Wool has been used for centuries for clothing, bedding, and other textiles. It is a versatile and sustainable material that is harvested from sheep. The process of creating a wool duvet involves several steps, including shearing the sheep, washing and processing the wool, and creating the duvet itself. Let’s take a closer look at the journey of wool from sheep to duvet!
Step 1: Shearing the Sheep
The first step in the wool duvet process is shearing the sheep. Shearing is the process of removing the fleece from the sheep’s body. Sheep on our farm are sheared about once a year. We hire a professional shearer with years of training who quickly and efficiently clips each sheep’s fleece … just like getting a haircut. Shearing is an important process for the sheep’s welfare and comfort because it helps prevent heat stress and other health issues. A sheared sheep is a happy sheep! During the shearing process, the wool is removed in one piece and is then bundled and sent for processing.
Step 2: Washing and Processing the Wool
Once the wool is removed from the sheep, it is washed and processed. The washing process (also called scouring) involves removing any dirt and impurities from the wool. The wool is then carded, which is the process of separating and straightening the fibres. The carding process creates large fluffy sheets of batting, which is then used as the filling for the duvet. A basic biodegradable soap is used for the scouring which takes out impurities but leaves some of the natural lanolin on the wool. The carding does nothing change the fibres just lines them up. As a result, you get to experience wool in it’s most simplest and amazing form … nothing added or taken away!
Step 3: Creating the Duvet
After the wool is processed, it is ready to be turned into a duvet. Our wool duvets are expertly sewn in Canada by layering the wool batting between two layers of fabric and then stitched together. The stitching holds the wool in place and prevents it from shifting inside the duvet. At Revolution Wool Company we use a pure cotton fabric that is grown and milled in the United States. We’d love to grow our own cotton but alas out climate is not suited for it so we work with our closest neighbors and source their amazing cotton. Cotton fabric allows maximum breathability for the wool. Once the duvet is finished, it is then packaged and ready to be enjoyed.
The journey of wool from sheep to duvet is a simple yet fascinating process that involves several steps. Each step involves working with skilled craftspeople who have years of experience in creating quality products. It can be a time-consuming but rewarding process that involves careful attention to detail and quality control at every step of the way. From shearing the sheep to washing and processing the wool, to creating the duvet itself, every step is carefully done to ensure the quality and sustainability of the final product. So, the next time you snuggle up in your cozy wool duvet, remember the journey it took to get there.