5:01 pm on Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Wool has many benefits, but some of the best benefits are when you sleep on wool bedding. Since we spend so much time sleeping, it makes sense to invest in items that can help us sleep better. Here is a list of some of those amazing benefits.
- There have been studies done that show your heart rate lowers when you sleep on wool as compared to synthetic materials, which results in a deeper sleep. It breathes better than synthetics and helps to increase periods of deep rem sleep.
- Wool is therapeutic as it can help prevent bed sores and provides great comfort for anyone who spends a long time in bed.
- Wool is an amazing insulator as its warm in the winter and cool in the summer, because it breathes with your skin. This helps regulate your body temperature all year long.
- Due to wool’s natural springiness it provides excellent support to help relieve pressure points and muscle aches. Also, people who suffer from fibromyalgia, arthritis and rheumatism can get relief due to the natural cushioned softness from wool.
- An added benefit of wool is that it is naturally very flame resistant so it helps to provide a safer sleep. It is also used in mattresses to have them meet fire safety codes without using toxic chemical flame retardants.
- Wool is naturally hypoallergenic which lets people with chemical sensitivities sleep without suffering if the wool is untreated.
- Dust-mite allergens are a leading trigger for asthma attacks, but dust mites need moisture to survive, and since wool is excellent at wicking away moisture, they don’t like wool. Other types of bedding, such as down, feathers, or synthetic materials are more of a haven for dust mites.
Sleep is a huge part of our lives and crucial for good health, so it is very important to get a great nights sleep. Let wool be nature’s natural answer to help give you the perfect sleep.
8:46 pm on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Merino wool is famous for its high quality. This wool is very soft and feels very comfortable against your skin. These sheep are famous for their thick, fine fleece that is highly suitable for spinning and weaving into a fine fiber that is used mainly for clothing. Merino wool has quite a long and interesting history, so this post will give a brief history of how this particular wool type came to be so famous.
The merino breed of sheep originally came from south Portugal from where it was introduced to Spain. A fine wool monopoly was built in Spain, as they were noted for their fine wool. Spain introduced the merino breed into Australia in the late 1700’s which kick started the Australian merino sheep industry.
In Australia the farmers did further selective breeding which soon produced the authentic Australian Merino wool, with its even finer wool. Australian merino sheep continue to this day to play a major role in international fashion due to their high quality.
Merino wool was introduced to North America in the early 1800’s by the United States Ambassador to Spain. The wool was imported from Portugal. From 1810 and onwards, the merino wool industry shifted to mainly Germany, United States and Australia.
Australia has the most advanced wool industry due to their highly developed wool marketing system. They have a trained workforce of 20,000 wool classers who prepare clean white merino wool for processing. Australia is also the world’s present day leading producer of wool, of which most comes from merino sheep.
Due to the timeless appeal of merino wool, fashion designers all over the world produce quality wool apparel that showcases nature’s amazing fiber.
1:31 pm on Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Sheepskin coats have some very distinct benefits that make them a very practical and fashionable choice for your wardrobe. These coats come loaded with practical benefits that make them an ideal choice for wearing all year long. Here are some of the top benefits:
- Outstanding warmth is one of the main advantages due to the wool on the coat’s inside. Wool is excellent for heat retention, so this coat will keep you warm on those cold days.
- These coats are extremely durable and will provide years of warmth and comfort. These coats have been known to last for decades with proper care.
- A Sheepskin Coat is naturally water resistant which provides good protection in the rain.
- Moisture wicking is a huge benefit that comes with sheepskin coats. The wool will wick away perspiration from your skin, which allows you to stay warm and dry.
- The versatility of sheepskin coats is unparalleled in that they provide comfort in a wide variety of climates. Due to wool’s excellent breathabilty and moisture wicking abilities, these coats will keep your body temperature regulated in a wide variety of environments.
- Perhaps the most obvious benefit is that these coats are extremely stylish. These coats have an elegant style that is also casual at the same time making them perfect for any occasion.
Sheepskin coats make for a great investment as they are the perfect combination of durability and stylish fashion. Go ahead and buy that sheepskin coat and enjoy comfort and stylish fashion all year long.
7:56 pm on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Sheepskin slippers are not only stylish and cozy but come loaded with some important benefits. Due to some of the unique and valuable benefits of sheepskin wool, these slippers are a good choice for your feet. We will list some of the fantastic benefits these slippers have.
- Sheepskin wool can absorb up to 33% of its weight in moisture without your feet feeling damp. The wool will wick away moisture from your feet, keeping them warm, dry and comfortable. This also allows for your slippers to be very breathable.
- The soft feel of sheepskin on your feet can help reduce stress and give you a greater sense of relaxation.
- Due to wool’s springy fibers, these slippers help to reduce the risk of pressure ulcers. Also, they help to distribute your body weight evenly, thus providing a higher level of comfort.
- Sheepskin has lanolin which is an antibacterial and helps to cut down on foot odor. Lanolin’s natural oils are similar to what humans produces and is not abrasive, which means less friction and irritation for your feet. Due to lanolin, your slippers can help to heal inflamed or sensitive skin.
- Sheepskin is a strong and durable fiber which enables your slippers to last a long time.
- Unlike a Rayon material product which will break after 75 bends, Sheepskin wool can be bent over 20,000 times without the fibers ripping. This results in a higher quality and longer life expectancy for your slippers
- Sheepskin wool not only will keep your feet toasty when they’re cold, but it also has the ability to wick away moisture when your feet are too warm, keeping you warm, comfortable and dry.
- Due to sheepskins heat retention ability it helps to promote blood circulation, which can be helpful for diabetics or anyone suffering from circulation issues.
- Many fur products don’t do well when exposed to water. Sheepskin suede on the other hand is naturally water resistant. But that doesn’t mean you should go jumping in puddles wearing your favorite sheepskin slippers. For added protection you may also spray the suede exterior with high quality water and stain protector.
- Sheepskin is commonly a by-product of the wool and food industry. Instead of going to waste, sheepskin is tanned and used in clothing and footwear.
Sheepskin slippers are nature’s answer to sore and tired feet. Go ahead and enjoy the many benefits that come from these slippers, while being stylish and cozy all year long.
2:50 pm on Thursday, April 16th, 2015
World War one & two had a large and important influence on sheepskin flight jackets. We will explore some of this rich history and the impact it had on these jackets. In world war one most airplanes did not have an enclosed cockpit, so the pilots needed to wear something to keep them warm. World war two saw planes flying at even higher altitudes which caused cockpit temperatures to be even colder, so the need for a thick, warm flight jacket was essential equipment.
The U.S army had established the Aviation Clothing Board in 1917 and began distributing heavy duty leather flight jackets to help keep the pilots warm. These jackets came with high wraparound collars, zipper closures with wind flaps, snug cuffs and waists and some were trimmed and lined with fur.
The best known and most historical flight jackets in the United States are the A-2 and G1 jackets. In addition to these jackets, shearling jackets were recognized for being the warmest flight jackets. A shearling coat kept Lt. John A Macready warm enough to set a world record in April 1921 when he reached an altitude of 40,000 feet in his open cockpit style plane.
Today flight jackets are usually associated with the MA-1. These coats have become very popular worldwide as they are very warm and comfortable. In North America they also known as bomber jackets, in particular in the colder areas.
Flight jackets that were born out of the need to keep early pilots warm, have become a worldwide fashion staple that keeps people warm and stylish.
3:32 pm on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
Wool is a beautiful natural fiber that looks and feels amazing. However, this fiber comes loaded with some important health benefits. We will look at some of these amazing benefits and how they can benefit your health.
- One of the most important and well known benefits, is how wool can prevent bedsores. This is due to wool being a very springy fiber and how it supports and distributes your body weight better than any natural or synthetic fiber. Studies have shown that using sheepskin wool will dramatically help to prevent bed sores.
- Wool can actually help to keep your heart rate lower. A study was done to measure the effects of different fibers on people while they slept. They found that wool tended to keep the skin drier, but more amazing was that the test subjects had lower heart rates. This lower heart rate indicates a deep sleep, which is very beneficial. The test subjects with other fibers had a normal or higher heart rate compared to the people sleeping on wool.
- Wool can help to provide allergy relief due to its natural properties. Wool is naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites. This resistance to dust mites is due to the lanolin in the fibers which repels dust mites. Also, the fact that wool dries quickly helps to keep dust mites away.
- Wool has a natural temperature regulating property. Wool is able to do this by wicking perspiration away in hot temperatures and creates an insulating barrier in cold temperatures, which helps you retain heat. The benefits are that you will be more comfortable and drier.
As you have just read about some of the incredible health benefits of wool, go ahead and enjoy nature’s amazing fiber and feel better.
2:48 pm on Thursday, March 26th, 2015
- The most widely known sheep product is wool , which is used in many different types of clothing. It’s also used to make carpets and other diverse products, such as being used to fill mattresses and create tennis ball covers.
- Lanolin or wool wax, is a byproduct of wool. Lanolin is used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, as well it is used in making tape, printing inks and motor oils. Almost all beauty aids such as lipsticks, mascara and shampoos contain lanolin.
- Sheep cheese is used to make some of the world’s most famous cheeses . Cheeses such as Rogquefort, Feta and Ricotta are made using sheep’s milk. Sheep’s milk is also used to make yogurt, butter and ice cream.
- The skins from the sheep are used to create high quality leather. Also, sheepskin is commonly used to make the chamois cloth that is used for car washing.
- Persian lambskin is often used in fur coats and in fur trimmed accessories.
- Alternative uses for wool are increasing. For example, bricks reinforced with wool are stronger and less toxic than traditional bricks.
- Wool is being used for science and technology as the wool proteins are being used to create new wound dressings, bone graft implants and medical sutures.
As you have just read, you can see just how versatile sheep are and how they are used for so many items. So when you next wear your wool sweater, remember how amazing sheep really are!
2:47 pm on Thursday, March 19th, 2015
- This industry produces around 2.1 tons of wool per year. The top wool producing country is Australia, which makes about one fifth of the total wool production.
- This industry employs millions of people worldwide in the production, harvesting and throughout many processing stages.
- Wool is the world’s leading animal fiber and is produced in around 100 countries on around half a million farms.
- The yearly retail value of wool products is around US$80 Billion.
- There is nearly 816,000 tons of fabric produced yearly by this industry.
- A full two thirds of the wool harvest is used in the manufacturing of garments, and about one third is used for carpets, upholstery and rugs.
- This industry takes care of more than one billion sheep, with a high focus on animal welfare.
- There is over two million tons of yarn produced yearly.
- The IWTO (International Wool, Textile Organization) represents more than 200,000 commercial farms and several million small farms worldwide. They also represent more than 4000 wool and textile manufacturing companies.
- As of Jan 1, 2014 there were 5.21 million sheep in the United States.
- Australian merino wool is generally considered the highest quality, which is due to several factors. The primary factor is the experience and expertise of Australian farmers and how they select superior animals for breeding.
Wool is nature’s answer to our clothing and fiber needs. This natural fiber outperforms man made fibers, and can be used for a wide variety of garments and products. When you buy your next wool garment, you can feel confident that you are supporting a natural and environmentally friendly product.
5:51 pm on Thursday, March 12th, 2015
The sheep shearing process is where the wool fleece of a sheep is cut off by a shearer. This is a specialized process that requires a lot of skill so as to not injure the sheep. There are a few steps and important things to consider with regard to sheep shearing. Here is a list of some of those processes and general considerations.
- A sheep will be taken from the catching pen and then taken to the stand on the shearing board. Then the actual shearing is done using electric shears. A professional sheep shearer can shear a sheep in under a minute. The shearing is typically done in the spring in 8 hour shifts.
- Skirting the fleece is done right after the sheep is sheared. This is the process where you take the raw fleece and basically take out all the stuff that you do not want in the fleece. Things like twigs, skin fragments and leaves can be removed.
- Packaging of the wool is done after the skirting. Small producers put the fleece in cardboard boxes or plastic garbage bags. The wool will be pressed from large producers and the fleece will be put in large square bales, with clear plastic. The wool is then stored in a dry, clean place until its ready for market.
- Here are some world records for sheep shearing; One sheep was sheared in 38 seconds, 720 sheep sheared in 9 hours and the blade shearing record is 321 sheep in 7 hours and 40 minutes.
Shearing is a crucial and valuable step in the process of getting the wool fleece off the sheep and into the hands of producers who then create various wool items.
5:01 pm on Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Wool is an amazing natural fiber that has many benefits and can be used for so many items. The question is; what are the steps needed in order to process wool from sheep, which then goes into producing fabrics. Here are the major steps involved in wool processing:
- Shearing of the sheep is typically done once per year, often in the spring. The fleece recovered from a sheep can weigh between 6 – 18 pounds.
- Grading and sorting of the fleece, is the breaking up of the fleece based on quality.
- Cleaning and scouring is done to the wool to remove contaminants such as; sand, dirt and grease.
- Carding is the process that disentangles the wool and straightens it so its suitable for processing.
- Threads are formed by spinning together the wool to create one strand of yarn.
- Weaving is the process in which the yarn is woven into a fabric. There are two basic weaves; the plain weave and the twill. Woolen yarns come from fabric using the plain weave, and worsted yarns are created using the twill weave.
- Finishing is the process where the wool fabric undergoes a series of finishing procedures. These processes are: fulling (fabric is immersed in water to make the fibers interlock); crabbing (this permanently sets the interlock); decating (which is shrink proofing) and sometimes the fibers are dyed.
Wool is an exceptionally practical and beneficial fiber that nature has provided for us. It can be used year round due to it’s comfort and heat regulating abilities. Go ahead and enjoy nature’s gift to us with this incredible fiber.