A Few Words
About Our Wool...
We carry LOTS of different wool here at Purple Moose Felting! Here’s some information to help you compare our most popular types:
Our natural core fiber batting is a medium/medium fine white/off-white domestic scoured wool which is great for felting. It is perfect for use as core fiber in needle felted projects or for wet felting the ever-popular dryer balls.
Our corriedale wool is 27-30 microns and the staple length is approximately 4.25". It has a defined "crimp" and so it tends to look a little fuzzier than merino. Because of the crimp, corriedale is wonderful for needle felting. The texture makes it easier for the needle to grab, and the crimp helps to hide hole marks made by the needle. I do almost ALL of my needle felting with corriedale.
Our "Maori" batting is processed by DHG in Italy and is a blend of Coopworth and Corriedale wools created for both needlefelting and wet felting. Staple length is roughly 2" and it is prepared carded. (Some vegetable matter may be present.) Because these fibers are short and already mixed up and going in different directions, this wool felts up quickly and tends to yield a nice, smooth surface without a lot of directional fiber lines showing up in your finished work.
Our merino wool is 21.5 microns and the staple length is about 2.75." It is VERY fine, and soft, and smoothand it has a bit of gloss when felted. Merino can be used for wet felting, nuno felting, and needle felting, although some people find that it is a bit difficult to needle felt with it, because the fiber is very straight and a bit slippery. (I rarely use it for needle felting, but I love it for wet felting - especially nuno felting - because the nice, straight fibers penetrate the silk really nicely!)
Our organic polwarth is sourced from the Faulkland Islands and is "100% Certified Organic". It's super soft and silky and measures 22 microns.
Our romney wool roving is fairly coarse and has quite a bit of crimp. The staple length is 3" - 5" and it measures about 30 microns.
Our textured batting is mostly merino with a bit of mohair. It is nubby, chunky, and full of character - great for needle felting and/or wet felting. (Some vegetable matter may be present.)
Please keep in mind that wool from other suppliers may be quite different from the wool that we carry. Fibers vary greatly based on the breed of sheep, where they are raised, what part of the wool is used, how it is processed, etc - and so you will find LOTS of variations.
The information above applies to the wool that we sell here at Purple Moose Felting, but it may not hold true for other fibers, sold by other folks, even if the names and descriptions sound similar.