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« on: August 15, 2007 03:45:00 PM »

I bought some wool batting from West Earl Woolen Mill and now I need to know what I can do with it. *I think* it needs to be cleaned - how do I do that? It has little bits of stuff (leaves, ect) in it. Does it need to be carded? I bought A LOT - can I needle felt with it or only use it for stuffing?

ok. here are pictures.

it came packaged like this

and here's the tag on the roll

and here's it unrolled (it's not like quilt batting, unrolling, it's like big fluffyness rolled up.

here are some shots of the flecks

There are probably 3-7 pieces of stuff every square foot - not too much.

I want to use this to stuff toys and / or needlefelt. Any suggestions - what do you suggest I do and what do I need to do it?

« Last Edit: August 15, 2007 03:46:07 PM by captivatedlife - Reason: I think I posted in the wrong forum.... » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2007 03:28:44 PM »

I just "googled" West Earl Woolen Mill and foung this:

realpatti08-10-2005, 09:30 AM
Hi Kristen,

Since your post was more than a month ago, I figure this could be an obsolete answer. However, here goes.

I make Waldorf toys for a living. And there is one super cheap source for wool stuffing for doll making. It seems to also be the place that Waldorf schools and other professional dollmakers get their stuffing.

There's no website, just phone in to West Earl Woollen Mill. All they sell is two kinds of wool -- one is suitable for stuffing and the other is more suitable for spinning into yarn or for doll hair. The price for stuffing wool is around $5.50 per pound -- be sure to specify you want stuffing wool!! One pound will last you for a number of dolls. Shipping is pretty cheap as well, you pay actual instead of a flat rate. They also usually ship next day.

Here's the info: West Earl Woollen Mill, Ephrata PA


It sounds like what you have is either for spinning or stuffing.  If it is for spinning you may be able to use it for wet felting.  I would suggest a quick call to the mill to find out what you have and we can help you figure it out from there.  It looks like lovely and the little bits of stuff are what are known as "vegetable matter" or VM.  As I use come across them in either when I am needle felting or wet felting I pick out the pices that are more obvous and leave the rest.

I know this has not really answered your question but we really need to know what kind of batting this is and then we can figure out what you can do with it.

« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2007 05:56:58 PM »

Thank you so much - I called and I have the stuffing / batting!

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