Wool is an amazing fiber; here are some fun facts and more reasons to use and wear wool!

The Benefits of Wool

  • Resists wrinkles- Each wool fiber is a molecular coilspring. Wool can be stretched up to 50% when wet and 30% when dry and still return back to their original shape.
  • Flame retardant- Wool contains moisture in each fiber. It will self-exhaust itself if set on fire.
  • Repels moisture- The fibers are absorbent and wicks away moisture. This makes wool comfortable to wear in cold and warm weather even when raining. Wool can absorb up to 30% of their weight without feeling heavy or damp.
  • Resists soiling- Each wool fiber is covered in many tiny overlapping scales. The scales help keep dirt and stains on top of the fibers making it easy to clean.
  • Durable- Wool can bend back on itself 20,000 times without breaking. Cotton breaks after 3,200 times.
  • Dyes brilliantly- Wool is amphoric which means it will accept bases or acid dyes. Dyes penetrate into the inner core of the fiber where a chemical reaction occurs making the color change permanent.

Do you know…

Why wool doesn’t shrink on a sheep when wet?

Each single wool fiber is covered in many tiny overlapping scales. When wool is on an animal the scales are all oriented in the same direction. When the wool is sheared off a sheep the fibers get mixed up and the wool scales catch on each other and cause ‘shrinking’. These tiny scales are the reason why it is possible to felt wool.