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All About Wool

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Since before recorded history, mankind has clothed himself in wool. Primitive man discovered that the woolly skins of wild sheep could be made into a versatile durable material which provided protection from cold, wind, rain and heat alike.

Over thousands of years Innovation and Technology have kept Wool at the forefront of clothing fabrics, developing cloths which are soft, luxurious and beautiful. To this day the basic qualities of Wool are unsurpassed by any other fibre, natural or manmade.

WOOL
Wool is a broad term for a yarn or fabric made from the fleece of an animal, usually a sheep.

Why wear wool?
An active fibre, wool makes great insulators
- keeping you cool on sunny days and warm on colder days.

The ability to absorb large moisture vapour then move it away to evaporate into the air.
So Merino wool clothing is extremely breathable and less prone to clamminess.

Wool’s natural elasticity help your wool garments stretch with you yet return to its original shape

Today, Merino wool is the world’s wool of choice. The Merino sheep,
originally bred in Spain, now bred across Australia and  New Zealand .

Merino wool is prized for its exceptionally fine fibres,
making it one of the finest and softest wool of any sheep.

 

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Huddersfield Find Worsteds supports the Campaign for Wool which aims to educate as many people as possible about the incredible benefits and versatility of wool in fashion, furnishings and everyday life. The Campaign for Wool is a global community of sheep farmers, retailers, designers, manufacturers and consumers. We are united by our patron His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

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The process

How It's Made

From Sheep to Suit is a long and complex process. Each stage is carried out by expert craftsmen...here are the basics:

Shearing

Sheep are shorn in spring or summer, with skilled shearers collecting up to 3000 fleeces each day.

Classing

The fleece is classified according to Micron, Length, Strength and Elasticity

Baling

The Fleece is packed into bales, weighed, certified and ready for sale.

Scouring

At this stage the Fleece is greasy, dirty and smelly! It’s washed or ‘scoured’ in huge vats.

Carding & Combing

Opens up the matted raw fleece and creates a web of fibers or “sliver.”

Gets rid of short woollen fibres and leaves long, smooth uniform Worsted ‘Tops’.

Top dyeing & Drafting

The un-spun fibres can by dyed at this stage, or go straight to spinning.

Teases out the ‘tops’ so they are thin, uniform and ready to spin into yarn

Spinning & Twisting

The fibres are spun together to create a thin, smooth length of yarn.

2 or more Yarns may be twisted together to give extra strength & stability or for colour effects.

Yarn Dyeing & Warping

‘Greige’ or un-dyed yarn can be coloured at this stage.

Vertical ‘warp’ yarns are laid out on the loom according to the designers’ instructions.

Weaving & Mending

Horizontal ‘weft’ yarns are woven across the Warp to produce the final fabric.

Cloth is inspected and any small faults are fixed by hand. This can take between 2 and 40 hours.

Finishing & Scouring

At this stage the cloth is greasy, stiff and needs to be washed and treated to give the desired finish.

The first stage of Finishing. Cloth is simply washed with Pennine Water and Natural Soap.

Milling, Cropping & Perching

A shrinking process that interlocks the fibres of the cloth to give a matted texture, such as Flannel or Felt.

Removes excess surface fibres improving the look and performance of a fabric.

The finished cloth is draped over the ‘perch’ table and inspected again for any miniscule faults.


Warehouse & Delivery

We have multiple warehouses in several country to serve our cusomers.

New Jersey, USA  
Huddersfield, England
Shanghai, China 

3-5 days delivery duration for Malaysia customers. Import directly from above location. 


Woollen or Worsted?

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Woollen cloths are made from shorter, often thicker, fibres and give a fuller, textured yarn, such as those used in a Tweed fabric. i.e Alsport, Harris Tweed and English Flannel. 

Worsted cloths are made with the rarer long, smooth fibres and the resulting cloths are finer and smoother to the touch. Most of our cloths are made with Worsted Fibres. i.e Classic II, Fresco & QZ



Microns and Super Numbers?

A micron is a measurement of the diameter of wool fibres, the smaller the micron, the finer the cloth.

Human Hair - 60-90 Microns
Carpet Wool – 35-45 Microns
Harris Tweed – 25 - 30 Microns
Hardy Minnis Classic II – 20.5 Microns
Hardy Minnis QZ cloth - 16 Microns



‘Super’ numbers are often used to refer to the fineness of a cloth. The Super number i.e. Super 120’s referrers to a cloth made with fibres of a specific micron. The higher the number, the finer the fibre.

Super 120’s – 17.5 Microns
Super 140’s - 16.5 Microns
Super 150’s - 16.0 Microns
Super 180’s - 14.5 Microns

Traditionally a high super number was synonymous with a lighter weight cloth but HFW innovative Q Project cloths have turned this notion on its head, by using a 16Micron Super 150’s yarn, to make a relatively heavy weight cloth. 

Address

Office
S-03-08, One SoHo Subang, Jalan Kemajuan, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

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No. 42B, Jalan SS20/10, Damansara Kim,
47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Op: Monday - Saturday (Sunday Close)
H: 1900 - 2330