Searching for boiled wool inspiration, we came across this simple and lovely shrug by Manda of Treefall Design, who was inspired by a ready-to-wear piece. We whipped up a couple of prototypes in the shop and arrived at this which takes just a 75cm cut of fabric and three straight seams. Edges can all be left raw because boiled wool does not fray!
75cm x boiled wool, ours is 150cm wide
- would also work in wool knit fabric such as this Japanese wool blend (or this one) and this Merino Rib
Gutermann Sew-All thread in matching colour
Set your iron to 'wool' and use plenty of steam to press all the seams open. Turn so seams are inside. You're finished!
If you'd like to embellish your shrug, you could try stitching the seam allowances down with Valdani Perle Cotton, or perhaps binding the open edge with pretty homemade bias tape.
Of course you can play around with the dimensions of the shrug, and use more of the width, or a longer cut to suit your personal preferences!
We were even more pleased when we worked out the shrug could be made with this grey boiled wool we have in stock which has some tiny faults down its centre.
The supplier offered it to us at a greatly reduced price and we thought it would be a shame for such beautiful quality wool to go to waste. So come and grab a bargain! The pattern as specified above works perfectly to remove the faults.
If you're interstate and wish to buy a quantity that's not a multiple of half-metres as our website requires, please feel free to call us during opening hours - W-F 10am-4pm, Sat 12-4 - on 08 7324 5883 and order over the phone.
- Jane & Fiona xx
PS why not make an underappreciated dog-coat with the leftovers?