SALE - Sustainable Wool Fabric 100% Made in USA - For Intentional, Dreamy Sewing!

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+ $6.00 shipping
$56.00
$14.00
$14.00+
+ $6.00 shipping
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Preparation takes 1-2 business days
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I’m super excited to share a very limited quantity of this very special fabric! If you, like me, have been wishing for some fabric you could believe in, something made a little closer to home, where you know something about the people and the processes behind it, keep reading:

Fabric Details:

This beautiful 100% wool fabric is pure black (I lightened some of the detail pictures so that you can see the weave). It’s a plain weave structure, using a bit thicker yarns and more open weave than you might expect in a garment fabric. It has a wonderful substantiality combined with great drape.

This would make a fantastic classic shirt, or a dynamite little black dress! A pattern that shows off both the drape and the structure of the fabric would be ideal. For a shirt may I suggest: the Grainline Archer, Colette Aster, or Sewaholic Granville patterns? For a dress, the Sewaholic Nicola, Made by Rae Washi Dress, or one of Colette’s like Dahlia or Crepe would be awesome. This fabric would also look great as lightweight trousers, especially with a lining.

Full disclosure: there are some small, not very frequent flaws that appear as tufts of yarn on the wrong side of the fabric (otherwise the two sides of the fabric are identical—see 4th picture). They should be easy to cut around, or hide on the inside of the garment, as long as you’re aware of them.

This fabric is 55” wide. I hand washed a swatch in warm water and wool-safe detergent, line dried, and pressed it with steam—it came out great! I recommend similar care for your finished garment. Remember to wash before cutting and sewing. I like to wash big pieces of fabric in my bathtub. I’m a fairly wool-tolerant person, and I’m fine having this right next to my skin.

PLEASE NOTE: this fabric is priced by the full yard, and quarter yard. You may need to add 1 yard and 1/4 yard sections to your cart separately, but I will cut your fabric in one continuous length unless you request otherwise.

The Story:

The Columbia wool in this fabric was raised on Imperial Stock Ranch (of Imperial Yarn fame)—a place where the ranchers are as committed to the restoration of their land and sustainability of their operation as they are to continuing their 100+ year-old tradition of sheep ranching.

To make a very long story short: Jeanne Carver, one of the owners of the ranch, has spent the past decade and a half developing her own supply chain to bring the ranch’s wool directly to consumers, as yarns and finished goods. The fabrics I have here are the bolt ends from a fashion line they launched, and thus represent something almost impossible to find: quality wool garment fabrics made in the USA!

Jeanne believes passionately in American labor and American manufacturing, and so every step of the processing from wool to yarn to woven fabric happened domestically.

As she says, although the vast majority of the American textile industry has vanished, there are still enough mills to make whatever we want. Maybe THE biggest way you can help bring more sustainable, domestically made fabrics to the market is to tell us what you want! If you could have the wool fabric of your dreams, and feel good about where it came from, what would it be? What would you make—a coat, a suit, a dress? Let me know! You can get in touch here on Etsy or via my blog at tashamillergriffith.com, where you can also read more about the story of how I got this fabric in the first place, and a list of other sources for semi-local, responsibly made fabrics!

Since there’s so little of this fabric, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me to send swatches, but if you have any other questions I can answer please let me know!


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Preparation takes 1-2 business days
Arrives from the United States
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I usually ship USPS fist class. Contact me to request faster shipping, insurance, etc., I am happy to provide it. International buyers, please be aware that you are responsible for paying all import duty, tax and/or fees which may be required by your country when your package arrives.


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AZ residents must pay state sales tax.


Returns & exchanges

I intend my work to be quality and to last for years. If you have a problem or question about your purchase, please contact me! I will replace or repair items lost or damaged in shipping, or that fail because of something I did. If your dog eats it, I would be happy to fix that as well, for a small charge.


Additional policies

FAQ: What is the difference between wet felting, knitting and felting, recycled felt, etc.?

A: True "wet felting" involves making fabric, in flat or 3-D shapes, starting with just brushed wool. No sewing, knitting or stitching is involved, every piece is attached at the same time the felt is made and thus is permanently fused into the whole. Hot water, a little soap and a LOT of agitation in the form of rubbing and rolling are all that is used. If you look closely at some of my wet felted bags, you can see a “shadow” where some of the fibers from the inner layer have migrated all the way to the top layer around the bottom and sides.

Recycled felt, and knitting and felting, employ the same natural process, but starting with yarn and fabric that is already made. If you have ever washed a wool sweater in the washing machine by accident, and it came out tiny and stiff, you are familiar with this type of felting. Many knitters make their projects much bigger and looser than normal, to allow for lots of shrinkage in the felting process. Woven fabric can also be finished this way, the historical term is "fulling" which is also used by wet felters to mean the second (shrinking) stage of the felting process.

Needle felting (which I don't do) is a dry process, using a barbed needle. It allows for very fine sculptural effects with a small amount of wool, but is generally not durable enough for to hold together in a hard-wearing item.

If you have more questions, I am happy to answer them, just let me know!