Most of us love our wool throws so much, but do many of us know what it took to get them to our homes? Get ready to learn everything you need to know and a little bit extra about our beloved wool throws.
When you think of wool, the first thing that you picture in your mind is probably sheep, and you are not wrong about that. While it is a well-known thing that a sheep is the animal that produces the most popular animal fibre, most people are not aware that wool can also be produced from the hair of goats, rabbits and even various camels.
Sheep (or any other kind of animal that produces wool) are usually sheered once a year. In some occasions the sheering is being done twice a year, e.g. an angora goat is usually sheered twice a year since they tend to grow their coat back a lot faster. When fleece is collected it needs to be properly cleaned to remove the oils and other redundant stuff before proceeding to further steps. The next step is washing the wool. This is done in order to remove the grease from the fleece. It is usually done by soaking the fleece in an acid bath. After that the fleece needs to be combed which is usually called carding. The result is quite similar to a spiders’ web – a lot of threads going one on top of the other. When the carding is finished the threads are then spun into yarn. Yarn is the final product that is used to make your beloved wool throws.