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Waxed wool

Posted: March 21st, 2013, 8:04 pm
by jlynchy
Does anyone have a source,heard of it?

Re: Waxed wool

Posted: March 22nd, 2013, 12:48 pm
by Lmo
Waxed cotton... yes.

Coming from sheep, wool is pretty "waxy" (lanolin) to begin with. I have an old heavy wool turtleneck sweater that I sail in and I seldom even feel damp when wearing it.

I'll bump this question over to the Softgoods forum. It may find a bit more specific answer there.

Re: Waxed wool

Posted: March 22nd, 2013, 3:36 pm
by TaylorWelden
I doubt their is a supplier for such a thing.

In all my years, I've only heard of wool felt being sold as is, never waxed.

As Lmo mentions, wool has natural oils in it (lanolin) which act similar to wax, in the sense that it adds natural water resistance (not 100% waterproof).

I'd suggest that if you really want waxed wool felt, you should pick up some Otter Wax and DIY. I think it would turn out pretty cool actually.

Please post photos of your process and results!

Re: Waxed wool

Posted: March 22nd, 2013, 6:36 pm
by Lmo
jilynchy, there is some "waxed wool" information out there via Google ... I just thought I'd let you find it. :wink:

Just wondering if wool's natural lanolin content wouldn't tend to resist waxing.

Otter Wax - ingredients; beeswax and lanolin....