In fact, we can’t think of many better things to give at Christmas than a soft, snuggly blanket crafted from the finest materials that will keep your loved ones feeling cozy and pampered. A new wool throw will become part of their own Christmas and wintertime traditions, from curling up under it to watch a holiday movie, to tucking in an excited child who has just hung up their stocking for Santa.

So, here’s what we’re putting on our present-buying list this year:

For Mum

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Busy mothers can find they’ve barely stopped all day. From the pressures of work to the demands of small children, this time of year can be even more exhausting than normal. Even mums of grown-up kids can still find it hard to properly unwind. Give a mother in your life the gift of a peaceful, precious, moment of relaxation with this supersoft throw. Encourage them to take time out for themselves with a book or a podcast, tucked up and cared for, instead of doing all the caring.

For a mother who loves being in Nature a wool throw is a great present. They can lie back on it and watch the clouds or spread out a picnic feast for friends in the park. It will keep them warm on chilly evenings round a campfire, and can provide an impromptu sleeping blanket for a slumbering babe.

For Dad

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If there’s a dad in your life who loves the outdoors, whether fishing, hiking or camping wild, give him one of these warm, durable alpaca blankets as a companion on his adventures. For dads who like to hunker down with their kids reading stories, a wool throw will not only keep them all snug, it can double as a fort if attention wanders.

For the traveller

For the travel-loving, active person in your life a trusty wool throw can be packed up in their bag of essential kit and will double as a picnic blanket, shawl and extra bedding if they’re sleeping out under the stars. Whether bundled into a backpack or rolled up in a tote, every adventurer needs this versatile piece of kit. And not only are our throws practical and hard-wearing, they’re great-looking too.

For the interior design fan

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If you need a gift for an interiors fan who loves browsing Pinterest for ideas on home improvements or flicking through the latest Elle Deco, then look no further. A beautiful mohair wool throw can instantly refresh the look of a bedroom or sitting room. Draped, tucked or folded, this is the ideal gift for someone with their finger on the design pulse.

For the lover of fine things

cashmere throw christmas gift

For someone who loves the finer things in life, a cashmere throw is the ultimate luxurious gift. They will love the exquisite softness and quality of our cashmere throw, and you will love the price. This is a keepsake gift to treasure for now and well into the future. A truly special present.

For someone who is all of these

Really, most of us love to surround ourselves with beautiful things made from the best, natural, materials. We want to feel loved, safe and sheltered, as well as to protect those around us. Sometimes we feel like hibernating and other times we crave adventure. A Woolme wool throw can do all of this, whatever mood we’re in and whatever life brings us in that moment. Which makes it pretty much the perfect gift for everybody, no?

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5 Perfect New Wool Throws for a Cozy Fall

October 11, 2018 Tags: , , No Comments

As the days get shorter and the evenings begin to feel distinctly chilly, it’s time to think about getting your home ready for a cozy Fall. With more time spent indoors, whether curled up on the sofa watching a movie, or tucked up in bed with a breakfast tray and a good book, Fall is all about hunkering down. Whilst we don’t advocate full-on hibernation (we all need to get outside and move!) there is nothing we love more at this time of year than snuggling up with our loved ones in the warmth of a beautiful woollen throw in front of a fire.

And just in time for Fall, we’re excited to present our new collection of supersoft wool throws and blankets that will keep you toasty and transform your room. Inspired by the colours of Fall these throws come in rich, earthy tones that reflect fallen leaves, still winter seas, woodland mushrooms, wet grass, pumpkins, autumn sunsets, moss and moody skies. With a wide choice of colour, wool and pattern, there really is something for every home.

Everest throw

cashmere wool throw fall

Crafted from 100% pure cashmere our Everest throws are deliciously soft and oh-so warm. In a range of 7 muted colourways these throws work with all interior decor schemes, adding warmth and depth to a minimalist space, or adding a note of tranquility to a busy room.

Eva throw

cashmere throw shawl

Another pure cashmere beauty, the Eva throw is the epitome of simple, pared-back elegance. The three gentle colourways look just as lovely used as shawl as draped over your bed or sofa.

Emilio throw

blue cashmere throw

In beautiful cool, jewel-like blues, from turquoise to aqua, the Emilio cashmere throw will become a staple of your Fall preparations for Winter. It will lift a simple decor palette and evoke a feeling of coastlines, endless skies, clear rivers and ice cool lakes.

Ernesto throw

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Our Ernesto throw is comprised of 20% cashmere and 80% merino wool, a blend that gives ultra-softness and durability. You can choose from three subtle colourways, which each have a reverse side side in grey/ taupe and contrast fringing.

Tito throw

patterned wool throws fall

Echoing the russet tones of autumn leaves, sweeping sunsets and wood fires, the Tito throw comes in a gorgeous earthy colourway blended with a grey base. There are also grey and gentle green options, each creating a lovely texture and understated pattern to the blanket.

With all of these wool throws you can change up the feel of a room, or create a warm nest in which you can feel supported, comforted and nurtured. They make ideal gifts, whether for a student embarking on a new life adventure in their own home, for an elderly relative who is starting to feel the cold, or for a precious girlfriend who needs to feel surrounded by warmth and friendship. And they are the perfect way to treat yourself, too.

To read more about the qualities of, and how to care for cashmere go here. For tips on how to style your wool throw, try this.

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5 Reasons Why Wool is Not Just for Winter

April 13, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Despite the seemingly endless winter there are definite signs that Spring is afoot: tulips and primroses dotting gardens and lanes, longer evenings, ducklings paddling along behind their mamas, loud and joyful birdsong, and when the sun does shine there’s a power to it that just isn’t there in winter. It might seem like the time to be packing away your woollen blankets and clothes, storing them carefully for the Autumn. But don’t rush for the suitcases and packing bags just yet. Wool is not just for Winter.

Here are 5 reasons why we love wool in the Spring and Summer too:

1.Chilly evenings

Even late into Spring the evenings can still have a chill in the air. Once the central heating goes off and you’ve burned all your firewood it can be lovely to reach for a cosy woollen blanket as you read in bed, or curl up on the sofa in front of a movie. A natural wool throw will help you make this transition from fully heated house to flinging open the windows, keeping you warm when it’s time to hunker down.

2.Outdoor adventures

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As Spring gets underway we start planning camping trips and picnic outings. A wool throw is never far from hand on these outdoor adventures, whether used as an extra layer over a sleeping bag, or as the base for a casual picnic with friends. And woolly socks are pretty much essentials if you are sleeping outdoors as they will keep your feet toasty all night long, which means you will sleep better. Wool helps to regulate body temperature and wicks moisture away from your body, meaning you won’t wake up sweaty and overheated.

3.Stylish interiors

A less-than pristine sofa or chair can be given a new lease of life with the simple addition of a wool throw. Choose contrasting colours to make a statement, or opt for something neutral that adds a note of muted texture and tone. If you don’t want the expense of re-upholstering a chair, a throw is a great way to get the look you want at a fraction of the price. And if you change your mind in the future you can simply use the throw elsewhere and replace it with something new.

4.Sporty layers

merino wool base layer

Merino wool is much-loved by sportspeople, from runners to cyclists, hikers to climbers. Thanks to its superfine yarn it can be spun into lightweight layers that are ideal for wearing as a base layer, providing some extra warmth but with no extra bulk. Wool is anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking so you will feel fresh and dry, and if there is a sudden downpour it will keep the rain off you while you dash for shelter.

5.Getting crafty

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Now might be the time to take up a new craft or hobby, like knitting or crochet. These crafts are easy to learn and can be very relaxing. You can take your project with you wherever you go too, from the bus ride to work to sitting in a children’s play area watching your kids. Natural wool is a great basis for simple garments like scarves and cushion covers, and once you’ve honed your skills you can use the huge range of different woollen yarns to create beautiful handmade items that you – and others- will really treasure.

So, whilst it might be a good time to retire your chunky woollen sweaters, don’t rush to pack away the wool. There’s plenty more use for those wool throws, cosy socks, fine base layers and balls of yarn yet.

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4 Beautiful Ways to Style Your Wool Throw

March 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , No Comments

A pure wool throw is one of those things that every household should have. Versatile, stylish, cosy and long-lasting, a wool throw is more than just a blanket.

It’s a comfort when you are ill and tucked up in bed. It’s something to snuggle up with your loved ones under on Film Night. It’s a fort. It’s a picnic blanket to lie back on in a summer’s field. It’s something to wrap yourself in around a campfire. It’s a way to freshen up a tired sofa or bedroom. We wouldn’t be without one. Or two.

Here’s four beautiful ways to style your wool throw:

1.Draped over a sofa

wool throw sofa style

Draping a wool throw over the back or seat of your sofa will brighten up the sofa and can unify the colour scheme of the room. If you have a minimalist, neutral room then a simple throw in mustard and grey can add a gentle wash of colour without dominating the room. If you love bold colours go for contrasting tones and patterns with a wool throw in multicolours. And it will be readily on hand if you need a bit of extra warmth in the evening while you read, talk or catch up on a box set. If you want extra textures add some pure wool sheepskins and linen cushions.

2.Out on a picnic

Wool is hardwearing, anti-bacterial and can be easily spot-cleaned, which makes a wool throw an ideal picnic blanket. Simply roll up, add some napkins, plate and cutlery, and you’ve got an Insta-worthy picnic right there. Choose an alpaca or merino wool blanket for extra comfort as you recline and watch the clouds scud across the sky, or share some fresh bread and cheese with friends. When you’re done, just give the throw a good shake and wipe off any spills, then store ready for your next outdoor adventure.

3.On your bed

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A lovely way to create a calm mood in a bedroom is to use similar colours in your bedlinen. Crisp whites or soft blues and greys will still the mind and help you feel rested. A throw in complementary tones will add to this harmonious feel. Here we’ve styled a bed in supersoft linen bedlinen and added a throw in a slightly darker colour to keep things simple but to add a layer of luxurious colour and texture.

4.Over a chair

Use a lovely wool throw to disguise an old upholstered chair if you want a change of scene but don’t want to go the whole hog and get it reupholstered. Easy to wash and care for, a wool throw will cover all manner of sins on a piece of pre-loved furniture. They also look welcoming and homely folded neatly over the arm of a chair or sofa, as if inviting guests and family alike to get comfy and make themselves at home.

How do you use your wool throws at home? Any fun or stylish uses we haven’t thought of?

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Tips on Taking Care of Cashmere

March 30, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

Both durable and practical cashmere is one of the most luxurious cold weather materials. In order to keep it in excelent condition and enjoy its durability cashmere needs to be taken care of properly. We piled together a bunch of useful tips that will come in handy when properly cleaning and storing your cashmere garments.

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From Lambs to Lagom: Why wool is everywhere this Spring

March 16, 2018 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

There are few more happy-making things than seeing new lambs frolicking in their fields. As Spring approaches we take a celebratory look at why wool is everywhere this season, from lambs to lagom.

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Lambswool

Fluffy white lambs are one of the traditional Eastertime symbols, adorning cards and merchandising everywhere. We love their carefree tumbling and their gangly legs, and they represent rebirth and renewal as the seasons turn. While these new additions won’t be shorn in their first year, their fleeces will be perfect for shearing next year. This will produce the supersoft lambswool so beloved by fashion and home textile makers. The older sheep will be shorn shortly after the lambing season is over, ready for the warmer weather. This wool will then be sorted, washed, picked and combed in preparation for dyeing. The lifecycle of your wool throw or cosy sweater begins with these little bundles of fun gambolling around the countryside.

Lagom

Replacing ‘hygge‘ as the new Scandi-inspired trend, ‘lagom’ offers more than a moment of comfort or happiness. The concept of lagom comes from Sweden and is a longer-term idea of finding balance and peace by just having enough. Translated it means ‘just the right amount’. To live with lagom means to avoid excessive consumerism, to create a balance between work and personal time, to be moderate and frugal. It has inspired people to live more sustainably, choosing clothes and homewares that have a reduced impact on the environment. Like natural wool. Living more sustainably means buying good quality items that will have a long lifetime, things that are produced with are as free from harm as possible. Wool is a durable, long-lasting material, and means that those investment pieces, like wool picnic blankets or baby throws, will keep on looking beautiful for years. There’s a simplicity to wool that chimes perfectly with the idea of lagom. Just right.

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Lightweight wool

As the weather warms up you may not need your really chunky knitwear but there is still a place for woollies. Spring can bring sudden changes in temperature, with snowfall and frosts still a possibility. The answer here is to wear layers and to include lightweight wool garments made from merino wool. This is less bulky whilst retaining all the benefits of wool: temperature regulation, moisture wicking, durable, dirt-repellant. You can get highly sophisticated sportswear ‘skins’ made from merino wool to wear as a base layer, or opt for a simple transitional piece like a merino sweater paired with a linen shirt or bigger cardigan if it’s chilly.

Lazy evenings

Despite the fact that the evenings are lighter for longer, there is still something delicious about curling up indoors under a warm, soft wool throw after a long day. Whether you love to read or catch up with the latest Instagram stories, creating a moment of stillness and cosiness in the evening is great for your wellbeing. It’s not quite warm enough to sit outside in the evenings where we are, but it won’t be long. And you can be sure we’ll have blankets, hot drinks and food at the ready.

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How Does Wool Keep Us Warm?

February 28, 2018 Tags: No Comments

If, like us, all thoughts of Spring have been buried beneath a blanket of snow suddenly blown in from the East, you may want to invest in some woollies to keep you warm during the cold snap. Our range of beautiful wool throws not only look stunning, they also offer the amazing insulating properties of natural wool. We’ve written before about the inherent benefits of wool, but how exactly does it keep us warm? It’s not something that those fluffy sheep sheltering in the lea of a stone wall will be thinking about, but you can bet they are grateful for their cosy coats while blizzards and snowstorms flurry around them. So, for the curious, here’s why wool keeps you (and the sheep) warm.

why wool keeps you warm

Thermo-insulation

The answer lies in the crimp of the fibres. Wool is able to react to fluctuations in your body temperature due to tiny pockets of air within the fibres that circulate heat. This means that wool will keep you warm when your body is cold, and cool when it’s hot. Which is why, even though those sheep might look all huddled and sorry for themselves, they are actually completely dry and toasty beneath their fleeces.

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Keratin

A naturally-occurring protein in hair and wool, keratin forms an extra barrier along the fibres of wool which also helps regulate temperatures.

Warm when wet

One of the things that makes wool so practical in outdoor wear and for bedding is the fact that even when it’s damp, it still keeps you warm. This is thanks to its high absorbency, meaning it can hold moisture for longer than other fabrics before you start to feel wet. Wool also wicks moisture away from your body, stopping cold, wet surfaces from resting against your skin. The fibres also miraculously generate heat when they are wet, creating even more warmth. Whilst woollen garments might take longer to dry than fabrics like linen or cotton, they really will keep you warmer for longer.

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We can’t think of anything nicer right now than to hunker down in front of a roaring fire under a soft wool blanket with a steaming mug of coffee. Race you to the sofa.

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Tips on Staying Warm on the Cold Days

February 27, 2018 Tags: , No Comments

Let’s face it – noone except polar bears loves cold weather, especially if you are not ready for it. There is nothing worse than waking up on a snowy day and realizing you have nothing go wear and your shoe rack only includes sandals. With the Beast From The East making us all feel like we are in the middle of Siberia it is hard to think about anything else than the snow and cold awaiting us outside. We have prepared some tips for you to keep yourself warm.

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How to Care for Your Cashmere

February 13, 2018 Tags: , , , 3 Comments

One of the most prized and luxurious of textiles, cashmere is loved the world over for its softness and beautiful look. And cashmere is not just elegant. It has excellent insulating properties whilst also being lightweight, which makes it great for layering or wearing for those occasions when you want something cosy but not bulky. Timeless, classic and effortlessly chic, cashmere remains one of the most exquisite fibres for clothes and home textiles. It’s not cheap, especially if you buy high quality, well sourced cashmere rather than inferior fast-fashion products. Which means it’s even more important to know how more about cashmere care.

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To keep your cashmere throws, sweaters, scarves and other garments looking and feeling their best, follow these simple guidelines:

1.Follow care instructions

Some cashmere garments will be dry clean only, but many can be successfully hand washed. Check each item’s individual care instructions before you embark on cleaning.

2.For hand washing cashmere

Large items like cashmere throws can be spot cleaned by dabbing the affected area with a wet cloth soaked in gentle detergent, and repeating with a clean wet cloth to rinse. To hand wash a smaller garment, first turn it inside out, then place in a clean tub filled with a solution of gentle wool detergent and cool water. Baby shampoo is a great alternative if you can’t get a specialist laundry detergent. Submerge the garment in the water and gently squeeze. Don’t rub as this can cause shrinkage. Soak for up to 10 minutes if necessary. Then simply rinse in clean, cool water until no more soap suds are visible.

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3.Dry flat

Once your garment has been washed it is essential to dry it correctly. Firstly, lay it on a clean towel and roll up along the shortest width of the towel. Press the water out – make sure you don’t wring. Some people use a salad spinner to get rid of excess water. Once all the excess liquid has been removed, lay the item flat on a dry towel and air dry, out of direct sunlight.

4. Storing cashmere

Be patient – cashmere can take a long time to dry, but it’s important that it is completely dry before you try to store it in order to prevent damage and moths. Fold it carefully and avoid folding along prominent areas in case you create a visible line. Use tissue paper if you are storing your cashmere away for some time. Place into a sealed storage bag to keep moths out, and use cedar balls or homemade moth repellant bags to be extra safe. Store flat, rather than hanging, which can distort the shape of cashmere garments.

5.Removing pilling

A lint roller or wool comb will get rid of pilling. These nobbly bits are common with cashmere, and not necessarily only in cheaper yarns. It’s just an unfortunate characteristic of this yarn. Use combs sparingly to avoid making holes or weakening the fibres too much. If you are unlucky enough to find a hole, send your precious cashmere to be repaired as a cheaper and more sustainable alternative to replacing it.

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