Monday, October 5, 2015

Let's Get Cozy with Boiled Wool this Fall!

We've been big fans of boiled wool for years here at Stonemountain, and we're delighted to see that love catching on.  If you're unfamiliar with this fabric, you should definitely come in and feel some, or pick up our Fall 2015 Swatch Packet, which includes two large samples of boiled wool!

Boiled wool is a felted knitted wool:  the fibers get wet and agitated in order to felt and are then compressed, which gives boiled wool its lovely texture.  During this compression process, pockets of air become trapped in the fabric, which makes boiled wool very cozy.  But despite being bulky, boiled wool still has a beautiful drape, lending itself well to loose or boxy jackets and coats.  Lately, lots of clothing brands seem to be as taken as we are with boiled wool!

From left to right:  Eileen Fisher, Michael Kors, Free People, Land's End.

Back in 2013, the daughter of Stonemountain & Daughter, co-owner Suzan, had a jacket made for her in a rich chocolate brown boiled wool.  It really made us see Vogue Pattern #8430 in a new light!

What We'd Make with Boiled Wool this Season

Here's some other patterns we carry that would be great in boiled wool!

We would love the Cascade Duffle Coat in our pumpkin colored boiled wool:  it would be such a perfect fall jacket!

Or how about a classic peacoat style—Thread Theory's Goldstream Coat—in this camel colored boiled wool/viscose blend?  The viscose makes this boiled wool lighter weight, which would be useful for a more detailed pattern like this.

We think this chic cream color jacket (Vogue 9140) would be so nice to snuggle up with this fall/winter season.  Marci Tilton sure makes great jacket patterns for boiled wool!

We love the drape of this New Look jacket as well, which we would love to see in a fun bright color like this rose boiled wool/viscose.  This would be the kind of piece you could just throw on over jeans and still look fabulous.

Since 100% boiled wool is so bulky, buttonholes can sometimes be tricky.  This coat alternatively uses a wrap style, which would be great in boiled wool.  We love the heathered look of our boiled wool in Smoke with this shawl collar Burda coat.

Tips for Sewing Boiled Wool 

  • Choosing a suitable pattern is important when dealing with bulky fabrics, since detailed seaming, pleats, darts, and gathers won't work well.  Check the fabric recommendations on your pattern of course, but also take a good look at the line drawing to gauge its appropriateness. 
  • You shouldn't need interfacing for such a bulky fabric, and it's best to get rid of facings or linings.  If you've chosen a great pattern for boiled wool, you may not even have to.
  • A standard presser foot should do the trick, but you may want to try a walking foot if your machine has trouble with thick fabrics.
  • Consider using alternative closures to buttons, like the toggles shown on the Cascade Duffle Coat or the wrap style of Burda 6704.
  • There's no need to preshrink boiled wool, and it's usually best to dry clean your completed garments, unless instructed otherwise by your fabric's manufacturer.

What Would You Make?

Tell us what you would create with boiled wool!  And if you've already done so, send us pictures at  We love to see customer creations!