Behind Boiled Wool
Boiled wool isn’t a terribly pleasant sounding phrase. It brings to mind perhaps the worst Thanksgiving side dish of all time or a bubbling cauldron with wet, soppy wool being stirred. (Yuck!) Fortunately, boiled wool is much, much better than the name implies. Boiled wool is a bit like super felted/fulled wool. Wool fabric (knitted or woven will do) is boiled and agitated in hot water until the fabric shrinks considerably creating a dense, warm, and stable fabric. This fabric then can now be cut up and sewn together into cozy garments and accessories that will keep the wearer toasty and the wind out.