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Acrylic Vs Wool Felt - Can you tell the difference?

Acrylic Vs Wool Felt - Can you tell the difference?

Hey crafty crew!

Let's dive into the wonderful world of Wool Felt versus Acrylic Felt, a question I often get asked. Here's a quick rundown focusing on the 100% Australian Wool Felt from our store.

Wool felt is like magic! It's created through a process of agitating wool fibers, causing them to interlock and form a non-woven fabric. This unique interlocking of the wool scales during felting is what gives wool felt its incredible properties. Unlike other fabrics, wool felt won't unravel, so you don't need to worry about finishing the raw edges. This makes it ideal for projects where durability and longevity are key.

But that's not all - wool has natural antibacterial properties! This means that wool felt resists mildew and odours, making it perfect for items that need to stay fresh and clean. Plus, wool is hypoallergenic, making it a safe choice for those with sensitive skin or allergies.

On the flip side, acrylic felt is quite different. It's made from a type of plastic derived from natural gas and petroleum. While acrylic felt has its advantages and is suitable for certain projects, it does have some drawbacks. With heavy handling, acrylic felt can pill and fuzz, which can affect the appearance and feel of your finished project. It's also stiffer than wool felt, which can impact how well it layers and drapes.

So, when it comes to choosing between wool felt and acrylic felt, consider the nature of your project. If you're looking for a durable, versatile, and naturally antibacterial option, wool felt is the way to go. But if you're working on a project where stiffness or pilling isn't a concern, acrylic felt can also be a great choice. Ultimately, it all comes down to the specific needs of your craft project!

Hope this helps shed some light on the wonderful world of wool felt and acrylic felt!

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