We've Got the Wool

Marcus is fast becoming a leading wool resource for creative stitchers everywhere, whether your style leans toward rustic / primitive or mostly modern. As a trusted wool supplier for over 4 years, we're excited to be a part of the continued rise in appliqué and wool stitching projects worldwide. We offer a top-quality woven construction, with a wonderful hand that can be used as it is, or felted for added loft and luxury.

FULL COLOR PALETTE: 40 in-stock colors include 38 solids, from traditionals to jewel tones to brights, plus two heather tones.

Look for the Marcus WOOL COLLECTION in 8-yd bolts, 1-yd cuts, and in convenient 10" x 10" square packs, plus assorted "Scrap Bags" (when available).

More Wool Projects!!

Wool Appliqué Pillows
Holiday Wreath
Coming Soon!
Acorns in Every Color
Coming Soon!
Neck Warmer
Pink Ribbon Table Topper

What Is Felted Woven Wool?

First, let's explain the differences between felted wool and wool felt. Felted wool is a woven wool fabric that's been washed and agitated in hot water and dried with heat. This process condenses and compacts (felts) the fibers and results in a lovely soft, fluffy fabric that won't fray. Projects made with felted woven wool can be laundered without the worry of shrinkage or fraying. By comparison, "Wool Felt" is made up of individual wool fibers that have been wet, heated, and tightly compressed together, as opposed to being woven together. Wool felt cannot be laundered as successfully as felted woven wool.

To Felt or Not to Felt - It's Your Choice

Felted woven wool looks soft and fluffy and very inviting off the bolt! Some shop owners will felt the wool for you when the fabric first comes in, so that it's pre-shrunk and ready for your appliqué project. If you purchase your wool unfelted, your first decision will be whether to use it as it is, or to felt it yourself.

How to Felt Woven Wool

Felted woven wool looks soft and fluffy and very inviting off the bolt! Some shop owners will felt the wool when the fabric first comes in, so that it's pre-shrunk and ready for customers' appliqué projects.

  1. Wash the wool on a hot cycle, agitating for approximately 20 minutes. Spin (Normal cycle).
  2. Machine dry on a Warm/Hot setting. Allow about 45 minutes for a 5-yard piece, depending on your dryer.
  3. Remove wool from the dryer immediately and wrap on a cardboard fabric bolt to avoid creasing the wool.

Can This Wool Be Overdyed?

We have provided a wonderful palette of colors in our Wool Collection, but yes, of course they can be used for overdyeing! Follow these quick tips:

  • Soak wool for at least 24 hours before dyeing and include a little rinse aid in the water to help wool to absorb the water. Dry or damp wool will not accept the dye.
  • Dye in half yard quantities in a large stainless steel saucepan (not aluminum) as the wool needs to be agitated freely for even color.
  • Use liquid fabric dye, or prepare powder dye bath according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • The color of the base wool you choose will alter the end color achieved. Experiment, letting your samples dry fully to determine the true end colour. Air dry, machine dry, or speed the dryingprocess with a dry iron.

NOTE: As a bonus, in the process of dyeing your wool, it will also end up beautufully felted -- keep this in mind, planning ahead for any possible shrinkage after dyeing.